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Obituaries for Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Annie Wahinekula (Apo) Lacro

Annie Wahinekula (Apo) Lacro, 74, of Waimea, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2023, at the Queen’s Medical Center on O‘ahu surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Waimea, Kaua‘i, on Dec. 28, 1948.

She was a retired cafeteria helper at Waimea High School and a member of the Wai‘aka Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was an avid Bible reader, loved to cook for family gatherings, enjoyed doing word search puzzles and watching cooking shows. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her precious grandchildren and her beloved pet cuckatoo, Pearl.

Preceded in death by parents Samuel Apo Jr. and Katherine Makuaole Apo, brothers Bernard Makuaole Sr., Gary, Samuel, Alvin, Gilman, Darrell Apo and David Koani.

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Julian Lacro of Waimea, daughters Myra (Adrian) Lacro Castaneda of Hilo, Jennifer (Frank) Lacro-Iwai, Maureen “Mahe” (Sam) Lacro Vegas of Kekaha, three grandchildren Kaena, Blake Micah and Häloa.

She is also survived by the close knit bond of her siblings Kathy (Dennis) Eastman of California, Dal (Gordon) Tremaine of O‘ahu, Dani (Jim) Newman of Washington state, Sandra “Nani” (Henry) Silva of Hilo, Kaleo (Laverne) Apo of O‘ahu, Kaeo (Debbie) Apo of Hanapepe, Roy (Petra) Apo of Arizona, Clifford Apo of Waimea, Hartwell (Judy) Apo of Kalaheo and her aunt and mentor Grace Acain of Kekaha, sisters-in-law Margaret Lacro of Waimea, Esther Lacro of Kona, Diane Apo and Sandra Makuaole of Kekaha, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held on the grounds of the Pakala Plantation Estate at 1000 Kaumuali‘i Hwy, on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. Visitation with the family will begin at 9 a.m. followed by services at 11 a.m. The family suggests casual attire.

Yolanda Nalani Kaleiohi

Yolanda Nalani Kaleiohi, 76, passed away on Aug. 14, 2023. She was born in Lihu‘e on April 13, 1947, and worked as a campus aid at Kapa‘a High School.

She was preceded in passing by parents Peter and Mary Ramson, husband Ellsworth Abraham “Opu” Kaleiohi and siblings Adam Gilbert Ramson and Lydie Kawaihalau.

Yolanda is survived by son Ellsworth (Kehau) Kaleiohi, daughter Marisa Kaleiohi, grandchildren Lilia Rapozo-Kaleiohi, Saebre Kaleiohi, Kaumualii Rapozo-Kaleiohi, Doza Kaleiohi, Sealei Kaleiohi, great-grandson Alekona Andersland-Rapozo-Kaleiohi, siblings Lorraine Cadauas, Harvey Ramson, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service is Saturday, Oct. 14, at Anahola Club House. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. followed by service at 12 p.m. The family suggests casual attire.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Diasdado Layaoen

Diasdado Layaoen passed away on Aug. 22, 2023, in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i at the age of 65 years old. He was born on Feb. 6, 1958, in the Philippines. He worked as a ground maintenance at the Kapa‘a and Lihu‘e Marriott.

He was preceded in death by Cresencio Layaoen, Florentina Alipio and two brothers.

He is survived by wife Judith Layaoen of Lihu‘e, daughters Chesaley Layaoen of California, Dyann Layaoen of Kaua‘i, Creesha Layaoen of O‘ahu, grandchildren Connor White, Cole Fernandez, brother Joseph (Jocelyn) Layaoen of the Philippines, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, at Garden Island Mortuary. Viewing will be from 9 to 11 a.m., a celebration of life at 11 a.m., and burial will follow at the Lawai Cemetery. The family requests casual attire and welcomes flowers.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Leah Kanoelani Pereira

Leah Kanoelani Pereira, of Kekaha, passed away on July 25, 2023, in Waimea at the age of 73. She was born on Sept. 18, 1949, in Waimea. She was a licensed practical nurse.

She was preceded in death by father Isaac K. L. Ho‘okano, mother Mitsuko Kimura and nephew Hoku Ho’okano.

She is survived by husband Patrick Pereira, sons Patrick Liko Pereira of Waimea, Daniel Kila Pereira of Waimea, daughter Gina Marie (George) del Fierro of Makakilo, grandchildren Joshua Pereira, Tara del Fierro, Trey del Fierro, Kupono Pereira, great-grandchild Trekai del Fierro, brothers Aaron Ho‘okano of Honolulu, Isaac Liko Ho‘okano of Kekaha, sister Prellna McGee of California, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life is Saturday, Sept. 30, at the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Kekaha Enterprise Center. Talk story/visitation is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. followed by a celebration of life.

The family suggests casual attire, welcomes flowers and requests that koden (monetary gifts) be omitted.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

David Saichi Higashi

David Saichi Higashi, 94, passed away on Sept. 2, 2023, in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i. He was born on Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, on March 11, 1929, and was a Heavy-Equipment Mechanic Supervisor at the Lihu‘e Plantation. He served as a Private in the US Army and was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal and WWII Victory Medal.

He was preceded in death by parents Sakichi and Kiku (Morita) Higashi, son Andy Jiro Higashi, siblings Masayuki Higashi, Harry Higashi, York “Yukio” Higashi, Edith Higashi, and Peggy Yaka.

David is survived by his son Glyn (Wanda) Higashi, daughter Tina Therese Higashi, brother Richard “Kenji” (Mona “Misa”) Higashi, grandchildren Cherish Christine (Jeff) Mexia, Dustin Lee (Angela) Higashi, Javin Higashi, David Anthony Minoru Rapozo, Faith-Charle‘e Kasumi Rapozo, Kurt Andrew Saichi Rapozo, ‘Resa Rae Mikomi Rapozo, great-grandchildren Javlynn-Lee Mexia, Valoree Mexia, Sterling Mexia, Jubilee Mexia, Damien Makaio-Higashi, Leia Makaio-Higashi, Kai David Higashi, Laura Delphine Higashi, Kaylani Kauai Rapozo, Jahliah Lehua Theresa Rapozo, Jairus Anthony Minoru Rapozo, Kharmah Alaka‘i “GG” Leger, Chasie-Lei Emiko Rapozo, Easton Palata Saichi Rapozo, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, at Immaculate Conception Church. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with services to follow at 10 a.m.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the Higashi family with arrangements.
Source: The Garden Island

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