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Maui Obituary Notices: Week of Jan. 12

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Danilo Dancel

Danilo Dancel

October 10, 1955 – January 7, 2020

Services will be held on Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului.

Clifford DeMello

October 4, 1944 – January 5, 2020

He retired from Maui County Fire Department as a Fire Captain and Sears Roebuck as a Warehouseman. He loved playing and coaching volleyball. He was a big fan of Lahaina luna football and lady Lunas basketball. He also enjoyed making and decorating his yard with his beautiful Christmas decorations. He was predeceased by his wife Donnalene. He is survived by his

sons, Blaise (Stacy) De Mello and Daine (Kelcie) De Mello; daughters, Lisa (Alika) Cuttie and Anela Hoopai; as well as 15 grandchildren, Jaymen, Nalu, Aja, Sean, Shania, Mia, Alyssa, Kalia, Malika, Dallas, Kanoa, Rayne, Ayden, Kulia and Brennan. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 at LDS, Kahului Stake Center. Service will begin at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park in Wailuku.


James “Jim” Hobbs


May 3, 1956 – January 3, 2020

James (Jim) Carroll Hobbs was born on May 3, 1956 at Ladd Airforce Base in Fairbanks, Alaska to Jim Russell and Myrna Dennis (Counts).

Jim grew up and went to school in Hudson and Lufkin, Texas.

He joined the Army in 1974 and per his request was transferred to Anchorage after Boot Camp. , Texas and entered the military at 17 years old. He later became a flight attendant and made his way to Maui, Hawaii and got his first job at Robaire’s where he met his best friend, Gordon Jim who unbeknownst to him would become his future father in law. He was going through life changing events which GODS path lead him and had fell in love at first sight with his wife Suzanne (Suzi).
They married in 1984 (35 years) in Wailuku, Maui. Their family includes three married children, and nine grand kids.

Jim Hobbs was a lifelong adventurer, entrepreneur, waterman, utility helicopter pilot, boat captain, cowboy, artist and protector of his family. Watching Jim fly was like watching a hurricane with him as the center, man vs machine, controlled chaos in its most beautiful form. He was never afraid of hard work where he had accomplished very successful multifaceted careers. Jim always loved to help others; he would give the shirt off his back for anyone.


He visited Hawaii while working as a flight attendant with Wein Air Alaska and after a few trips and finding Maui, he never left again. He lived with Filipino families in Kahului and Kihei where he discovered local food and learned how to fight chickens. He waited tables in the best restaurants in Maui at night so that during the day he could surf, windsurf and commercial fish.

One day his wife Suzi said she wanted to be a EMT and he said he wanted to fly helicopters so they did and their professional careers carried their family.

He became the principal investor of The Limo Company in 2004 that has become a successful business.

After years of commuting back and forth from Hawaii to the mainland as a contract helicopter pilot for logging, seismic, search and rescue, heli-rappel crew flying, and fire suppression, Jim decided to lease his own helicopter and in 2009 he started his own helicopter company called Airborne Aviation when The Nature Conservatory on Kauai hired him for a 3 month contract. That was the start of relationships with multiple private, state and federal agencies. Airborne successfully grew in a elite competitive market in the specialty of helicopter utility work. Airborne Aviation was the first company to be awarded the contract for Kauai County’s first and only search and rescue helicopter service. To this day the company holds the contract and business continues to grow in the hands of new owners that took over the business in 2017.

As the company and relationships grew in Kauai, Jim was reintroduced to his love of horses and when his friend put a rope in his hand and showed him how fun it would be to catch a cow with a rope, in true Jim fashion he put all he had into learning this new team sport and ended up with 4-6 horses and 60 head of cattle.


Jim was the fun “OPA” as he was lovingly called, a nod to his first helicopter N520PA. With him there was adventure. He didn’t embrace the technological world of computer games and social media but
instead took his children and grandchildren to the outdoors where real life lessons presented themselves. They surfed, camped, hunted, on and off shore fished, rode horses, and flew in helicopters. His most recent adventure with the grandchildren and nephews was to bury a carcass of a small critter and call it an “archeological dig”.

In the last chapter of his life his passion for art was reignited and he spent many of his days perfecting his painting and drawing, by studying the greats and challenging himself. His art reflected a lifetime of memories that he related to, as he could not spend time at the canvas without feeling an emotional connection.

He is survived by his beloved wife Suzi Hobbs, children Ikaika (Dori) Hobbs, Sasha (Cody) Nakamura and Niko (Chante) Hobbs. The grandkids, in order of age are Koa, Ke’Oli, Noah, Evalyn, Harper, Keao, Isabella, Kaleo and Knox. His Father James Russell (Donna) and mother Myrna Dennis. Siblings are Carol (Ray) Preston, Jeff (Suzanne) Hobbs, Nancy (Randy) Smith, Robert Russell, Catherine Henry, and Michael Russell, and numerous extended family members.

A celebration of his life will be at Hope Chapel Kihei on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020: visitation 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.; service 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family has requested that donations be made to Maui Youth Rodeo, P.O. Box 119, Kula, HI 96790 and Hawaiʻi High School Rodeo Association Kauai District, P.O. Box 6736, Kamuela, HI 96743.

Kingsley Aweau

Kingsley Aweau

March 22, 1949 – December 30, 2019

Kingsley P. Aweau Sr., 70, of Wailuku, Maui, passed away peacefully on Dec. 30, 2019 at his Residence. He was born on March 22, 1949, in Honolulu.

He was a retired Mason for Hawaiian Dredging.

Kingsley is survived by his Spouse Verna; Sons, Kingsley (Debra) Aweau, Sean (Kalei) Aweau, Kawika M. (Deborah) Aweau, Kamaka Aweau, and Daughter Pomaikai (Shane) Henry; 3 Brothers and 6 Sisters; 12 grandchildren; 1 Great Grandchild. He is Predeceased by his parents Larry Aweau Sr., Mother Rose Estacado; and 2 brothers.

A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 on the Big Island at Carlsmith Beach park (A.K.A 4 Miles) in Keaukaha. Services will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Virgnia (Blondie) Hoopai Rivera Kuaana

Virgnia (Blondie) Hoopai Rivera Kuaana

March 15, 1936 – December 30, 2019

Virginia (Blondie) Hoopai Rivera Kuaana 83 of Wailuku, and formally of Kanaio, passed away on Dec. 30, 2019. She was born in Hāna, Maui on March 15, 1936 to Solomon and Beatrice Hoopai, both (Predeceased).

Blondie is predeceased by her husband Raymond Kuaana and son John Rivera. She leaves behind 8 Children Raymond (Maka) (Bill) Rivera, James (Kimo) Rivera, Duane (Grata) Rivera, Dexter (Remi) Rivera. Daughters Lorna (Ona) Kuumalae, Stacey (Moses) (predeceased) Hosino, Virginia (Ipo) (Clifford) (predeceased) Kamaka, Judy (Richard) Pavlik, 25 Grandchildren, 76 Great Grandchildren and 19 Great Great Grandchildren. And numerous Hanai children. Brothers Solomon (Bully) Hoopai Jr., Kenneth Hoopai (predeceased), Anson Hoopai. Sisters Kathy (Leena) Tanouye, Maizie Manaois (predeceased), Melanie Mau, Lynette Malaikini, Barbara Ann Benton, Robin Sylva, Martha Mizner.

Visitation will be held at Ballard’s Mortuary Friday Feb. 7, 2020. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. family, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8, 2020 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. family, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with service at 10:30 a.m. Luncheon will be held at Hawaiian Homes Hall in Paukukalo at 2 p.m.

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