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Maui Obituaries: Week Ending Oct. 24, 2021

October 24, 2021, 5:36 PM HST
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Maui Obituaries for the week ending Oct. 24, 2021. May they rest in peace.

Mafatini Taimane-Laititi (Little Diamond) Mafatini III

Mafatini Mafatini

May 12, 2003 – Oct. 3, 2021

We were blessed with a beautiful sunrise on May 12, 2003, with the birth of our precious “Little Diamond”, Mafatini Taimane-Laititi Mafatini III, affectionately called “Mane Boy” by those whom loved him most. Hailing from beautiful Wailuku, Maui, Hawai’i, and while pursuing his dream in playing football in college, and while attending Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, our sweet son was called back home to his Heavenly Father on the sunset of Oct. 3, 2021.

He is the beloved son of and is survived by his mom and dad, Kaila and Leroy Mafatini Jr. And his big sister Jazzmyn Tinoi-Lia Kaila Mafatini, Raudy (brother-in-law), big brother Leroy Tama-Lelei Andre Mafatini Jr. III, and younger sisters: Talosaga Teine-Lelagi Mafatini, Tatiana Telesia-Lealalasagaoali’i Mafatini, Teuila Talitonu-Lealofamoni Ho’olaua’e Mafatini, and his baby sister, number seven of the bunch, his best friend, his “pork chops”, Anelu Tagiloimatafiafia-Leomalie Ku’uleikeilaha Mafatini, Krystal-Andre Kalima, and his adoring two nieces Vaimeli and Davina. Also survived by his maternal grandmother Sheilah Kalima and paternal granduncle and aunts Joe Semeli, Tu’u Semeli and Diane Semeli. And by our extended families and grandparents, including uncles, aunties and cousins, from near and far, both in this life and the next.

With older siblings on their own, Mane took over big brother and eldest sibling responsibilities. He loved and adored all of his younger sisters especially the baby, and would care for and protect them from all hurt or harm. He was dad’s right-hand man in all things, taking care of mom and the babies, taking care of the house and the yard, but more importantly, taking care of and being a confidant and loving son, to his dad, his best friend. He had his back no matter what.

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Mane was our gentle giant at home and afar but a force to be reckoned with on the court or on the field which is where he loved and longed to be the most. He was always respectful especially with his elders.

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He always stood up for those who needed a little louder voice or a few more inches in height to make known, “not while I’m here”. He was a leader of many but more importantly a team player with all. He loved lifting weights and watching football with his dad, he loved playing basketball and games with his youngers, singing, rapping and playing music with his olders. He loved up on his nieces and had a tender loving heart for his grandma Sheilah whom he adored. He was always respectful, loving, helpful and supportive to his mama.

Mane attended Wailuku Elementary, ʻĪao Intermediate and Baldwin High schools and graduated c/o 2021. He was smart, kind and considerate in the classroom. And he was a standout athlete from the time he was born, with his mama’s first words being, “look at the size of his hands and feet!” He started playing football at five years old and never stopped. He would soon pick up basketball and track and field events as well. He was always someone the “other team” looked out for. Mane could always walk his talk but if they were fortunate enough to know him, he played with respect for the game but more importantly respect for people. It carried both on and off the field where it counted the most.

He was and continues to be very much loved and praised by his mom and dad, his family, his friends, his teammates and all those whom were able to feel his BIG LOVE he had for them. Keep on smiling keep on shining my sweet son! We love you Mane Boy! Fly high with the angels my love!

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FUNERAL SERVICES: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kahului Stake Center located at 125 West Kamehameha Avenue, Kahului, Hawai’i 96732. Viewing: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Service to follow: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Face mask and social distancing required.


Dominga Yadao

Sept. 1, 1929 – Oct. 6, 2021

Dominga Cabacungan Yadao

Johnny Espiritu

Jan. 16, 1947 – Oct. 14, 2021

Johnny V. Espiritu

Jane Francene Yangson (Serdinia)

Jane Yangson

Aug. 13, 1939 – Sept. 25, 2021

Jane Francene Serdinia Yangson, 82, of Captain Cook, Hawai’i passed away on Sept. 25, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Jane was born on Aug. 13, 1939 in Honolulu to father Francisco Serdinia and mother Valentina Cenas. She was the 10th of 12 children, nicknamed ‘Jennie.’

Jane grew up in Honolulu with many happy memories spent with her siblings, many nieces and nephews, and helping out with her mother’s multiple entrepreneurial businesses. Jane graduated from McKinley High School in Honolulu in 1957.

Jane married Franklin R. Yangson in December 1958 in San Francisco, California. Upon relocation to Torrance, CA she began work for Garrett Airesearch as an aerospace analyst. Jane and Frank started a family in 1959 and had two children, ‘Franklin Jr.’ & ‘Kathy’.

Frank and Jane were happily married for 62 years living in Torrance raising a family and later retiring in Captain Cook, Hawai’i. Throughout their lives they were best buddies going fishing, hunting and camping all over California and Hawai’i. On these great adventures, they were accompanied by their children and later their grandchildren. Frank and Jane spent the rest of their lives happiest as reigning grand-patriarch and matriarch of their ’ohana.

Jane danced hula for 13 years on the stage and for her family. She was a gourmet chef with a passion for creating ‘onolicious’ meals and baked treats. Her mango muffins and shortbread cookies were coveted by family and friends.

Jane loved to travel with her family, listening to and attending operas, and documenting our family history in beautiful photo albums. She was always filled with joy as she hosted gatherings for family and friends with plenty of ono food and music.

Jane was preceded in death by beloved husband, Franklin Roosevelt Yangson, her parents Francisco Serdinia & Valentina Cenas Patria Serdinia Perez, her siblings Judith, Anita, Nelson, Josephine, Theophista, Paul, Douglas, Agnes, Richard and Ralph.

Jane is survived by her son Franklin Yangson Jr. of Kailua Kona, Hawai’i; daughter Kathryn (Michael) Barr of Torrance, California, her grandchildren Briana Wise and Celeste (Kathryn) Hinchey-Wise, Kevin Barr, & Kimberly Barr; her sister Evelyn Canales; sisters-in-law Marylyn Yangson & Jeanette Dacoscos; many nieces and nephews, relatives and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Project Hawai’i Inc. , https://helpthehomelesskeiki.org.

Condolences may be left on Jane Yangson’s online guest book at Ballard Family Mortuary.

A memorial service for Jane will be planned for December or January.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Kona Hospice, Kona Community Cancer Center, & St. Benedicts parish.


Henry Aiau Kauka Koa

Henry Aiau Kauka Koa

May 10, 1963 – Sept. 30, 2021

Henry Aiau Kauka Koa, 58, of Kahului, passed away on Sept. 30, 2021 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born on May 10, 1963 in Honolulu.

Aiau was a Harbor En-forcement Officer II, assigned DOT Harbor Police Unit, Maui District.

He was also a musician.

He is survived by his children, Olecis (Sami Valle) Koa, Oralani Koa; hanai son, Lanakila (Brandi) Kaoni; mother of his children, Lilyana Koa; grandchildren, Nonohe, Haliko, Kawaiho’ola, and Kilinahe Koa; siblings, Kailani Koa, Francis L. (Renette) Koa Jr., Herman (Ann) Koa, Molly Keolaokalani (Fredrick “Rico”) Koa-Ponce, Bertha Leilani (Lama) Koa-Siufanua, Kawaika (Charito) Koa; and Companion, Tracy Damas.

Aiau is predeceased by his parents, Francis Lono and Bertha Leilani Koa; and his parents in-law, Christopher “Ole” Olsen, and Ora Patricia Latham.

Visitation will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 at Ballard Family Mortuary; service will begin at 12:45 p.m., cremation will follow.

Due to COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are required. Temperature checks will be done upon entry to the funeral home.


Robert Kaohu Malaiakini

Robert Malaiakini

Nov. 29, 1951 – Sept. 25, 2021

Robert K Malaiakini passed away peacefully at Hospice Maui Hale on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, he was 69 years old. A Celebration of Life is being planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 at Robert’s home in Hāna.

Robert was a Vietnam Veteran who earned a Bronze Service Star. He retired from the County of Maui Hāna Public Works as a supervisor. Robert was a lifelong fisherman, his passion was deep-sea fishing. He enjoyed and excelled in many sports including paddling and coaching for the Hāna Canoe Club.

Robert is predeceased by his parents Sarah and Joseph Malaiakini, siblings; Violet (George) Lancaster, Diane (David) Aiana, Harry (Irene) Malaikini, Eleanor (William) Kamai, Raymond Malaikini, Viewed “Tiny” Malaikini, Mabel Bergau and his twin brother Ralph Malaiakini. Robert is is survived by his wife Patricia, grandsons Maua and Makoa Malaiakini, sister Armine (Randy) Medeiros, sister-in-law Lynette Malaikini along with numerous nieces and nephews and grand and great grand nieces and nephews. Robert cherished and was cherished by his family and his many friends.


Luis Manuel Velazquez

Luis Velazquez

Oct. 11, 1935 – Oct. 17, 2021

Luis Manuel Velazquez, 86, of Nāʻālehu, Hawai’i, died peacefully at Ka’u Hospital. A life-long athlete, Luis was scouted by a major league baseball farm team but chose instead to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force as a medic and x-ray technician before retiring. Luis was an avid scratch golfer with 11 holes in one in his lifetime and a serious green thumb. He was legendary for his ability to grow any type of fruit, vegetable, flower or plant with a special affinity for orchids of all types. He loved to be outdoors working with his hands surrounded by his garden that he designed with his wife. Luis had a wicked sense of humor and an artistic flair that will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered. He leaves a legacy of love, laughter, adventure and beauty.

Luis is survived by his wife Beverly; his children: Cris, Viki (Doug), and Margo, and stepson Jon Heikka; two grandchildren: Jeffrey Jarvis II (Kelly), and Maile Heikka; one great grandchild: Dawson Jarvis; three siblings: Ishmael (Trudy), Naida (Jose) and Ruben (Rosie); and seven nephews and nieces.

A military interment service will be held at the West Hawaiʻi State Veteran’s Cemetery on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at noon. Flowers are greatly appreciated but the family encourages you to plant a flower, tree or favorite plant in his memory in the place of your choosing in lieu of.


Carmelo Mandac Patoc

Carmelo Mandac Patoc

Dec. 22, 1944 – Oct. 08, 2021

Carmelo Mandac Patoc, 76, of Kahului, Maui, passed away on Oct. 8, 2021, with family at his side, under the care of Islands Hospice. He was born on Dec. 22, 1944, in the Philippines.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Ballard Family Mortuary; service starts at 7 p.m. with visitation continuing until 9 p.m. Mass will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at Christ the King Church; burial will follow, 11 a.m., at the Maui Veteran’s Cemetery in Makawao.

Carmelo is survived by his beloved wife, Amanda Patoc; son, Wesley Patoc; step-mother, Bibiana Patoc; and half brothers, Elmer Patoc (Beth) and their son Elliot Patoc, and Chester Patoc (Marina) and their daughters, Addision Patoc and Annika Patoc.

Due to the COVID pandemic, the use of masks and social distancing practices are required.


Brittney Waipa-Agudo

April 1, 1989 – Oct. 3, 2021

Brittney Nicole Waipa-Agudo, 32 of Honokaʻa, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 at her home. Born in Hilo, Hawai’i, she was a homemaker.

Private services held.

She is survived by her husband, Dustin Agudo; daughter, Brianna Waipa-Alexander; parents, Richard Waipa, Marlyce Correira; brother, Zachary (Kanoe) Waipa; numerous aunties, uncles and cousins

Monetary donations can be sent to: P.O Box 1073 Honoka’a, HI 96727.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.


John M. Briones

John M. Briones

Nov. 12, 1928 – Oct. 8, 2021

John M. Briones, 92 of Kahului, Maui passed away on Oct. 8, 2021 peacefully under the care of Hospice Maui Hale. He was born on Nov. 12, 1928 in the Philippines.

John is pre-deceased by his Parents, Serapio and Cleotilia Quiocho Briones; brother, Rodrigo Briones and son, Jonathan Hashimura.

He is survived by his Sons, Jeffery Hashimura, Patrick Hashimura, John Briones, Jr. (Wanda Barbosa); and Steven (Tina) Briones; Daughters, Glynnis Hashimura, Carmela Hashimura, Lisa Briones (David Willis), Angela Briones (Wilson Kanakaole); Christina (Presco) Rosete, and Sherrylee (Michael) Watanabe; Brother Alfredo (Cecilia) Briones; Sisters, Marie Zarrella, Linda Floyd, and Beverly Lashley; numerous Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.

A Drive-Thru Services for John will be open to the public and held at Ballard Family Mortuary located at 440 Ala Makani Street, Kahului, Hawai’i 96732 on Nov. 5, 2021 from 12 p.m. through 1 p.m.


Michael Purdy Sr.

Michael Purdy

Feb. 17, 1945 – Oct. 13, 2021

Michael Napuaakekaulike Purdy Sr., 76, of ʻUlupalakua, Maui passed away on Oct. 13, 2021 in Wailuku. He was born on Feb. 17, 1945 in Kula, Maui.

Michael is survived by his second wife Marcie, children Michele Renta (Fred Sr.), Laurie-Ann Purdy (Rene’), Corina Aila (Regan Sr.), Michael N. Purdy Jr. Grandchildren Tiare Sr. Feliciano (Joey), Fred Renta Jr., Keola Purdy, Kamaka Purdy, Kamalu Purdy. Great grandchildren Luke, Keahi, Tiare Jr., Nainoa, Dicen, Ezekiel, Jahzaiah, Ciana, Iliahi, Colten and Koamalu.

Step-children Marcie “Bunnie” Greenwell and Alan Greenwell. Step-grandchildren Marley, Racine, Regan Jr. (deceased), Jovan, Jazmin, Christy, Latasha, Braxton, Alicia, Tialana and Kelly.

He is predeceased by his first wife Sandra and daughters, Haunani and Laura-Lee Purdy.

Private services will be held at Ballard Family Mortuary. Scattering of ashes will be in the pastures he loved at ʻUlupalakua.

Condolences may be sent to:
Marcie Purdy
HC1 Box 934
Kula, HI 96790

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