d. January 31, 2020
It is Lima Kokua’s sad duty to announce the passing of long-time member and associate of ours, Murray Brown. Murray, who was a member for twenty years and an associate for twelve, passed away last Friday, January 31st in Rancho Mirage, CA. He last visited Lima Kokua five years ago, and was a dear and personal friend of our own Rick Fell since 1969. He will be cremated and eventually interred at Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Details and obituary will be posted as they become available.
Rest In Peace, Murray.
September 9, 1942 – January 25, 2020
Lima Kokua regrets to announce the passing of it’s long-time member and assistant treasurer, Leonard Jaffe. Born September 9, 1942, Len passed peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, January 25th. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Valley of the Temples Mortuary. Visitation 5:30; Service 6:00. The members of Lima Kokua offer our heartbroken condolences to the Jaffe-Shiratori Ohana.
Rest in Love, Len.
Ernest Kazuyoshi Harada
October 20, 1944 – April 5, 2019
ERNEST KAZUYOSHI HARADA, the well-known actor/entertainer/ singer, 74, died peacefully April 5, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends. Ernest attended Mid-Pacific Institute and, at 18, began studying acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and later, mime in Paris. Returning to the US, he appeared in over 35 films, including his first at age 23, “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968) and “Volunteers” (1985). He acted in a number of TV series and appeared in stage productions in Los Angeles. In New York, Ernest was featured in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim’s “Pacific Overtures”. He was a founding member of the Association of Asian Pacific American Artists, which advocates for more realistic depictions of Asians in the media. For the past nine years Ernest performed at the Hawai’i Yacht Club with his spouse and accompanist, Don Conover and both recently appeared in the cast of “Aging is Not For Sissies” at Manoa Valley Theatre.
In addition to his spouse, Ernest is survived by sisters Jean Matsueda and Dr. Ruth Harada. “Celebrating a Life Well-Lived” will be held at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Avenue, Saturday, June 15 at 4:30 pm; visitation, 3:30 pm. Floral wreaths and arrangements are gratefully declined; memorial donations may be made out to “Church of the Crossroads” with the notation “Ernest Harada and Don Conover Music Fund.”
The members of Lima Kokua wish to extend our most sincere and heartbroken affection to the Harada-Conover ohana. Ernest was loved and his absence is keenly felt.
Ernest “Sam” Heard
January 22, 1938 – January 25, 2017
ERNEST SAM HEARD was born on January 22, 1938, in Berlin, Germany and grew up on a ranch in Houston, Texas. His mother passed away when he was three years old. Sam had a very good relationship with his father but not with his subsequent step mother. He always mentioned his father and was very proud of him. Sam attended Texas A&M and represented the school on the swimming team. Sam loved to travel especially by train and enjoyed the finer things in life — fine dining, playing bridge, social gatherings, dancing, and singing. He also appeared in several Broadway shows, his favorite being “Cabaret”. When Sam retired from the military, he became a teacher in San Antonio, Texas before he moved to Oahu, Hawaii. While traveling in New York in 1986, he met his partner Raymond Yuen who was the member of the New York Ramblers Soccer Club. Sam became the manager of the club and traveled with them around the world for many years.
Sam was a volunteer in the USO office at the Honolulu Airport and was an active member of the Honolulu Rotary Club. He took his Rotary membership very seriously and made sure to attend every monthly meeting in Honolulu that he could; indeed, he even found the schedule of local meetings when he traveled. Sam was also a member of Lima Kokua, Inc, a social and charity club in Honolulu. After an exhausting and extended battle with liver cancer, he passed away on January 25, 2017 in Florida. There was a memorial service and burial at sea at Diamond Head with “Military Honors” on February 18, 2017. A grave side service was held near Fulshear, Texas on February 27, 2017 where he was laid to rest next to his father.
Rest in Peace, Sam. You are very much missed.
Donna Alene Spaulding
1932 – March 26, 2005
DONNA ALENE SPAULDING, 73, of Honolulu, died March 26, 2005 after a five month battle with lung cancer. Born in Rosalia, Washington, she was the daughter of George and Blanche Blackman. Donna attended the University of Washington where she received a degree in human development and then completed a masters degree in public health from the University of Hawaii.
Donna served as the executive director of the Hawaii Mental Health Association, the Hawaii Commission on Aging, and the Hawaii Multiple Sclerosis Society. She worked extensively with the renown author and speaker, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, she served as the director of San Diego Hospice prior to founding her own business — Linen Recovery of Hawaii. After her retirement in 2001, she remained extremely active in volunteer work with Lima Kokua and multiple other non-profit organizations.
Donna is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Debra Abrescia of Morrison, Colorado, and two grandchildren, Paul and Sean. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Tom Janson of Deerpark, Washington as well as three nephews, Dennis, Richard, Randall, and their families.
A private memorial service was held on the morning of April 29th with a “celebration of life” for her friends and family in the evening at the Honolulu Country Club. A scholarship fund has been set up in her honor through Lima Kokua.
Rest in Peace, Donna. Your wit, erudition, and contribution to Hawaii’s less fortunate will forever be remembered.