Obituaries for Friday, August 27, 2021

Katie Ilima Lotus

Katie Ilima Lotu was born on March 24, 1972 in Kailua, O’ahu. In 1973 she moved to Kaua’i, where she lived until 2005

At the age of 24, she found her soulmate for life when she married Kiha Kinney in 1996. Together they raised five children. From Anahola, she made Las Vegas her home from 2005 to 2021. Their home became home to many Kauai youth who ventured to Las Vegas in hopes of living a life of endless possibilities.

She was always an energetic person who loved to connect with her ‘ohana and friends near and far.

While in Las Vegas, she campaigned for many career opportunities, from the aviation industry to home nursing to retail customer service. She started her village and her friends became her family.

Her greatest passion was love for her grandchildren. Most of the time she spent with La’ie, JJ, and Cassian, who lived in Las Vegas. She would often give FaceTime to her grandchildren Kamekona, Joli, and Joella on Kaua’i. Her kindness and consideration will be very much missed by all those touched by her warmth and love.

Private services are held by the family.

Helen Mildred Coffman

Helen Mildred Coffman of Lawa’i died on August 15, 2021 at the age of 90 at Wilcox Medical Center after a five year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born on June 10, 1931 in Lahaina, Maui, and moved to Kaua’i with her husband in 1959. She was a hardworking and devout Jehovah’s Witness, raised four children, and worked on the family farm every day.

Her parents Thomas Ritchie Gentry and Ada Mildred Scott, husband Richard Coffman and sister Pat Horton preceded her in death.

She leaves behind the brothers Ritchie (Mary) Gentry from San Diego and Jock (Jolene) Gentry from Honoka’a, Hawai’i Island, the children Linda (Keith) Silva from Kalaheo, Laura (Ralph) Owens from O’ahu, Lana Coffman von Lawa’i and Spencer Coffman von Lawa’i, the grandchildren Keri Silva and Zachary Silva, both from Kalaheo, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and friends.

Services are held privately by the family.

Linda F. Fujita

Linda F. Fujita, born on March 10, 1941 in Lihu’e, died of natural causes on March 25, 2021 at the age of 80 in Waipahu, O’ahu.

She graduated from Kaua’i High School in 1959 and from Colorado State University in 1963. Upon her return to Hawaii, she became a state teacher teaching at Waimanalo Intermediate and Kalaheo High School on O’ahu. She retired from teaching in 1996 and spent her time baking, traveling, and watching Korean dramas.

Her father Elmer Fujita, mother Hanako Iwamoto Fujita and the sisters Lurene (Yoshio) Ota and Barbara (Dan) Funamura preceded her in death.

She is survived by brother Calvin Fujita.

Services will be held on O’ahu at a later date.

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