HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hundreds of acreage burned, historic buildings gone, homes destroyed, thousands displaced, though nothing is as heartbreaking as the loved ones whose lives were lost in the Lahaina fires.
The Maui Police Department started releasing the names of the deceased who have been identified about a week after the fires.
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“We offer our deepest condolences to the families who are beginning to receive notifications about their loved ones,” said Mayor Richard Bissen. “As a community, we offer our prayers of comfort in this most difficult time.”
MPD said the death toll of the Maui fires stands at 100 and of those victims 99 have been identified.
The death toll was increased from 97 to 98 after a burn victim died from their injuries at a hospital on Oahu. It then rose again to 99 when additional human remains were found. On Nov. 14, Maui County noted “total estimated fatalities” had risen to 100.
Maui wildfire disaster victims:
Identified on Nov. 14:
Sharlene Rabang (78) of Lahaina
Identified on Nov. 1:
Lee Rogo (76) of Lahaina
Identified on Oct. 16:
Michael Misaka (61) of Lahaina
Identified on Oct. 11:
Dale Richter (66) of Lahaina
Leslie Smith (80) of Lahaina
Identified on Oct. 10:
Jeanne Eliason (57) of Lahaina
Eliason is survived by her daughter Leila May Torgerson who shared these words about her mother:
My mom Jean was the most amazing woman and finding out how absolutely loved she was by everyone makes my heart so full. Not only was she the best mom to me but she was the best mom to everyone. Her light was so bright and regardless of any situation she made the best of it which eventually taught me to do the same in life. Her faith in God was inspiring and from what she taught me was we all have that platinum card to heaven. It’s so sad knowing she was a month away from becoming a first-time grandma, she’s been asking for a grandchild since I met my husband 10 years ago. I know she’s watching over us and experiencing it all from heaven.
Identified on Oct. 5:
Michael Mahnensmith (80) of Lahaina
Identified on Oct. 3:
Laurie Allen (65) of Lahaina
Identified on Oct. 2:
Franklin Trejos (68) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 29:
Allen John Constantino (25) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 26:
Felimon Quijano (61) of Lahaina
Luz Bernabe (64) of Lahaina
Joel Villegas (55) of Lahaina
Adela Villegas (53) of Lahaina
Angelica Baclig (31) of Lahaina
Junmark Quijano (30) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 25:
Matsuyuki Osato (83) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 24:
Michael Morinho (61) of Lahaina
Ediomede Pavian Castillo (35) of Lahaina
Alfred Rawlings (84) of Lahaina
Maria Victoria Recolizado (51) of Lahaina
Justin Recolizado (11) of Lahaina
Terri Thomas (62) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 20:
Kirk Carter (44) Lahaina
Friends of Kirk Carter said he loved music and going to concerts. Carter, originally from Indiana, fell in love with Maui and became a resident in the early 2000s. Carter’s friends said he was found badly burned near the Safeway parking lot.
He was rescued and taken to a police station and flown to Straub in Honolulu. His friends said Carter succumbed to his injuries on Aug. 16, 2023. He is survived by his brother.
Identified on Sept. 19:
James Smith (79) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 18:
Revelina Tomboc (81) of Lahaina
Morris Kaita (74) of Lahaina
Richard Kam (88) of Lahaina
Linda Vaikeli (69) of Lahaina
Rex Cole (64) of Lahaina
The Maui Rescue Mission team who was close with Rex shared the following statement with KHON2 News:
“Rex was sweet with kind eyes. The Maui Rescue Mission team had been friends with him, and advocates for him, for several years. He was dearly loved by our team of volunteers and staff, and though he needed a higher level of care than our island currently has available, he was always ‘ohana at our Lahaina outreaches. He will be missed and remembered. A hui hou, Rex.”
Identified on Sept. 17:
Janet St Clair (75) of Lahaina
Douglas Matsuda-Boucher (65) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 16:
Michael Gordon (68) of Lahaina
Carole Hartley (60) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 15:
Marilou Dias (60) of Lahaina
June Anbe (78) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 12:
Buddy Carter (85) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 11:
Bibiana “Bhing” Lutrania (58) of Lahaina
Glenn Yoshino (75) of Lahaina
Rafael Imperial (63) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 10:
Floyd St Clair (75) of Lahaina
Leticia Constantino (56) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 5:
Louise Abihai (97) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 3:
Nicholas Turbin (71) of Lahaina *Maui County initially gave the wrong name for this victim. They corrected it on Sept. 27.
Anthony “Tony” Simpson (43) of Lahaina
KHON2 News spoke with Simpson’s family, click here for the full story.
Glenda Yabes (48) of Lahaina
John “Thumper” McCarthy (74) of Lahaina
Identified on Sept. 1:
Tim Nakamoto (69) of Lahaina
Identified on Aug. 31:
Leroy Wagner (69) of Lahaina
Identified on Aug. 29:
Gwendolyn Puou (83) of Lahaina
Edward Soto (76) of Lahaina
Joseph Lara (86) of Lahaina
KHON2 spoke with Lara’s family about their beloved father.
The family said, Lara was Lahaina born and raised. He later moved to Lanai for many years where he worked as a station manager for Maui Electric. After he retired, Lara moved back to Lahaina. His family said, he had a big personality, was very outgoing and enjoyed hanging out at Mala Wharf.
Lara was known for driving around Lahaina in his signature purple truck with his dog Haupia by his side.
“Everywhere my dad went, she was there, everywhere,” said Misty Lara, daughter of Joseph Lara. “I’m glad that we had received confirmation that they were together. So I’m glad that in their final moments, they had each other to somewhat comfort what they could in each other.”
Identified on Aug. 28:
Eugene Recolizado (50) of Lahaina
Mark Kaminsky (59) of Lahaina
Identified on Aug. 27:
David Nuesca Jr (59) of Lahaina
Carolyn Ono (73) of Lahaina
Po’omaika’i Losano (28) of Lahaina
Po’omaika’i Losano’s sister, Jayna Barut, told KHON2 “My brother was the kindest person. He was selfless and cared for everyone before himself. He went through a lot, but changed his life around, and he truly amazed me with all of his hopes and dreams. He loved his family and his sons unconditionally. He impacted the lives of everyone he met. Heaven is so lucky to have him.”
Identified on Aug. 26:
Pablo Pagdilao III (75) of Lahaina
Coleen Jones (59) of Lahaina
Identified on Aug. 25:
Roxanne Ibara-Hinau (68) of Lahaina
Rogelio Mabalot (68) of Lahaina
George Hall III (67) of Kahului
Identified on Aug. 24:
Todd Nakamura (61) of Lahaina
Bernard Portabes (75) of Lahaina
Family of four of Lahaina
Tony Takafua (7) of Lahaina
Salote Tone (39) of Lahaina
Faaoso Tone (70) of Lahaina
Maluifonua Tone (73) of Lahaina
According to the GoFundMe page, the family of four perished while attempting to flee the raging fire in Lahaina.
“They were discovered Thursday morning in a burned-out car near their home,” said Kevin Tanaka’s cousins who set up the GoFundMe page. “Words cannot express how devasting this is for the family, many who have lost everything.”
Tanaka’s cousins indicated that the rest of the family, nearly 20 people, are safe after safely fleeing fire and are temporarily living in a single home of one of the Tanaka’s cousins.
Seven-year-old Tony Takafua attended Nahienaena Elementary. His teacher and fellow students have created a memorial for him and another student, Josue Vargas’s 15-year-old brother, who perished in the fire.
“The stone represents the foundation of our community, the children, the kupuna, as you already know the most vulnerable but precious in the Hawaiian culture,” said Kiley Adolpho to KHON2’s Sam Spangler.
Bette Jo Dyckman (73) of Lahaina
Rebecca Rans (57) of Lahaina
Identified on Aug. 23:
Tau Ponali (66) of Lahaina
The Ponali shared the following statement of Tau:
“Our mother, Tau Ponali, was truly one of a kind. She was strong, thoughtful, passionate but above all she was a kind and caring person. Everyone that knew her knew she would do anything she could to help those she crossed paths with regardless if she knew them or not. She devoted her life to Jesus Christ and, believe it or not, she knew the Bible front to back and could recite any scripture she needed to at a moments notice. She spent her days under the banyan tree, always dressed in her favorite color white, fellowshipping and providing any guidance she could to help guide others through life. She loved local food, all kinds of music and was an avid movie enthusiast. Our mother was not afraid of anything, even death, because she knew God was with her to guide her. She touched so many lives, we will forever be grateful for her and she will always be remembered for that. She is at peace now in Gods care and we hope that brings some comfort to everyone who loved her.”
Valerie Kauffman (78) of Lahaina
A friend of Kauffman Nik Hilananda said Kauffman lived on Maui for many years and she is survived by her son.
Salvador Coloma (77) of Lahaina
Carlo Tobias (54) of Lahaina
Albert Kitaguchi (62) of Lahaina
Lynn Manibog (74) of Lahaina
Lynn’s daughter said her mother was so loving and caring. “All of this is devastating and we miss her so much. My mom held multiple positions at the Royal Lahaina Resort, from purchasing to payroll master. She retired from there after 35 years. Because she loved working and helping people, she spent the next 10+ years as a substitute teacher. Her favorite place to sub was King Kamehameha III School, the elementary school that was destroyed by the fire on Front Street.”
Lynn leaves behind two children, Brandy and Shannon Manibog. Lynn had five grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and one more great-grandchild on the way (due date is next month).
Identified on Aug. 22:
Clyde Wakida (74) of Lahaina
The family spoke with KHON2 News to take a journey back in time to remember him and their beloved plantation town. Click here to read the full story.
Todd Yamafuji (68) of Lahaina
Antonia Molina (64) of Lahaina
Freeman Tam Lung (80) of Lahaina
Narciso Baylosis Jr. (67) of Lahaina
Vanessa Baylosis (67) of Lahaina
Theresa Cook (72) of California – Theresa Cook’s daughter told KHON2 her mother Theresa was visiting Maui from California. Cook was staying at the Pioneer Inn on Front Street. Her daughter said she was unable to get a hold of her mother the afternoon of the fires. She said the FBI collected a DNA sample from her and received a call a few days later confirming they had identified her mother as one of the victims. Melissa said she and her mother have been through a lot over the years, including surviving several fires in California and losing their family home in one of them. Theresa’s daughter told KHON2 any bit of information helps the families who are looking for their loved ones, and no small detail goes unnoticed. Theresa’s daughter said one of the last sightings reported to her of her mother was from a stranger who said they saw Theresa near the Banyan Tree.
Joseph Schilling (67) of Lahaina
Described as caring, outgoing, funny, easygoing, joyous and loved, his friends called him Joe.
“From the time me and my four brothers were born, Uncle Joe was a second father to us,” reads Schilling’s memorial on the GoFundMe page set up by his family. “He was known as ‘Funcle Joe’ for a reason. Whether it be the trips to go bullet shell hunting or staying up late while my parents were gone so he could sneak us his famous sugar toast, he was always willing to act out of love and kindness towards myself and my brothers.”
According to his family, Schilling passed while aiding in evacuating five elderly people in his housing complex.
“Joe passed as a HERO,” his family said. “His character showed until his very last moments. To everybody who had the pleasure of meeting my Uncle Joe, count your lucky stars; rarely do you get to meet such a genuine soul.”
Identified Aug. 21
Douglas Gloege (59) of Lahaina
Juan Deleon (45) of Lahaina
Identified on Aug. 20:
Conchita Sagudang (75) of Lahaina
Danilo Sagudang (55) of Lahaina
Jonathan Somaoang (76) of Lahaina
Rodolfo Rocutan (76) of Lahaina
Rocutan was known by his friends and family as a wise man, a good friend and a caring and loving father and grandfather.
“A person who has great personality and good soul,” is how Rhea Rocutan Valenzuela and the Rocutan Family described Rodolfo on his GoFundMe page. “He touched everyone’s heart with Aloha. He was living in Lahaina, Maui with his sister, who is a survivor of the Lahaina Wildfire. They lost their house and didn’t save anything.”
Angelita Vasquez (88) of Lahaina
“Our Angelita, beloved mother, grandmother, auntie and friend. She was the Matriarch of our family!” said Vasquez’s family on her GoFundMe page.
The Vasquez ohana waited ten days to discover the fate of their beloved Angelita.
“Our Angelita’s life was taken by the fire,” said her family. “As our family grieves this tragic loss, we would like to give her the proper memorial that she deserves.”
Identified on Aug. 17:
Donna Gomes (71) of Lahaina
Gomes was born in Lahaina and lived around the corner from where she was born.
“As a child she played there with all of her siblings and cousins,” reads Gomes’s GoFundMe page that has been set up by her family. “She would tell us found memories about her childhood there.”
According to her family, she worked with the Maui Police Department as a POA from which she retired.
“As she tried to flee from the wildfires that were sweeping through beloved Lahaina, she lost her life on Lahainaluna road right in front of the Rickard Ohana home,” said her family.
She was known by friends and family to be a very strong and independent woman who had the biggest heart that was full of full of ‘tough love’ for the ones she cared about.
“Some of her oldest friends know her as “the bull”. No one could tell her what to do and, in the end, not even the fires,” explained her family. “She is deeply missed by so many. We love you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Identified on Aug. 16:
Melva Benjamin (71) Lahaina
Virginia Dofa (90) Lahaina
Known as Vergie to her friends and family, Virginia Dofa fell victim the tragic wildfires on Maui. She was living at Hale Mahaolu.
“There were no alarms, no sirens, no evacuation plan until it was too late,” said Dofa’s family on her GoFundMe page. “The system failed our loved ones and a lot of lives and homes has been taken away from us.”
Alfredo Galinato (79) Lahaina
The Galinato brothers told KHON2.com they were both off-island when the Lahaina fire started.
“He worked so hard for the family to get the house from the ground up our childhood was there. Born and raised and I know it’s from his heart he wanted to stay back and fight it too you know,” said Joshua Galinato, son of Alfredo Galinato.
The last time they heard from their father, he was spraying water on his home as flames and smoke started approaching.
“My brother James was there trying to get him out of there he just told him to just go,” Joshua continued. “And he tried to get him, but the smoke was too much. And he just left him with the best smile he just said go.”
The 79-year-old Lahaina resident left behind his spirit filled with aloha.
“From being the parrot man at the Westin. He took care of the birds and gardening there too. He was just the aloha of the hotel too and he was just great grandpa to kids Zendaya and Preston. Dad he likes to joke around and be funny and that’s where I got it from. Kind, generous, helpful outgoing nice to everyone around him,” said John Galinato, son of Alfredo.
A GoFundMe was set up for the Galinato to support.
Identified on Aug. 15:
Robert Dyckman (74) of Lahaina
Buddy Jantoc (79) of Lahaina – Krysta Jantoc told KHON2 officials told her family that her grandfather Buddy was found in his apartment. She said her grandfather loved to play music and enjoyed playing small gigs in Lahaina.