Mr. Komoda and his wife Kiyoko are the founders of Maui’s famous Komoda Store Bakery in Makawao, Maui. “I remember always remember his beautiful cake decorations and how he proudly showed the frosting artwork when the cake order was picked up. He worked in the back kitchen baking but readily stopped to assist with rubber boot sales or getting a ladder to retrieve the stack of 5 gallon buckets on top of the large refers that the Komodas saved for Vockrodt Farm carnation lei head business. For the holidays, Mr. Komoda baked our home grown turkeys because they were too big for regular ovens. I don’t remember, but I hope they were given a turkey in exchange. Mr. Komoda would be proud to know his bakery has won repeatedly “Best Bakery In The Islands.”
1990 – June, 2008
“Ambassador of Olinda” Time will never heal the sadness of our loss.
My mother, Jean Marilyn Claussen Trafton, passed away on October 5, 2007 in Hillsborough, California, after a long illness. She was 83 years old.Jean was a top-notch equestrienne. She ran for California Rodeo Queen, and was Miss Northern California. She rode horseback in the rodeos in New York’s Madison Square Garden, and in Boston Garden, in 1941. My mother met the man she was to marry, Harold Robert (“Bob”) Trafton at Stanford University, where they both graduated. My father then joined the Navy, and went straight into Officers Candidate School at Notre Dame. My mother was graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduation, she became a newspaper reporter. My mother was brilliant, cultured, charming, gracious, and elegant. She loved her family, and she cared about her friends. She was active in the community, and was passionate about the arts. My mother was preceded in death by her parents and her sister. As a wife, mother, and grandmother, she will be sorely missed. — Kathy Trafton
John Kuamauna Rogoff
Jan, 12, 1975 – April 19, 2008
“One of the Most beautiful persons I’ve ever known- this was Kua as most people called him, His kind and gentle spirit touched all who knew him- aloha flowed from his being.”
So much peace & joy stored up from years of walking or driving through the aina, Kahikinui, Ulupalakua, Polipoli, wherever, looking after the native la`au that he so loved. It was indeed a love affair, Kua and the native plants of Hawai`i whether he was collecting seed, planting or just checking different plants. Kua lived to malama aina. He walked in this Kuleana, passionate, purposeful, loving & understanding all things Hawaiian. Kua was initially introduced to hiking, plants, and Hawaiian culture by his mom Toby Rogoff who loved it all. He began taking long walks with her as a very young man through some of the most pristine places on Maui. Later learning and working along side Renee Silva, Mahealani Kaiaokamalie, Karl Martin and Art Mederios, he gleaned & developed deep relationships with these men.
In more recent years Kua also became a very excellent kalo farmer. His poi was so ono, he always had more customers than poi. His love and respect for all things Hawaiian was evident, especially Kahikinui. He was born in Kahikinui & raised in Kula, always preferring the peace of country life.
In 1999 Kua met Jill Paresa at Pu`uhonua o Iao where they worshipped together. It didn’t take long before they were inseparable and on July 16, 2005 they were married in Ulupalakua. Such joy & love few have known! Kua will be missed by so many yet his legacy lives on in those he touched & inspired. His ashes were placed in the midst of Auahi where he helped restore the native forest. Our keiki will be able to walk through native forests because of his efforts. Mahalo nui loa ia oe, e Kua!
Aloha wau ia oe Kua, e Ku’ulei paina’ole. You are the fragrant lei that will never be forgotten. Aloha e Kua.
Kua is survived by his brothers Nick, Justin and Adam Rogoff; his wife Jill Paresa-Rogoff; Stepdaughter & son Ileili and Tetetia Tahauri; Aunt & Uncle Doug and Louli Mac Cluer; Cousins Stephanie and Andrew Miller, Scott Kenar; & Stepmother Jane Osborn.
Diane Helen Hopkins Clark
July 21, 1944-October 26, 2007
Diane was preceded in death by her husband Mark Clark and sister Nancy Jane Cook Survivors include her mother Mrs. William (Kate) Hopkins her sisters Cathie Marie Hopkins, Martha Anne Barrett her nieces Jennifer Wamer, Cynthia Lusby, Sarah Stanford and Elizabeth Barrett as well as 3 great nieces and 3 great nephews.Diane grew up in Toledo Ohio after which she moved to Beaver Washington to join her sister Cathie in the early 70s. There she met Mark Clark and they were married at Rialto Beach near Forks Washington. Diane and Mark had adventurous spirits. They moved to Haiku ,Hawaii in the 80’s and stayed until Mark died unexpectedly in 1996. Diane moved back to the Beaver area and with help from close friends refurbished and remodeled her small home which she loved. She was employed at West End Outreach Services where she worked at the “clubhouse” for the last 10 years. Those of us who knew Diane knew that she was a caring “Auntie” to the many children she knew including her own nieces and nephews. Diane was an amazing correspondent. She must have sent 200 birthday card every year and 50 gourmet Christmas packages. Diane loved her Mother and Sisters and visited them often in Port Townsend. She loved gardening Diane had an eye for original and local art. Diane will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Oahu Department of Forestry and Wildlife Manager
January 7, 1956 – September 21, 2007
October 5, 2007, Kaulunani Council members celebrated the life of Patrick Costales, the Oahu Department of Forestry and Wildlife Manager by planting a beautiful Mamane tree from Kulamanu Farm at the D.T. Fleming Arboretum.
Kaulunani Council Members (from left): Mary Steiner, Teresa Trueman-Madriaga, Sheri Mann, Jackie Ralya, Heidi Bornhorst, Roxanne Adams, Michael Kraus, Kevin Eckert and Katie Friday
In Memory of Jim (James G.) Fleming, PhD1959-2007Great-grandson of D.T.Fleming “Who also enjoyed gardening, traveling and hiking.”from: Jack & Nan Fleming Poulsbo, WA
In Memory of Johnathan Schwartz
7/11/’64 to 3/4/’07
“Who loved this arboretum”
from: Randall & Edna Coleman The Woodlands, Texas
Donald L. Holley
October 1,1916 – January 7,2007
“Hawaii deeply touched us both and was the spark and inspiration that drew us together” – Michele Holley From: Michele Holley – Estes Park ,Colorado Robert & Mary Lee Rhodes – Downers Grove, Illinois The Vockrodt Family – Pukalani, Maui David & Martha Moran – Olinda, Maui ~ ~ ~
“In memory of my wonderful witty grandfather, Donald L. Holley. He sent me to Hawaii for 1 month when I was 16 to be with my aunt & uncle. I fell in love with Hawaii. And my children did too when I brought them in 2002. Such a magical special place.” from: Linda H. Thompson, Taylor & Dylan Thompson ~ ~ ~ “In memory of my friend,my children’s grandfather and teacher, Donald L.Holley. He was a wonderful man” from: Don & Bonnie Darnell Erie, Colorado ~ ~ ~ “In memoryof my dear former teacher, Mr Don Holley. His memory will live on”
from:Lori Wright-Royse City,Texas
In Memory of Nan King1913-2000“Who instilled in us the love of flowers and gardening .She won govenor and town awards in the state of NH for her work to beautify…making gardens thruout the town and nearby towns.”From Maribeth & Jack Klobuchar Kihei, Maui and Massachusetts
2006 A donation in memory of Jack Vockrodt “We haven’t forgotten the many times our lives have crossed. “Aloha, John and Caroline Lopes Wahiawa, Oahu
Andrew Heaton Fleming March 29,1963 – March 10,2006
In memory of Andrew Fleming of Thetis Island, Canada. He loved many outdoor activities, including hiking, boating and biking. He bicycled solo across Canada when he was 18. He was very meticulous in everything he did and was an exceptional problem solver. He was self-taught in plant identification and used his knowledge to contribute to the wonderful garden his parents created. DonorsShirley Burr-Thetis Island, Canada Jim and Joan Fleming-Oahu, Hawaii Robin Fleming-Springfield, Oregon Steve and Myla Frankel-Thetis Island, Canada Paul Grant-Hay River,Canada Mercedes Leischner-Bowen island, Canada Edwin Leong-Bowen Island, Canada The Vockrodt Family – Pukalani, Maui
Will and Natalie at Pu’u Mahoe, 2002 J. Wilcox Brown 1915 – 2005
To Will with Love With admiration and many happy memories. Let his kind and worldly ways, his great work, Be a “rock of inspiration” Elizabeth Taylor Berkeley, California Mary Brooks Linton Larkspur,CA David & Martha V. Moran Olinda, Maui
In Loving Remembrance of Marlin Monson January 9, 1994 – June 5, 2005
“If dogs could be saints”
From DeGray Vanderbillt and Valerie Monson – Makawao, Maui
In Loving Memory of Ward and Barbara Fleming “who spent their time enjoying the native plants and surroundings, and spoke fondly of the beauty throughout their lives.” Robin Fleming Springfield, Oregon Pat and Roy St. Denis& Family Victoria, Brtish Columbia Anne Kennedy Victoria, Brtish Columbia David & Martha V. Moran Olinda, Maui
Jack Edward Vockrodt
April 6, 1918 – December 3, 2003
Many Mahalos to the following donors who contributed in the memory of Jack Edward Vockrodt. – Martha Ann Rice – Karen Levy – Judy & Ray Robeck – Fred & Mary Coons – Nancy Purcell – Leona Rocha – Bo & Marcy Wheeler – Kay & Lorraine Tamaribuchi – Betty & Victor Ventura – Helen Baldwin – John & Caroline Lopes – Jim & Karen Jones – Lisa Shattenburg-Raymond – Duke & Barbara Wilburn – Carl & Ingrid Skyrma – Bank of Hawaii – Anne R. Uhrich – Gwen Shikitani – Kazuma Okumura – Ed & Patrica Hughes – George & Margaret Gambonini
~ IN MEMORIUM ~
Mrs. Shizue OkumuraFeb 28, 1916 – Mar 29, 2004From The Vockrodt Family Makawao, Maui
Mrs. PedroMother of Ku’ulei MartinsonFrom Karen Levy Lahaina, Maui
Mr. Jeffrey Alden Brumfield“Me’oe Ka Ma Maluhia” (May you have peace)From Jane Slipp Kihei, Maui
Mrs. Vernie Elsen“In memory of my mother Vernie Elsen and David T. Fleming.”Aloha, Kay Elsen Kihei, Maui
Mr. Zenjiro Higa
I wish I had been aware of the Fleming Arboretum before my dad passed away. He would have loved and appreciated it.”Aloha, Julie Higa Makawao, Maui
Mrs. Alice Fleming“In memory of my dearest friend.”From Alice D’Orange Medford, Oregon