The Homelani Difference
Since 1871, we have been honored to deliver healing experiences to the Hilo community. We exist to serve the unique needs of every family. Learn our story. Lean on us. And let our expertise lead you through the best experience possible.
We’re here to give you care and comfort as we help guide you through the planning journey.
We've learned a lot about caring for families over the years. We realize that we aren't just caring for a loved one, but the entire family. People come to us during their most difficult times, and we respond with kindness, understanding and expertise. Our goal is to make everyone feel at home as we work with them to create a memorable service in honor of a beautiful life.
A heavenly home
Established in 1871 as a burial place, Homelani was originally called Halai Hill Cemetery. It was not until 1923 that the name was changed to Homelani, meaning "Heavenly Home" in Hawaiian.
A burial place for Hilo
In 1870, the people of the First Foreign Church in Hilo decided it was important to own a burial place for the foreign population of Hilo. They found a desirable location situated on Ponahawai and contacted the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Pitman. Through various correspondence and arrangements, the church secured possession of the land on April 25, 1871. The name "Halai Hill Cemetery" was given to their new found place.
The name Homelani was officially adopted by the Trustees in 1923. On her dying bed in 1884, the wife of the former Governor Kipi whispered "Homelani" (Heavenly Home) when asked where she would like to be buried. She was referring to the Halai Hill Cemetery. From then on, the cemetery was popularly known as "Homelani," thus influencing the name change.
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Years in Business
We're members of the local community who have many years of experience caring for families from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Families know they can count on us to provide them the comfort they need when they need it most.
Managing Partner, Family Service
Cemetery Office Manager
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Managing Partner, Operations
Josh started his career in the funeral business at the age of 17 and has been serving families for nearly three decades. Joshua holds a Mortuary Science Degree in Funeral Services and Mortuary Science from Delgado Community College. He has worked in various roles at several funeral homes throughout his career. He is a valuable contributor to the industry and is passionate about helping families during their time of loss.
We illuminate paths to peace with personalized ceremonies and memorial tributes that honor your loved one.
What Families Are Saying
Josh and Porscha were great! Very respectful, caring and informative. I trusted them with my mom and felt comfortable! Thank you so much your both wonderful!❤️Maycie Kirkpatrick 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I deeply appreciate the professionalism, compassion and kindness shown to me by Porscha Saragosa at Homelani. It made a great difference to me when I was grieving the loss of my sister.Lorraine Fleury 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We worked with Porscha and she was fantastic. We highly recommend asking for her if you need help.Bill Fuerst 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Loke was very professional in assisting my wife and I in selecting her mom’s grave marker. She was very friendly and knowledgeable in the products and options they offered. We would highly recommend Loke to anyone who’s inquiring about their services and products offered. Loke, thank you very much for helping us.Benny Ayala 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Homelani was amazing to work with. They helped with every step of the process and made it as easy as possible for us. We have truly appreciated their help and compassion.Autumn Ford 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Porcha was so impathic. She took care of my daughter and reassured me that all would be fine. My daughter's ashes arrived safely to my home in Missouri from Hilo Hawaii. I felt very secure in all that Porcha did for my daughter. Highly recommend Homelani Mortuary.Promise Cornett 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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