Tropical Gardening: New Zealand avocados OK, but Kona’s are the best

We are in the Land of Maori now, and will be exploring the North Island starting in Aukland. Traveling around New Zealand, it was a surprise to see how the avocado industry expanded since our last visit. Seeds were brought here in the early 1900s, and avocados have become the country’s third largest fresh fruit export.

Obituaries for February 25

Iris Uli‘i Boshard, 91, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 11 at home. Born in Hilo, she was a director and educator at Mokuaikaua Nursing School and member of Mokuaikaua Congregational Church and King of Kings Church. Visitation 2-3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Mokuaikaua Congregational Church in Kailua-Kona. Memorial service 3-4:30 p.m. A luau celebration will be held at Hulihee Palace in Kailua-Kona. Survived by husband, Henry Boshard of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Jo-Anna Boshard of Kailua-Kona and Pam (D. Napoleon) of Honolulu; sons, Jon Boshard of Kaimuki, Oahu, and Brian Kaunaloa (Halani) Boshard of Kailua-Kona; hanai daughter, Kalehua Meheula; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 24

Gordon Herbert Palmer, 76, of Waikoloa died Feb. 2 at home. Born in North Hilo, he was a station manager for Hawaiian Airlines in Honolulu, station manager for Avis Rent A Car at the old Kona Airport and security officer for Securitas Security Services and the former Freeman Guards. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Big Game Fishing Clubhouse at Honokohau Harbor in Kailua-Kona. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Barbara Palmer of Waikoloa; sons, James Perkins and Ronald Perkins of Waikoloa; daughters, Denette (Gerald) Gaspar of Nanakuli, Oahu, Ebby Gleason and Laurie (Steven) Mahelona of Kailua-Kona, Lynette Pacheco of Laughlin, Nev., Lisa (Alvin) Inouye of Captain Cook and Leilani Palmer of Joshua Tree, Calif.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Can you help identify this photo?

The Tribune-Herald each Saturday is publishing a photo from the Lyman Museum’s John Howard Pierce Photography Collection. The Kona Historical Society generously donated the collection in 2007. The museum is seeking help identifying the people and places in the pictures, most of which are from the 1960s and ’70s. Those with information about the subjects in the photos can contact the museum at 935-5021 or THIS PHOTO (NO. 17431) was captured July 17, 1963.