Francisco “Rico” Ventura Cariaga, 92, of Hilo died Jan. 20 at home. Born in Camiling Tarlac, the Philippines, he was a retired macadamia nut harvester for Mac Farms of Hawaii, employee of the former Ka‘u Sugar Co. and member of Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association (Waiakea Chapter), American Association of Retired Persons and St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 25) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Monday (Feb. 26) at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park. Survived by wife, Maria Corazon Quindiagan Esteban Cariaga of Hilo; sons, Santiago (Susing) Cariaga, Patricio (Lolita) Cariaga and Felipe (Linda) Cariaga of Naalehu; daughters, Corazon Manalo, Joane (Tyrone Campbell) Cariaga, Frances Marie E. (Ryan Tenorio) Cariaga and Maile Jane Cariaga (Tohmas) Grant of Hilo, Nida (Paulino) Esteban and Lorie (Roman) Huab of the Philippines; parents-in-law, Eduardo Valdez (Fely Quindiagan) Esteban of Los Angeles; sisters-in-law, Brenda (Ruben) Mendoza of California and Lita Lorenzo of Naalehu; brothers-in-law, Ramon (Jesusa) Esteban, Carlos (Helen) Esteban and Leandro (Nora) Esteban of the Philippines, Rollie (Jocelyn) Esteban of London, Leo (Maryjane) Esteban of Hilo, Albert (Lovelle) Esteban of California and Benito (Anatalia) Lorenzo of Kona; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
There will be no special subcommittee to hash out the budget outside public review, at least for the time being.
KAILUA-KONA — A swell of conservation has been building throughout the past quarter of a century.