Obituaries for January 15

Leona Lynne Balucan Basque, 57, of Kealakekua died Dec. 19 at her family’s home. Born in Kealakekua, she was a dental assistant for Hawaii Family Dental, owner of Pure Kona Green Markets and travel agent with Gone Again Travel. Celebration of life 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at West Hawaii Community Health Center pavilion, 74-5214 Keanalehu Dr. in Kailua-Kona. Casual attire. Survived by husband, David Basque II of Kealakekua; son, Brian John (Kanoe) Balucan-Carvalho of Hilo; parents, John (Judy) Balucan of Kalaoa, Kona; brothers, Chucky (Angeline) Balucan of Hilo, Shane (Anne) Balucan of Kailua-Kona and Shannon (Pua) Balucan of Hilo; sisters, Jonelle (Desmond) Balucan of Kalaoa, Kona, and Shawn (Jamie) Kahoalii of Hilo; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Police seek wanted man

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 28-year-old man wanted for questioning in connection to a theft that occurred Jan. 2 in Hilo.

Harbor repairs pegged at $8 million

KAILUA-KONA — At least $8 million will be needed to repair Kawaihae Harbor-North after the state facility was heavily damaged amid high surf at the turn of the year.

Neighbors battle Mauna Kea hotel

The association of homeowners at the Mauna Kea Resort is appealing the county’s approval of a subdivision without requiring a shoreline survey and other elements of a special management area.

DOH: Dairy has complied with order

Big Island Dairy has met all of the state Department of Health’s enforcement actions to address the dairy’s water pollution violations that began two years ago, the DOH announced Monday.

PATH hopes to add bike-share locations

In the five months since Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, or PATH, launched its bike-share program in Hilo, more than 2,700 people have used the bright blue bicycles for trips around town.

Obituaries for January 14

Anthony “Duke” Aguinaldo, 70, of Hilo died Dec. 27 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pepeekeo, he was a retired school bus driver for Honomu Bus Service and Bragado Bus Service and member of Honomu Good Shephard Mission Catholic Church. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 17) at Honomu Good Shepherd Mission Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Private Urn Committal at a later date. Survived by son, Regan Okano of Hilo; brother, Lawrence (Lani) Aguinaldo of Hilo; sister-in-law, Dorothy Aguinaldo of Honomu; brother-in-law Ralph Uchima of Honomu; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Bloomberg should be in the Democratic talkfest

Mike Bloomberg has run in four contested primaries or elections for mayor of New York City; each time, he debated his opponent twice. We listened to the first one, which was on radio, and watched seven on TV.

US troops in Iraq got warning hours before Iranian attack

AIN AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq — American troops were informed of an impending missile barrage hours before their air base in Iraq was struck by Iran, U.S. military officials said Monday, days after the attack that marked a major escalation between the longtime foes.