Obituaries for August 18

Ronald Eldon Bachman, 84, of Hilo died Aug. 6 at home. Born in Hoolehua, Molokai, he was a retired wildlife biologist and avid outdoorsman, starting with the Territory of Hawaii Department of Fish &Game, a graduate of Oregon State University and Hawaii Army National Guard veteran. Drive-thru visitation 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at 85 Kalo Street in Hilo. Face masks and social distancing required. Online condolences: Survived by children, Diana Awaa of Makawao, Maui, and Randall Bachman of Hilo; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; nieces, aunts and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo.

Kimiko Mary Chinen, 89, of Hilo died July 25 at a private care home. Born in Koza City, Okinawa, she was a retired factory worker for Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Co., member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou and Hui Okinawa. Private services held. Survived by children, Eriko (David) Kurashige of Torrance, Calif., Julie Chinen and George (Pamela) Chinen of Hilo; three grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Pamela Leolani Garcia, 75, of Keaau died Aug. 3. Born in Kauai, she was a homemaker. Services 9 a.m.-noon Saturday (Aug. 13) at Ballard Family Mortuary. Online Condolences: Survived by son, Alfred (Hattie) Seals III of Puna; daughter, Laurie Ann Seals of Reno, Nev.; brothers, Lloyd Braun and Roger Braun of Kauai; sister, Kathy Ishii of Kauai; eight grandchildren and nine grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Victoria Ghalamfarsa, 91, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 9 at home. Born in Shiraz, Iran, she was a homemaker. Services held. Survived by children, Ali, Majan and Naghmeh; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Michael Clyde Palmer, 69, of Waikoloa and Johnstown, Colo., died Aug. 9 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Santa Monica, Calif., he was a business owner, audio console builder for radio stations, scuba diver, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, board member of Homeowners Association for Waikoloa Colony Villas and graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in physics. Services at a later date. Survived by wife, Gloria Palmer of Waikoloa; sons, Aaron Palmer of Greeley, Colo., and Ben (Paige) Palmer of Timnath, Colo.; daughter, Melissa Freeman of Johnstown, Colo.; mother, Betty Palmer of Fiort Collins, Colo.; sister, Kit (Mike) Schroeder, of Fort Collins, Colo.; five grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Emilia “Mele” Seaver, 78, of Waikoloa died July 31 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a member of the Waikoloa Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, homemaker and gardener. Zoom service information at a later date. Condolences to: Raymond Seaver, P.O. Box 383885, Waikoloa, HI 96738. Survived by husband, Raymond Seaver of Waikoloa; daughters, Lianna, Kathleen and Andrea; sons-in-law, Richard and Abram; sisters, Jane and Danielle; brothers-in-law, Dick and Daryl; brothers, John and Earl; sister-in-law, Linda; four grandchildren; cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

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