As Cantonese language wanes, efforts grow to preserve it

SAN FRANCISCO — Three decades ago, finding opportunities to learn Cantonese in San Francisco wasn’t hard. But today in the city that’s drawn Cantonese speakers from South China for over 150 years, there’s fear that political and social upheaval are diminishing a language that is a cultural touchstone.

Obituaries for September 27

Christopher Mark Allen, 30, of Captain Cook died Sept. 20 in Kealakekua. Born in Santa Clara, Calif., he was a software programmer. Memorial service 10 a.m. Friday (Sept. 30) at Pu‘uhonoa ‘O Honaunau in the back by the picnic tables. Potluck to follow. Bring your own chairs. Online condolences: Survived by mother, Valerie Allen of Captain Cook; father, Mark (Rachel Kanowsky) Allen of Meadow Vista, Calif. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Navy bribery fugitive ‘Fat Leonard’ seeks Venezuelan asylum

SAN DIEGO — The fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who orchestrated a huge bribery scheme involving dozens of U.S. Navy officials, has requested asylum in Venezuela, a law enforcement official said Monday, nearly a week after he was captured in the South American country.

Photos: UH-Hilo women’s soccer team downs Dominican

The University of Hawaii at Hilo women’s soccer team defeated Dominican 3-1 at home. Grace VerHage, Filippa Graneld and Brende Yoshizumi scored the three goals for the Vulcans, who are now 6-1 this season. The women’s team will play the Academy of Art at home at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.