Obituaries for June 11

Shimomi “Violet” Araujo, 98, of Hilo died June 3 at Hilo Benioff Medical Center. Born in Waiakea Mill, Hilo, she was a retired seamstress for the former Shimomi’s Garment Factory and the former Kamehameha Garments, and member of Hilo Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Lanakila FCE, aka Hilo Association for Family and Community Education. Visitation 1-3 p.m. Sunday (June 16) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 3 p.m. Cremation to follow. Visitation and celebration of life also 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Hilo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 162 Kapiolani St. Interment at a later date. Survived by daughter, Elizabeth (Roger) Toledo of Hilo; son, Clayton B. (Terri Saito) Araujo of Hilo; daughter-in-law, Jo Ann Araujo of San Antonio; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Regarding unhoused: ‘We are far from done’

The recent Homeless Point-in-Time Count (PITC) results for Hawaii County, as reported on by the Tribune-Herald on June 6, indicates a significant reduction of 285 individuals or 28% in our unhoused population and should be celebrated. Yet this positive step may seem contrary to what many experience daily in downtown Hilo.

The Oceans Court ruled that the seas are a hot mess. Why haven’t you heard about it?

On May 21, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, in Hamburg, Germany, ruled that greenhouse gases are marine pollutants and nations must take action to “reduce, control and prevent” their effects. The tribunal, sometimes called the Oceans Court, was responding to a request from a consortium of small island nations disappearing under rising seas.

Frightening log from Titan submersible’s fatal dive declared a fake

Last year, a purported transcript of communications between the Titan submersible and its mother ship circulated widely on the internet. Viewed millions of times, the so-called log suggested that a series of alarms had turned a dive to the resting place of the Titanic into a heart-pounding crisis in which the five voyagers struggled in vain to return to the surface.