Obituaries for May 16

George Nakamoto, 89, of Kainaliu died April 17 at home. Born in Kainaliu, he was a co-owner of Kona Poultry Farm and member of Kainaliu Kumiai and Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Private services at a later date. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Norma Nakamoto of Kainaliu; sons, Cy (Melanie) Nakamoto and Kurt Nakamoto of Kainaliu; daughter, Lisa (Sam) Rivera of Kainaliu; brothers, Masao Nakamoto and Yasuo (Chieko) Nakamoto of Kailua-Kona, Junichi (Shirley) Nakamoto of Kealakekua; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Have ‘Coffee with a Cop’ Tuesday in Hilo

East Hawaii residents are invited to attend a Coffee with a Cop with Hawaii Police Department’s Hilo Community Policing officers, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at Ken’s House of Pancakes, 1730 Kamehameha Ave. in Hilo.

Obituaries for May 15

George E. Britto, 86, of Wainaku died May 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired auto salesman for Orchid Isle Auto Center. No services. Survived by wife, E. Penny; son, Glenn K.; a grandson. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Celebrating an important transition

Spring on a university campus used to be a time of celebrations. Both joyful and exhausting, the events marked meaningful transitions of all sorts. And then for two years it just wasn’t the same.

Volcano Watch: Using earthquakes to look under the hood at Pahala

Deep beneath Pahala, a town located in the southern part of the Island of Hawaii, is currently the most seismically active region of the Hawaiian Islands. Frequent, deep earthquakes (greater than 20 km or 12 miles below sea level) are felt regularly by local residents, and, occasionally, people across the entire island.

Tropical Gardening: Grow ferns for that cool look

Ferns have been around for over 360 million years. Giant tree fern forests were common for millions of years but they gave way as flowering plants evolved to take their place. Today most of the nearly 800 species of tree ferns are considered endangered because of climate change. Even in Hawaii we see a fraction of the tree fern forests that existed before the 19th century. The introduction of pigs by early Polynesians and later the introduction of cattle played an important part of forest destruction.