Amy Kimiko Aihara, 83, of Hilo died Aug. 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was retired from Easter Seals and a member of Arise Church. Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by son, Keith (Jill) Aihara of Seattle; daughter, Lori (Alvin) Sugiyama of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Edna Nakamoto and Natsue Nakamoto of Honolulu, Chieko Hashizume, Sachiko Komata and Leatrice Aihara of Wahiawa, Oahu; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
The benefit of being older is, shares Marlene (Andrade-Nachbar) Hapai, president and interim director of the Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce Cultural and Educational Center, you had the opportunity to be the fly on the wall and listen to and watch the movers and shakers who not only helped establish our Big Island towns, but had the creativity and people skills to make sure they survived through thick and thin times.
Lava ravaged the Big Island last year, particularly the lower Puna area, where hundreds of families lost their homes. People were displaced and some never returned to their island homes.
The county Department of Public Works announces that Kahawailiilii Gulch Bridge on Kalopa Road, formerly Old Mamalahoa Highway near Honokaa, will be closed Friday, Sept. 27, to conduct a routine bridge inspection. Work will be conducted between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting.
Dave Naponolani Kaawa, 67, of Naalehu died Sept. 12 at home. Born in South Kona, he was a fencing foreman for Kahuku Ranch and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kau Ward. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kau Ward in Naalehu. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Naalehu County Cemetery. Luncheon afterward at the familys home, 94-6719 Mamalahoa Highway, in Naalehu. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Tammy Kaawa of Naalehu; sons, Dave Nicholas (Terra) Kaawa Jr. of Kealakekua, Keola (Salena) Kaawa, Gordon (Dahlia) Kala and Buck (Kuulei) Kala of Ocean View; daughters, Sylvia (Afton) Tayamen of Holualoa, Kitty (Landon) Pogtis of Kealia and Tessy (Rainer) Kala of Kealakehe; brother, Eric (Kimberly) Kaawa of Naalehu; sisters, Sarah (Matthew) Lazar of Waipahu, Oahu, Doris (Lionel) Silva of Hilo, Verna Kaawa of Waiohinu, Evon (John) Thompson of Ocean View, Gail Kaawa of Waiohinu and Stephanie (Karl) Mento of Kona Palisades; 29 grandchildren; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
KAILUA-KONA On the 19th day since Kyle Brittain went missing, family and friends continue their search in Waipio and Waimanu valleys in hopes of bringing the 27-year-old hiker home.
KAILUA-KONA A hearing to consider a mental evaluation for a woman accused of second-degree murder was continued Monday after the defendant was not brought to court by the state Department of Public Safety.
After Rock Steady Boxing debuted in October 2018 in Hilo, the devoted boxers have proven to themselves and their families that this program really works in fighting the progression of Parkinsons disease.
In many ways, home is just like former two-sport Hilo High standout Kalei Tolentino-Perry left it.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is releasing a new educational curriculum program developed for fourth-grade students called Hulihia Kilauea A Complete Change. This new program is based on the 2018 high intensity eruption events on the Island of Hawaii.