Let’s Talk Food: Monjayaki in Tokyo

We took several trains to get to the Tsukishima District in Tokyo to meet our friend Keiko to eat monjayaki, or Tokyo-style pancakes. Monjayaki means “grilled letters” because school children would come to the snack shop and practice writing letters in the gooey monjayaki sauce. This dish dates back to the Meiji era, at a snack shop called Dagashiya in Tsukishima.

Obituaries for February 20

Harold “HK” Henry Kamekona, 63, of Hilo died Jan. 28 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a stone mason and member of the Ali‘is Motorcycle Club. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 25) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by daughters, Nicole (Armando) Juarez-Kamekona and Erin Kamekona of Washington, Ashley Kamekona and Lacy Kamekona of Hilo; sister, Leanne (Lydia) Kamekona of California; five grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 19

Debralyn (Debbie) Nalani Alatan, 68, of Keaau died Jan. 19 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a retired state public health nurse who also worked at Treasure Island Eatery and Hilo Medical Group. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Sure Foundation Church in Puna. Service at 10 a.m. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by son, Ivan (Keala) Alatan of Honokaa; daughters, Kelly (Brent) Raymond of Keaau and Kim (DJ) Ka‘auwai White of Kohala; brothers, Calvin (Pohai) Higa of Volcano and Stacy (Jan) Higa of Hilo; sister, Nel (Len) Hazelwood of Oceanside, Calif.; father, Akira Higa of Hilo; grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Obituaries for February 18

Joanne Sue Inouye Ikemori, 78, of Hilo died Jan. 21 at a private care home. Born in Ewa, Oahu, she was a retired teacher at Waiakeawaena Elementary School and member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin and its Buddhist Women’s Association and Hilo Hoyukai. Visitation 3-4 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 24) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Kenneth Ikemori of Hilo; daughter, Allison (Erik) Zahn of Kirkland, Wash.; son, Reid (Valerie lyn) Ikemori of Honolulu; three grandchildren and a step-grandchild. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Retrial ends in Kona hotel beating case

Two defendants originally convicted of the attempted murder of a security guard at the Kona Seaside Hotel are free after a jury found them guilty of lesser offenses in a retrial that concluded Wednesday.

Pana‘ewa rodeo on tap this weekend

The Panaewa Stampede Rodeo continues to highlight the paniolo skills of local cowboys, cowgirls, keiki and traveling rodeo contestants with the 31st annual event this year.

Obituaries for February 14

Felipe Domingo Jr., 76, of Keaau died Jan. 25 in Hilo. He was born in Hilo. Celebration of life ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Hilo Baptist Church, 600 W. Lanikaula St. Gathering in Kailua-Kona on Feb. 18. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuary.com. Survived by mother, Florencia Cabanting Domingo of Hilo; brothers, Perfecto (Tina) Domingo of Hilo, Ernesto (Hannah) Domingo of Kalihi, Oahu, and Eduardo (Veronica) Domingo of Hilo; son, Felipe Domingo III of San Diego; daughters: Laurie Dizol of Las Vegas, Lanelle (Chris) Coleman of Kailua-Kona and Lennifer (Gary) Vidal of Honolulu; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren and a step-greatgrandchild. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for Feb. 13

Arnold “Ano” Kalakini Bannister, 54, of Kealakekua died Feb. 7 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Wahiawa, Oahu, he was a former heavy equipment operator for E.M. Rivera. Services at a later date. Survived by significant other, Davolyn Pama of Kealakekua; daughter, Briana (Precious) Pama of Kealakekua; sons, Kolten (Ashley) Bannister of Hookena and Travis (Kapua) Pama of Kealakekua; mother, Elizabeth Bannister of Kealakekua; sisters, Leonora (Timothy) Walsh of Arizona and Karen (Wray) Ichishita of Kealakekua; brothers, Clinton (Roylynn) Bannister of Hilo, Moke (Tanya) Bannister of Honaunau and Aaron (Heather) Kaiawe of Kona; hanai sister, Tracey Kaiawe; godchildren, Lainie (Jordan) Alapai, Kassie (Michael) Alapai, Caylie Alapai and Tia (Dayton) Alapai; nine grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.