Obituaries for September 19

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.

Andrade Building and its founders to be honored during Portuguese Chamber of Commerce Founders Ball

“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.”

Civil Defense testing sirens Friday

The state Emergency Management Agency and Hawaii County Civil Defense will conduct siren testing between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday at Hilo Hillsides Estates and MacKenzie State Recreation Area in Pahoa.

County to inspect bridge in Kalopa

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.

Obituaries for September 18

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, Ka‘u Ward. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ka‘u Ward in Naalehu. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Naalehu County Cemetery. Luncheon afterward at the family’s 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.

Police arrest 28 for DUI

During the week of Sept. 9-15, Hawaii Island police arrested 28 motorists for DUI. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents. One was younger than 21.