State eyes closing gun loopholes, bolstering mental health

HONOLULU — Hawaii already has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, but the fatal shooting of two Honolulu police officers by a man his lawyer and neighbors believe had psychiatric problems has added new urgency to efforts to close gun control loopholes and bolster mental health care treatment.

Obituaries for January 23

Robert “Jody” “Rob” “Bobby” Abraham, 58, of Waikoloa died Dec. 16 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in San Diego, a cook 1 at the Mauna Lani, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hapuna Prince and Keauhou Beach hotels, member of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 and culinary arts graduate at Hawaii Community College. Memorial service 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Old Kona Airport Park large pavilion. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Josette Abraham of Waikoloa; son, Taylar Abraham of Waikoloa; sister, Melody (Jim) Summey of Kailua-Kona; aunts, uncles; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Plea deal reached in fatal 2018 crash

KAILUA-KONA — A 23-year-old Kailua-Kona man faces up to a decade behind bars when sentenced in March in connection with the 2018 traffic death of a 41-year-old mother of two.

Obituaries for January 22

Maria Lucas Panag, 91, of Kapaau died Jan. 5 at home. Born in Piddig, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, she was a retired nursery worker for Kohala Nursery and member of Kohala Senior Citizens and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hawi. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Virgilio (Virginia) Raquiza of Hawi, Reynald (Martha) Raquiza of Waimea and Marcos (Remi) Raquiza of Kapaau; daughter, Marybel (Jaime) Macaspac of Kapaau; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Volunteers clear Maunakea protest site

About 15 volunteers gathered at the Maunakea Access Road last weekend to clean detritus left behind from the temporarily halted anti-Thirty Meter Telescope demonstrations.

Flags at half-staff to honor fallen officers

Gov. David Ige ordered Monday that the U.S. and Hawaii state flags be flown at half-staff at the state capitol, all state offices and agencies and by the Hawaii National Guard immediately until sunset on Friday, Jan. 24.

Donkey Mill Art Center exhibit honors Kamehameha’s legacy

The Donkey Mill Art Center is honored to present “NIUHI-SHARK: Honoring Kamehameha The Great in Paint &Prose,” featuring original paintings created by Carl F. K. Pao paired with selections from the book “Kamehameha – The Rise of a King,” by Kawika Eyre with illustrations by Brook Parker.