Obituaries for January 15

Edwin Fernandez Sr., 85, of Hilo died Jan. 2 at home. Born in Papaikou, he was a local telephone installer/lineman for GTE Hawaiian Telcom. Burial services at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery in Kaneohe at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by sons, Edwin Fernandez Jr., Geoffrey S. Fernandez and Johnathan P. Fernandez; daughter, Edean C. Sua; brother, Virgin Fernandez; sister, Rosaline Sylvester; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Ethics Board seeks Kern’s client list

The county Board of Ethics, deluged with written testimony about Planning Director Zendo Kern’s fitness for the job, on Wednesday asked Kern for an “exhaustive list” of projects he’s worked on, then delayed a decision until next month.

Obituaries for January 14

Eduardo Espejo Jr., 73, of Hilo died Dec. 30 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pahala, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for Hamakua Sugar Plantation and worked at Ka‘u Sugar Plantation. Private viewing 2-3 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 16) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Cremation to follow. Celebration of life at a later date. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by chidren, Eddie Espejo of Puna, Edra (Chris) Powell of Wyoming, Ryan (Brittany) Tripple Kanealii of Kona, Michele Kanealii of Wisconsin and Justin (Chiara) Espejo of Oregon; mother, Matilda Espejo of Pahala; brothers, Glenn (Theresa) Espejo and Darren Espejo of Washington, Noel (Jessica) Espejo of Ocean View, Wade (Priscilla) Espejo of Naalehu, Ricky Espejo of Pahala and Darcy (Deborah) Espejo of Kanehoe, Oahu; sisters, Roslyn Miller and Laurie Sand of Washington, Wendy (Mac) Davis of Naalehu, Carlyn Grahn of Seattle, Terrie (Calvin) Louis of Pahala and Brenda (Joe) Brodt of New York; ten grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Tropical Gardening: Global warming means palms in surprising places

Avisit to Hawaii is the treat of a lifetime to millions of people a year, and many folks who come are friends or relatives of those of us who live here. One of the highlights for them is to experience the lush tropical gardens and forests that are unlike any place in the continental United States. Many folks who enjoy gardening go home wishing they lived in a tropical place where they could have yards and homes filled with palms and other exotics. Visitors don’t have to be discouraged. With a little help from Kamaaina gardeners, they too can have a piece of paradise back home.

HCF, county launch Puna Strong grants program

Mayor Mitch Roth and the Hawaii Community Foundation recently announced the launch of the Puna Strong grants program, with funding from the county’s Kilauea disaster recovery funds and HCF’s Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund.

Police seek leads on missing Hilo woman

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 31-year-old Danielle Alexa Jean of Hilo. She hasn’t been seen since mid-December and family on the mainland are concerned for her welfare.

New Environmental Management director balks at Alii Drive sewer plan

Hawaii County residents who have expressed concern that Mayor Mitch Roth would push a pro-development agenda when he took office may have been reassured last week when his Environmental Management director — who still awaits council confirmation — delayed what seemed a formality accepting a sewer line because he thinks it could be a public health hazard.