Obituaries for June 15

Bozena Barbara Babbitt, 102, of Kailua-Kona died June 2 at Hospice of Kona’s Nakamaru Hale. Born in Pullman, Wash., she was a nurse and member of the Kona Bridge Club. Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Survived by her daughter, Margaret (Robert) Clark Anderson of Kailua-Kona; son, Bill (Florence) Babbitt of Kailua-Kona; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Let’s Talk Food: Korean Kimchi Fried Rice

Got leftover rice in the refrigerator? Kimchi bokkeumbap is a great way to make a meal in one. Just top with a sunny-side up egg and you have a complete meal! The starch molecules in the stale rice have crystallized or retrograded, so the grains are hard and dry, which make for perfect fried rice.

Obituaries for June 13

Wayne John Galante, 77, of Holualoa died on May 24 at Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua in Honokaa. Born in Denver, he was the dentist and founder of West Hawaii Dental Associates in Kealakekua, attended Oregon State University as an undergraduate, attended dental school at the University of Oregon in Portland, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a dentist for the Navy on Oahu. Private services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Noelani Pi, P.O. Box 4386 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. 96745. Online condolences may be made at Survived by daughter, Noelani (Albert) Pi of Kailua-Kona; son, Kai (Sherina) Galante of Kailua-Kona; former spouse, Jane Galante of Kailua-Kona; sister, Kate (Gilberto Cantillo) Galante of Cartago, Costa Rica; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Tropical Gardening: What would Hawaii be without coconut palms?

When the first Polynesians arrived in these Islands, there were very few plants available as a food supply. Fortunately, they brought a great variety with them that we refer to as canoe plants. These included, banana, sugar cane, breadfruit, mountain apple taro, coconut and scores of others. They also brought pigs, jungle fowl and rats that changed our forests forever. At first, Hawaiians had to survive on food from the sea, seabirds, flightless birds like the Nene and others that soon became extinct. Once they established their gardens, life likely became much easier.

Obituaries for June 11

Bryan Takeo Asato, 44, of Hilo died May 14 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama in Hilo. Born in Hilo he was employed as a sales manager at T.H.Y. and Associates, Inc. and formerly employed at Lids and Foot Locker on Oahu. Visitation 1:30-3 p.m Saturday, June 19, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo. Private memorial service will follow. Casual attire. Social distancing and face masks required. Survived by wife, Chatney Asato of Hilo; mother, Audrey Asato of Hilo; father, Dean (Irene) Asato of Las Vegas; mother-in-law, Susan (Jerry) Takata of Hilo; father-in-law, Lenard Graham of Mountain View; sister-in-law, Kimberly Graham of Hilo; brother-in-law, Xylon Takata of Hilo; grandmother-in-law, Ruth Cabarloc of Papaikou; one niece; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for June 10

Michael Kirchner Bates, 80, of Waimea died May 28 at his residence. Born in Paia, Maui, he was a building materials supplier, Realtor, U.S. Coast Guard veteran and member of St. James Episcopal in Waimea. Private service to be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Kawaihae Canoe Club, P.O. Box 1087, Waimea, Hawaii 96743. Condolences may be sent to Gale Bates, P.O. Box 760, Waimea, Hawaii 96743. Survived by wife, Gale Bates of Waimea; daughters, Nicole (Shane) Vincent and Alexandra (James) Hustace of Waimea, Fiona (James) Emley of California; brother, William (Vibeke) Bates of Kula, Maui; two grandsons; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.