Your Views for May 23
Protecting the dolphins
Hawaii native Iam Tongi wins ‘American Idol’
“American Idol” judge Katy Perry predicted it, the “line” in Las Vegas put odds on it, and on Sunday it came to be: Iam Tongi—Kahuku-born-and-raised, “priced out of paradise” and now a resident of Federal Way, Wash. —won Season 21 of “American Idol.”
Repaving continues on Kalaniana‘ole
The Hawaii County Department of Public Works will continue to resurface a portion of Kalaniana‘ole Street through Friday.
Let’s Talk Food: Recipes from HIAC Cookbook
Many nonprofit organizations need to constantly have fundraisers to continue their programs. One such is the Hawaii Adult Day Care Center, which started in 1976 with a dozen frail elderly adults gathered at Kaumana Baptist Church. Their sons and daughters needed to have them watched over while they were at work.
Obituaries for May 23
Claralyn Nalani Bowden-Bernardo, 78, of Hilo died April 27. Born in Honolulu, she was a painter, photographer and graphic designer and retired as a teacher. Private services held. Survived by partner, Donald Lee; brothers, Matthew Bowden and Timothy Bowden; sisters, Rebecca Pascual, J. Lani Bowden and R. Kanani Bowden; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Regatta season kicks off with Kai ‘Ehitu Papa Kimitete
KAILUA-KONA — This year’s paddling regatta season came into motion with Kai ‘Ehitu Outrigger Club’s Papa Kimitete regatta on Saturday.
Program offers Hawaii youth online tutoring help this summer
A tutoring program is offering virtual classes to help Hawaii students catch up and stay ahead this summer before returning to school next year.
Volcano Watch: Ups and downs at Kilauea summit: Quiescence, eruptions, and constant change
May 3 marked the fifth anniversary of the start of Kilauea’s historic 2018 eruption that resulted in extensive lava flows from the East Rift Zone and major collapses of the summit caldera floor. Since that 2018 activity, Kilauea has experienced nearly constant change with distinct episodes of calm, unrest, eruptions, and everything in between.
Irwin: The culmination of the study, grit
I miss teaching. I freely admit that the day-to-day interactions with students, the ability to share ideas and pose questions, and the personal and professional mentoring of students are the joys that got me into the higher education field in the first place. Watching students’ eyes light up when they grasp a complex concept or seeing them present a paper or poster based on research on which they worked so very hard are rewarding in ways that reviewing spreadsheets, writing reports, and attending endless meetings cannot match. As chancellor, however, I do have some opportunities that I did not have as a faculty member in that I get to shake the hand of our graduates who walk across the stage at commencement. Every. Single. One.
Ho‘okele ABA Center offers therapy for keiki with autism
A new center opened in Kailua-Kona to provide therapists to local keiki with autism.
Obituaries for May 21
Viktor Merkulov, 62, of Keaau died May 17 at The Queens Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Russia, he was a driver, stone mason and mechanic. Visitation 9:30-10, a.m. Saturday (May 27) at Ballard Family Mortuary Chapel. Service at 10 a.m. Burial 1 p.m. at Alae Cemetery. Survived by wife, Yelena Merkulov; sons, Vitaliy, Dmitriy, Igor, John, David and Joseph; daughters, Viktoriya, Olesya, Marina and Angelica; brother, Valeriy; sisters, Galina, Alina and Nina; five grandchildren; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Father of man charged in Honokaa shooting witnessed the attack
The father of a 29-year-old man accused of the nonfatal shooting of another man Tuesday evening on the Salvation Army’s Honokaa campus was a witness to the shooting, according to court documents filed by police.
House bills aimed at making college campuses safer pass session
Two bills aimed at making University of Hawaii campuses safer for students have passed the legislative session.
Stolen truck leads to multiple criminal charges
Police in Puna arrested a 39-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman early Wednesday morning after determining the man was driving a stolen truck with a stolen trailer.
Waiakea golfers share championship experiences
When the Waiakea High School boys golf team’s flight home from Kauai touched down last week, it was greeted by streams of water shot overhead by firetrucks and a crowd of supporters waiting outside of the airport.
Honokaa shooting suspect charged with attempted murder
Police have charged a 29-year-old Kawaihae man with a shooting in Honokaa Tuesday night at the Salvation Army’s Rickard Place campus that critically injured a 39-year-old man.
Obituaries for May 19
Leonard “Leo” Andrew Gonsalves Sr., 81, of Pahoa died April 30 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hakalau, he was a retired production worker for Frank’s Foods, tractor operator for the former Hamakua Sugar Co. member of the ILWU Bowling League and avid hunter. Visitation 8:30-9:15 a.m. on Friday, May 26, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Aloha attire; flowers welcome. Condolences to: RR3 Box 1299, Pahoa, HI 96778. Survived by wife, Jody Gonsalves of Pahoa; daughter, Stephanie (Darrel) Branco of Kurtistown; stepchildren, Carl (Jan) Beavers Jr. of Pahoa, Karla (Bully) Gabriel of Honokaa and Peter Vana Jr. of Pahoa; three grandsons, seven step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Suspect in fatal hit-and-run collision released pending investigation
Police have released from custody the suspect in a fatal hit-and-run collision on Highway 11 in Glenwood on Sunday evening without charging him, pending further investigation.
Obituaries for May 18
George Michael Leras Jr., 80, of Keaau died April 8. Born in Pennsylvania, he was a U.S. Navy veteran. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by a sister, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.
Your Views for May 18
The ocean police