Antonio Bruce Cosma, 84, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 4 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hana, Maui, he was a journeyman carpenter, a carpenter for Cliff Pouton Builders, a construction worker for Glover Construction Company and Hawaii Dredging Construction Company, worked for Hicks Homes Builders, and owned Cosma’s Carpentry Services. Services at a later date. Survived by wife, Carilynne Cosma of Kailua-Kona; sons, Anthony (Denise) Cosma of Kalaoa and Harry (Doreen) Kapea of Dallas; daughters, Pixie (Melvin) Flores and Tracey Cosma-Carvalho of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Marion (Nancy) Cosma of Lahaina, Maui and Francis (Ella) Cosma of Wailuku, Maui; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
• Mina Poppas of Hilo was named to the fall 2020 dean’s list at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Poppas is studying in the College of Arts and Sciences. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20% of their class in their respective college or school.
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is seeking to fill five primary and 11 alternate seats on its advisory council.
Christine Gonsalves Vierra Mattos, 90, of Hilo died Dec. 4 at home. Born in Paauhau, she was a housewife and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 16) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Family service at 10:30 a.m. Prayer service 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Section 4. Seating is limited. Face masks and social distancing required. Casual attire. Online video streaming: www.oneroomstreaming.com, click “Family &Friends” then “Watch Now.” Event ID: dodomortuary Password: SUSFRH. Additional information at www.dodomortuary.com. Survived by sons, Dennis (Leilani) Vierra and Dale Mattos of Hilo, Darrell (Rene) Mattos of Keaau, Randy Mattos of Hilo and Eugene (Sylvia) Vierra of Kaneohe, Oahu; daughters, Annette O’Brien of Hilo, Antoinette (Rodney) Castillo of Keaau, Priscilla (Robert) Gomez of Bellflower, Calif., Linda (Victor) Souza and Adele (Ray) Janes of Keaau; brother, Manuel Gonsalves of Oregon; brothers-in-law, Raymond Mattos of California and William Mattos of Keaau; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
‘A Brush with Light’: VAC features Catherine Robbins’ vivid oil paintings of the Big Island’s volcanoes
Immerse yourself in Hawaii Island’s magnificent landscapes and plants through Catherine Robbins’ evocative oil paintings during her solo exhibition, “A Brush with Light — Volcanic Island Reflections,” which is open now and will run until Feb. 14 at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
George “Bully” Alameda Jr., 85, of Hilo died Dec. 25 at home. Born in Waiakea, he was a retired plumber for Alameda’s Plumbing and plumber/pipefitter with UA Local 675, member of the 1953 Hilo High School Territory of Hawaii Basketball Championship team and Hawaii Island Senior Basketball Circuit, played for Waiakea Pirates and Keaukaha and member of Keaukaha Community Association and Malia Puka O Kalani Church. Drive-through visitation only 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Jan. 15, at Dodo Mortuary chapel. Burial to follow at 1:15 p.m. at Homelani Memorial Park, Section 7. Face masks and social distancing required. Casual attire. Survived by, children, Chad K. (Rosalyn Ige) Alameda, Lono (Moe) Nakashima, Gary Alameda, Janella (Keone Grace) Alameda, Avonelle Alameda, Tina Marie Alameda and Guy (Deanne) Alameda of Hilo; siblings, Edna (Lionel) Azevedo, Alice (Billy) Harbottle and Samuel (Diane) Alameda of Hilo, Leonetta (Richard) Garcia of Seattle and Gordon Kanani Alameda of Waimanalo, Oahu; sister-in-law, Lila (Mehau) Fernandez of Hilo; 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
For most of my teaching career, I taught foreign students working on an American college degree, so it was important that they learn not only English but culture, especially classroom expectations. And while I imparted American norms and customs, students showed me theirs.
Achi Ahin, 89, of Pahoa died Dec. 24 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired State of Hawaii Dept. of Health vector control inspector, member of New Hope Puna and U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Dodo Mortuary chapel. Funeral services at 6 p.m. Committal services 12 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery #2 pavilion. Seating is limited to 10 people. Face masks and social distancing required. Casual attire. Survived by son, Curtis (Kathryn) Ahin of Mountain View; daughters, Denise (Victor Jr.) Ventura, Charlene Melandres and Chaslen (Bronson) Ganir of Pahoa and Kathleen (Matt) Conner of Virginia; sister, May Gabriel of Oahu; nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
A Waiakea High School senior wants to educate health care professionals and the public about bleeding disorders after her own life experiences.
In addition to a new year and a new eruption, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is ushering in a new era for processing and studying volcanic samples. The new lab will allow us to better understand physical properties of tephra.
Goodfellow Bros. LLC, a contractor for the Hawaii County Department of Environmental Management’s Wastewater Division, has been issued a notice of violation and order for discharging untreated domestic sewage into Reed’s Bay late last year.