Obituaries for June 19

Rhea Kalaniopuupoohunaikeaopolohiwa Enos Akoi, 94, of Keaukaha died June 11 at home. Born in Hilo, she was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Keaukaha Ward, telephone operator for the former Hawaiian Telephone Co. and American Factors, educational assistant at Keaukaha Elementary School, teaching ukulele, guitar, oil painting and music, and music teacher for Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna Program. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday (June 23) at Hilo Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Committal service to follow at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 pavilion. Church or aloha attire. Survived by daughters, Bobbilyn Akoi of Hilo, Raynette (Rick) Francom of Utah and Judi (Maka) Adolpho of Oahu; sons, Bobby (Hiromi) Akoi and Jay (Haunani) Akoi of Oahu; 17 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Volcano Watch: A forgotten collapse of Halemaʻumaʻu crater

Last month, a Volcano Watch article highlighted a lesser-known Mauna Loa eruption that ended May 31, 1916. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory staff had to make a quick turnaround a week later when Kilauea Volcano’s Halema‘uma‘u crater began to subside. A series of collapse events took place from June 5–7, 1916, and observers described it as one of the most spectacular occurrences they had ever witnessed at Kilauea.

DOT updates status of Hamakua bridge repairs

The state Department of Transportation said, in addition to emergency repairs to Kolekole Bridge wrapping up this month, permanent repairs and lead remediation at Kolekole/Paheehee Bridge will begin in Spring 2024, at an estimated cost of $65 million.

Documents: Dispute over tequila led to stabbing

A 25-year-old woman told officers her refusal to give a bottle of tequila to an acquaintance she described as highly intoxicated led to the man stabbing her early Tuesday morning, according to court documents filed by police.

Bill would cause demise of astronomy

In November 2021, the National Academy of Sciences published a report titled “Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s (2021),” the latest in the series of decadal reports on astronomy and astrophysics.

Obituaries for June 17

Maxima “Aida” Adelaida Simpao Gatchalian, 77, of Hilo died June 8 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Manila, Philippines, she was a retired certified nursing assistant and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo and the Filipino Community Center in Grover Beach, Calif. Visitation 5-6 p.m. Monday (June 20) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 6 p.m. Visitation again 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday (June 21) at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima section. Casual attire; masks requested. Survived by daughter, Valerie (Christopher) Parayno of Hilo; son, Raymond Gatchalian of California; brother, Jose (Elsie) Simpao of California; sisters, Julieta Apilado of California and Mila (Anil) Kumar of South Carolina; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.