Barney Alvarez, 67, of Honokaa died Dec 30. Born in Honolulu, he worked for Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital and was a U.S. Navy veteran. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Imiola Congregational Church in Waimea. Memorial service with military honors to follow. Survived by wife, Penny Alvarez of Honokaa; daughters, Amber (Shantelle) Jacobson of Minnesota and Jadelyn (Kaleo) Kalahiki of Waikoloa; sons, Sean (Janice) Alvarez of Honolulu and Keith Alvarez of Oregon; sisters, Hermainia Peters of Michigan, Davealyn Alvarez of California, Agnes Cooley of Hilo, Paulene (Kai) King of Waikoloa and Melissa (Dean) Shimomura of Kapolei; brothers, Robert (Carla) Alvarez of Hilo, Stephen (Faye) Alvarez of Waimea, Duane (Ranei) Alvarez of Kailua, Oahu, Lincoln (Kailani) Alvarez of Honolulu and Herbert (Clara) Alvarez of Hilo; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
The property where a fatal house fire occurred early Sunday morning was, years ago, the subject of a nuisance abatement complaint filed by Mayor Mitch Roth when he was still a county deputy prosecutor.
Karl S. Bauer, 82, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 8 at home. Born in Trenton, N.J., he was retired from Western Union and MCI, a U.S. Air Force veteran and master gardener of tropical plants and fruit trees. Survived by son, Ross (Christina) Karl Bauer; daughter, Elise Marie Bauer; sister, Gretchen Schaeffer; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Karl Siegfried Bauer, 82, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 8 in Kailua-Kona. Born in Trenton, N.J. He was a telecommunications manager and U.S. Air Force veteran. Private services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Marsha; son Ross (Christina) Bauer of Houston; daughter, Elise Bauer of Montclair, N.J.; sister, Gretchen Schaeffer of Hamilton, N.J.; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Services provided by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.
I’ve never been much of a fan of New Year’s resolutions. We imbue the New Year with all kinds of significance, but our current Jan. 1 start to the year is a mix of the Egyptian solar calendar (365 days), tweaked first by Julius Caesar to the Julian Calendar and then by Pope Gregory XIII to what is now known as the Gregorian calendar, which Britain did not fully adopt until 1752. Our current calendar is thus largely detached from nature, beginning in the middle of winter, but as we have had it for centuries now, it appears here to stay.
Leonila delos Santos Cabanting, 94, Keaau died Jan. 6 at home. Born in San Isidro, Santa Maria, Isabela, Philippines, she was a farmer, gardener and member of Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Burial at Homelani Memorial Park, Lehua Section. Survived by daughters, Glory Nemedez of Reno, Nev., Nelie (Alfredo) Lazaro and Chastity (Justin) Young of Las Vegas, Merlin Foreman of Keaau; sons, Alfredo (Vilma) Cabanting Jr. of California, Michael (Maria Lourdes) Cabanting and Benido Cabanting of Kohala; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Hunters will be able to take more feral pigs more frequently in certain Puna forest reserves under new regulations passed Friday by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources.
A judge has reduced bail for a 42-year-old Hilo man charged with numerous offenses after police arrested him allegedly sleeping in a stolen truck.
The Captain Cook Fire Station will be renamed the Kealakekua Fire Station in a ceremony on Tuesday.
Pahala, a town located in the southeast part of the Island of Hawaii, lies above the state’s most seismically active area. In the last 5 years, the average weekly number of earthquakes has increased from about 60 to 600 earthquakes per week.
When it comes to community out reach, The University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture Extension Service is comparable to the way Peace Corps reaches out to folks in other countries. The Master Gardener program is an important component of the UHCTAHR Extension Service. The program is set up to assist local folks with home gardening issues.
Martha Lee Deranja, 98, of Keaau died Jan. 7 at home. Born in Los Angeles, she was a homemaker and member of Daughters of Hawaii. Private services held. Survived by son, Dana (Cheryl) Deranja of Keaau; daughter, Karen (Ken) Delimont of Pahoa; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Doreen Velma Kaiulani Ahuna Bell 73, of Hilo died Dec 26. She was born in Honolulu and raised in Kaaawa, Oahu. Memorial service 4 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 14) at her home, 534 Keonaona St. in Hilo. Survived by husband, Richard; children, Ashley (Franco) Natividad of Florida, Ryan Bell of South Carolina, Richard(Tia) Bell (Tia) of Hilo, Amy (Donovan) Lewis of Honolulu, Carol (Jason) Curtis, Michael and Jeff Bell of Canada; brothers, Dickie Ahuna of Kona and Walter Ahuna of Wailuku, Maui; sisters, Jo-Ann (Arthur) Carreira, Leimamo Pua, Donalyn (Leonard) Naihe of Hana, Maui, and Piilani Tanaka of Kapolei, Oahu. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Applications for a state-funded rental assistance program will open next week for the first time in five years.