Obituaries for January 13

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.

Education briefs for January 12

• 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.

Obituaries for January 12

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:, click “Family &Friends” then “Watch Now.” Event ID: dodomortuary Password: SUSFRH. Additional information at 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.

Obituaries for January 11

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.

Rainy Side View: Navigating cultural intersections

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.

Obituaries for January 10

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.

‘Singing Bridge’ repairs pau, both lanes open

The state Department of Transportation said Friday emergency repairs to the Wailuku Bridge, aka the “Singing Bridge” located on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) between Waianuenue Avenue and Pukihae Street in Hilo, are complete.

Sustainability summit set for March 4

A sustainability summit, bringing in experts to brainstorm with elected officials and the public, is one of seven campaign promises Mayor Mitch Roth made for his first 100 days in office.