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Isle sculptor, beloved mentor influenced generations of artists

Updated on  January 11, 2018 at 9:51 am
Fred H. Roster, an acclaimed sculptor and beloved professor of art, died at home on Dec. 19 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 73. Read More

Paradise Park founder had knack for numbers and real estate

Updated on  December 28, 2017 at 12:22 am
Many people have experienced Paradise Park, live in Enchanted Lake, or patronize neighborhood retail complexes such as Waipahu Shopping Plaza, Puck’s Alley and Waiakamilo Shopping Center. Read More

Isle Christian musician entertained for decades

Updated on  December 19, 2017 at 12:23 am
Randy Hongo, a beloved Christian recording artist and Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musician, died Saturday morning. He was 70. Read More

Longtime Suisan fish market CEO led company’s expansion

Updated on  December 2, 2017 at 9:15 am
Rex Matsuno, longtime president, CEO and chairman of the board of Suisan, this town’s pre-eminent fish market and food distribution company, died Thursday at age 96. Read More

Developer left his mark on Honolulu’s skyline

Updated on  October 21, 2017 at 10:21 pm
Real estate developer Bruce Stark — who left his stamp on Hawaii with the building of residential condominiums, offices and retail space beginning in 1966 — died Thursday at age 82. Read More

Dancer brought unmatched grace and beauty to Waikiki showrooms

Renowned hula dancer Beverly Kaui Rivera Noa of Honolulu, known to many for her trademark performance of “Lovely Hula Hands,” died early Thursday morning at The Queen’s Medical Center after a battle with cancer. She was 84. Read More

Doctor organized isles’ first ambulance service

Updated on  October 13, 2017 at 10:14 pm
Dr. Herbert Y.H. Chinn, the Hawaii-born physician responsible for bringing ambulance service to the islands, died Sept. 26 of natural causes, according to his children. He was 97. Read More

Army officer urged meditation as skill

Updated on  October 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm
A retired Army officer and Hawaii island resident whose New Age approach to the military inspired the creation of the Django character in the movie “The Men Who Stare at Goats” is being remembered for his devotion to unlocking human potential. Read More

In memory: Anthropologist Sinoto’s work key to understanding Polynesian migration

Updated on  October 6, 2017 at 12:27 pm
Internationally renowned anthropologist Yosihiko Sinoto, whose archaeological work spanned more than 60 years and provided the basis for understanding the Polynesian migration, died Wednesday of natural causes at age 93. Read More

Olive Tree Cafe owner was ‘consummate Zorba’

Updated on  September 28, 2017 at 1:16 am
Olive Tree Cafe chef and owner, farmer and beloved member of Hawaii’s Greek community, Savas Mojarrad, died of a heart attack while vacationing in Greece on Sept. 15. He was 84. Read More

Hawaii educator’s compassion and positivity inspired others

Updated on  September 28, 2017 at 7:57 am
Ernest “Niki” D. Libarios Jr., who devoted his professional life to education in Hawaii, was proud of his Filipino roots and known for his graciousness. Read More

Land disputes plagued noted car dealership founder

Updated on  September 25, 2017 at 11:00 pm
James “Jimmy” Pflueger, a maverick Hawaii businessman who pushed limits to often thrilling and sometimes disastrous outcomes, has died. Read More

UH professor advised Obama’s mother

Alice G. Dewey, a University of Hawaii anthropology professor emeritus who helped document Barack Obama’s upbringing on Oahu while his U.S. heritage was being questioned, died of a stroke June 11. She was 88. Read More

Hotel resort manager supported Hokule‘a

Wayne Ho‘olae Sterling, hotel resort manager, Vietnam War veteran, husband, father and supporter of the Hokule‘a, died at home in Kailua on Wednesday evening after a battle with cancer. He was 70. Read More

Former isle Episcopal bishop known for integrity, advocacy

Richard Sui On Chang, known as “Uncle Bishop” while heading the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii and the first person of Chinese heritage to hold the position in the U.S., has died at the age of 76. Read More

Surfer Conrad Canha credited with pioneering ‘hot-dogging’ on waves

Updated on  August 31, 2017 at 12:25 am
Hawaii-born international surfing champion Conrad Canha, who pioneered performance wave-riding known as “hot-dogging,” has died at age 85. Read More

Former UH professor shared compassion of Shin Buddhism

Updated on  August 28, 2017 at 8:16 pm
Professor Alfred Bloom, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Shin Buddhism and a proponent of its compassion for all beings, is going to get the final word at his funeral service Saturday, says his daughter Lily Bloom Domingo. Read More

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