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Cartoonist Dick Adair remembered for dry sense of humor

Updated on  March 13, 2018 at 10:20 pm
Dick Adair, an editorial cartoonist who amused and sometimes outraged Hawaii newspaper readers for more than three decades, died at his Hawaii Kai home Monday from cancer. He was 82. Read More

Retailer Alan Tomonari helped bring Neiman Marcus to isles

Updated on  March 13, 2018 at 10:19 am
Alan Tomonari, the Oahu-­born retailer who helped bring Nieman Marcus to Hawaii in 1998 and also served the island’s nonprofit community, has died at the age of 71 following a battle with cancer. Read More

Oahu vet Lloyd R. ‘Joe’ Vasey pushed for a WWII Pacific War memorial

Updated on  March 12, 2018 at 10:37 pm
Retired Adm. Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey, the 101-year-old Oahu veteran who inspired a bill to commemorate U.S. service members who fought in the Pacific theater, didn’t live to see his dream realized. Read More

Hawaii surfing pioneer George Downing remembered

Updated on  March 7, 2018 at 12:45 am
Hawaii waterman and environmentalist George Downing, a celebrated big-wave pioneer, surfboard designer, trusted mentor to generations of surfers and creator of the Quiksilver Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay, died peacefully in his sleep early Monday morning, his son Keone Downing said. Read More

Hawaiian falsetto pioneer dies at home on Maui

Renowned for his lilting voice and the singing contest that bears his name, Richard Ho‘opi‘i was both a pioneer and a preservationist in art of Hawaiian falsetto. Read More

Founder of Side Street Inn created after-work haven

Colin Nishida, founder and chef at Side Street Inn, a beloved gathering place for many of Honolulu’s top chefs, died Sunday at age 61. Read More

Scandalized Zen abbot spent 4 years in Hawaii

Eido Tai Shimano, who as abbot of the Zen Studies Society in New York established a substantial following for his branch of Japanese Buddhism, only to resign in a sex scandal, died Feb. 18 in Gifu, Japan. He was 85. Read More

Hawaii scientist devoted career to study fruit fly

Updated on  February 23, 2018 at 11:59 am
Scientist Ernest J. Harris, an internationally acclaimed pioneer in the eradication of crop-destroying fruit flies, who received the Congressional Gold Medal and many other honors during a long, scientifically and societally engaged life, died on Tuesday at his Kaneohe home, surrounded by his family. Read More

Beloved vocal coach Neva Rego dies at 85

Updated on  February 21, 2018 at 11:19 pm
From humble Kaimuki origins, Neva Rego fulfilled a childhood dream to shape a career in music that spanned four decades and impacted a host of Hawaii and national performers. Read More

Gifted isle musician helped others reach their potential

Updated on  February 20, 2018 at 11:34 am
Her musical talents and passion were so exceptional that Beebe Freitas played with the likes of cellist Yo-Yo Ma and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Read More

Maui’s Kaufman was an ecotourism pioneer

Whale-watch industry pioneer Greg Kaufman, who started the Pacific Whale Foundation on Maui 38 years ago and built it into a $1 million-plus nonprofit supporting education, research and conservation, died Saturday at the age of 63. Read More

Maui woman came to Hawaii as a Navy WAVE

Updated on  February 3, 2018 at 11:29 pm
Mildred Randall Piper’s parents wanted her to become a teacher or doctor, so she enrolled in pre-med classes at Texas A&M. Then came the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Read More

Kaneohe woman loved community theater

Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm
Sylvia Hormann-Alper, daughter of noted Hawaii sociologist Bernhard Hormann and known for her involvement in local theater, died Jan. 24 at her home in Kaneohe. She was 78. Read More

Friends, family celebrate Jim Nabors’ life

Updated on  January 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm
Jim Nabors — beloved showroom star, television icon, recording artist, honorary Marine — was remembered Saturday with music performances, heartfelt speeches, vintage photos and video clips at a private celebration of life hosted by Stan Cadwallader, his husband and partner of more than 40 years, at the Pacific Club. Read More

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

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