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Visitor industry saddened by tourism pioneer’s death

Members of Hawaii’s tourism industry are remembering entrepreneur Rick Wall as an innovator and good friend. Read More
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Navy vet Ed Carter instrumental in bringing ‘Mighty Mo’ to Hawaii

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World War II veteran Ed Carter helped spearhead efforts to move the iconic World War II warship USS Missouri to Hawaii, bringing the 887-foot battlewagon to Pearl Harbor in 1998 and turning it into a nonprofit museum. Read More

Bill Torrey, GM of Islanders’ 4 Stanley Cups, dies at 83

Bill Torrey, the jovial bow-tie wearing Hall of Famer who was the general manager of the New York Islanders when they won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1980s and eventually became the first president of the Florida Panthers, has died. He was 83. Read More

Art Paul, 93, was Playboy art director who created bunny logo

Art Paul, who created Playboy’s famous tuxedoed bunny head logo, died of pneumonia April 28 at a Chicago-area hospital. He was 93. Read More

Jhoon Rhee, ‘father of American Taekwondo,’ dies at 86

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, the man known as the “father of American Taekwondo,” died Monday after a long illness. He was 86. Read More

Lifelong educator recalled as ‘mother of middle schools’

Margaret Yuriko Oda, a pioneering educator who was born in a plantation town and left a lasting impact at schools across the islands, has died at 93. Read More
 

Larry Harvey, 70, was visionary behind Burning Man

Larry Harvey, whose whimsical decision to erect a giant wooden figure and then burn it to the ground led to the popular, long-running counterculture celebration known as “Burning Man,” has died. He was 70. Read More

Influential Burning Man festival co-founder dead at 70

Larry Harvey, whose whimsical decision to erect a giant wooden figure and then burn it to the ground led to the popular, long-running counterculture celebration known as “Burning Man,” has died. He was 70. Read More
 

Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville dies at 79

New Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville, who once backed up B.B. King and later gained fame with the Neville Brothers band and their rollicking blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues, has died. He was 79. Read More

Dr. Samuel Epstein, 91, devoted career to preventing cancer

In 1926, when Samuel S. Epstein was born in Yorkshire, an English baby boy’s estimated life span was about 60 years. Epstein lived to be 91, after devoting his career to preventing cancer. Read More

Charles Zwick, 91, helped engineer 1969 federal surplus

Charles J. Zwick, who as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s last budget director, created a $3.2 billion surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1969. It was the only surplus generated by the federal budget from 1960, the last full year of the Eisenhower administration, to 1998, under President Bill Clinton. Read More

Bob Dorough, 94, was jazzman who composed ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’

Bob Dorough, a singer, pianist and composer who was well known for his jazz but even better known for “Schoolhouse Rock!”, an infectious series of song-filled cartoons that conveyed math and grammar principles to young viewers, died Monday. He was 94. Read More

Richard Jenrette, 89, restored historic homes after Wall Street success

Richard H. Jenrette, who was a founder of the first Wall Street firm to offer shares to the public and who, after selling it to the giant but ailing Equitable Life Assurance Society, presided as chief executive over the company’s revival, died Sunday inCharleston, S.C. He was 89. Read More

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Kirk Simon dies at 63

Kirk Simon, a documentary filmmaker who turned luminaries in the arts into teachers and brought cameras into the classroom, memorably in an Academy Award-winning film about a multinational school in Israel, died April 14 in Manhattan. He was 63. Read More

Verne Troyer, 49, was Mini-Me from ‘Austin Powers’ films

Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil’s small, silent sidekick “Mini-Me” in the “Austin Powers” movie franchise, has died. He was 49. Read More

Former Steelers tight end Bennie Cunningham dies at 63

Bennie Cunningham, a versatile tight end who starred at Clemson and won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has died. He was 63. Read More

Engineer rose through ranks to CEO at R. M. Towill

Donald Chang Won Kim, who worked his way up the ranks to become chairman and CEO of Hawaii’s largest and oldest consulting engineering company, died suddenly March 27 in Honolulu. Read More

Krikorian, 97, helped guide atomic weapons development

Scientist Nerses “Krik” Krikorian, who was born a refugee and later became a legend in the once-secret New Mexico city where the atomic bomb was developed, has died. He was 97. Read More

Pro wrestling great Bruno Sammartino dies at 82

Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling’s “Living Legend” and one of its longest-reigning champions, has died. He was 82. Read More

Carl Kasell, 84, was a longtime National Public Radio newscaster

Carl Kasell, an NPR newscaster who, late in his career, cast off his anchorman gravitas once a week and for years became an absurdist comedian on the popular satirical quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” died in Potomac, Maryland. He was 84. Read More

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