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Slack key master Cyril Pahinui leaves behind legacy of music

Cyril Pahinui — slack key master, Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning recording artist, teacher, mentor and role model — died Saturday at The Queen’s Medical Center. Read More

William Goldman, Oscar winner for ‘Butch Cassidy,’ dies at 87

Goldman’s daughter Jenny said her father died early today in New York due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. Read More

Hawaii-born Devah Pager, scholar of racial bias in job market, dies at 46

Devah Pager, a Harvard sociologist best known for rigorously measuring and documenting racial discrimination in the labor market and in the criminal justice system, died last Friday at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was 46. Read More

Former Wahine Cia Goods had power and grace

There was a grace to Cecilia Goods-Fernandez that went beyond her performance on the volleyball court, beyond that fluid athleticism that earned her postseason awards, including the 1997 player of the year in the Pacific Division of the Western Athletic Conference her senior season at the University of Hawaii. Read More

Shareholder activist Evelyn Y. Davis dies at 89

The brash shareholder activist Evelyn Y. Davis, who owned stock in more than 80 public companies and rarely failed to make her presence known at corporate-investor meetings, has died. She was 89. Read More

Raymond Chow, film producer behind Bruce Lee, dies at age 91

Legendary Hong Kong film producer Raymond Chow, who introduced the world to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan and even brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen, has died at age 91. Read More

Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey dies at 80

Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed “Stretch” for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died today. He was 80. Read More

Whitey Bulger said to have been killed by inmates ‘affiliated with the mob’

James “Whitey” Bulger, the murderous Boston gangster who benefited from a corrupt relationship with the FBI before spending 16 years as one of America’s most wanted men, died in federal prison. He was 89. Read More

Ruth Gates, 56, was leading advocate for coral reefs

Ruth Gates, the University of Hawaii-Manoa marine biologist who was a prominent voice in the fight to save the world’s coral reefs, died Thursday following a bout with brain cancer. Read More

Thai owner of British soccer team dies after post-match helicopter crash

Thai billionaire and Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died when his helicopter crashed in a parking lot next to the soccer club’s stadium, was known to fans as a smiling, benevolent man and brought the club its fairytale English Premier League title in 2016. He was 60. Read More

Master quilt designer leaves legacy of love for the art form

John Fernandez Serrao Sr. had a full career with the Hono­lulu Police Department as a patrolman, plainclothes officer and detective but found hislifelong passion as a master quilt designer and teacher after he retired from police work. Read More

Country bluesman, hit songwriter Tony Joe White dies

A record label representative says Tony Joe White, the country bluesman and hit songwriter behind such successes as “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia,” has died. He was 75. Read More

Medtronic founder Earl Bakken shared talents with Hawaii

Earl Elmer Bakken, inventor of the first wearable, battery-powered pacemaker and co-founder of Medtronic Inc., embraced his motto of “live on, give on, dream on” when he moved to Hawaii in 1989. Read More

Dave Dave, set afire as boy, dies of natural causes

Medical examiners in Las Vegas have determined that artist Dave Dave, who was badly scarred when his father set him on fire as a boy, died of natural causes. Read More


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