Catherine Karol, 89, of Holualoa died Dec. 13 at home. Born in Easton, N.Y., she was a secretary for General Electric. Services held. Survived by sons, James (Sylka) Karol of El Paso, Texas, and Thomas Karol of Holualoa; hanai daughter, Dorine Peregrim of the mainland; sister, Julia (Manuel) Ballestero of Boston Lake, N.Y.; brother, Paul (Shirley) Peregrim of Argyle, N.Y.; three grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Louise Roendahl Belt, 77, of Waimea died Dec. 4 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born on Kauai, she was a retired pastry chef. Service held. Memorial donations to North Hawaii Hospice, 65-1328 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, HI 96743. Survived by spouse, Georges Amtablian of Waimea; sons, Robert (Valerie) Summers of Keaau and James (Michelle) Summers of Kurtistown; sister, Alice (Jack) Faust of Oregon; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Dr. Louis Richard Fuka, 76, of Hilo died Dec. 1 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in New York, he was a mechanical and structural engineer for the federal government; worked at McDonnell-Douglas, helping design the Saturn rocket and C-5A cargo jet, and Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, working on the Antares laser fusion and superconducting magnetic storage projects; and was a member of Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church. Visitation 9:30-10 a.m. Monday at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church, 326 Desha Ave. in Keaukaha. Memorial mass at 10 a.m. Luncheon to follow at Hale Kahakai. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Mary Fuka of Hilo; daughter, Mary Z. Fuka of Colorado; sons, Louis T. (Lisa) Fuka of Austin, Texas, Joseph (Jean Moore) Fuka of Albuquerque, N.M., and Daniel (Melissa) Fuka of Ithaca, N.Y.; sisters, Carol (Larry) Bereswill of St. Louis and Mary Ann (Jim) Bolt of Atlanta; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Pamela Julia Joaquin, 64, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 7 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Minneapolis, she was a housewife. Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday at Honokaa High School cafeteria. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by husband, Dennis Joaquin of Kailua-Kona; sons, Devin (Amber) Joaquin of Waimea, Royce (Darlene) Joaquin of Waikoloa and Chachi (Tracey) Joaquin of Hilo; hanai daughter, Summer Dela Rosa of Kohala; brothers, Louis Gagnon Jr. of Texas and Mike (Julie) Gagnon of Minneapolis; 10 grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Betty Ann Herzog, 62, of Pahoa died Nov. 16 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Michigan, she was a housekeeper for Waiakea Villas and a member of the YWCA. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Kanani (Mikey Sciuto) Bush of Pahoa and Malani (Jacob) de la Nux of Mountain View; sons, Abraham Carroll of Mountain View, Issac (Dawnah de la Nux) Carroll of Hilo and Jacob (Leslie) Carroll of Glenwood; mother, Dorothy Herzog of Maui; sister, Patricia Ward of Maui; brother, Keith Herzog of California; 11 grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Kay Naomi (Shoji) Cera, 71, of Papaikou, formerly of Mililani, Oahu, died Nov. 25 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was retired from Pizza Hut and a member of Kealiiokamalu Church in Haleiwa, Oahu, and Ke Kilohana O Ka Malamalama Church in Hilo. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 5 p.m. Urn committal service noon Monday, Dec. 22, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 Columbaria. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by husband, Gilbert Cera of Papaikou; daughter, Sharmaine (Jason) Generalao of Las Vegas; sons, Gilbert B. (Loryfel) Cera of Las Vegas, Grant K.M. Cera of Mililani and Garrett K. Cera of Honolulu; brothers, Tamotsu Arai of Hilo, Toshio (Sonia) Shoji and Dennis (Liza) Shoji of California; sister, Ellen (Roy) Kaluna of Naalehu; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Simeona Aina, 69, of Naalehu died Dec. 2 at Ka‘u Hospital. Born in American Samoa, he was a retired Roberts Hawaii bus driver. Visitation and wake vigil 6 p.m. Friday at Naalehu Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visitation continues 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the church. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Naalehu County Cemetery. Survived by wife, Suzanne Marie Aina of Naalehu; sons, Risiti Simeona (Sharon) Aina of Nanawale, Liugalua (Angela) Aina of California, Simeona Aina Jr. of Texas, Anthony (Sunrose) Aina of Oregon, Simeona Aina III of Hilo and Setefano Galuefa Aina of Naalehu; daughters, Dorothy Lauamu (Lewis) Mata of Oregon, Suzanne Malie‘esea Aina and Samantha Filiomalo Aina of Naalehu; brothers, Setefano (Tina) Aina, Faigofie Aina, To‘aiva Nunu, Sola (Tepa) Aina, Tafagafaga (Mau) Savea and Fa‘amaini Aioletuna (Lalelei) Savea of California, Faigata Aina and Aleipata (Nofo) Aina of Alaska, Mumaina (Alofa) Aina of Honolulu, Faigata (Tina) Savea Jr. of Washington; sisters, Tiana (Mika) Mauga, Senerita (Suitulaga) Faiai and Felosiai (Scotty) Mautautia of California, Sandy Senerita (Eliga) Lefotu of Arizona, Feliu‘ai (Ti‘i) Iauulualo of Oregon, Flo (Umu) Savea of Honolulu; caregiver, Gini Galu of Naalehu, 14 grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
David Sargent Bratt, 31, of Kapaau died Dec. 9 at Kohala Hospital. Born in Calcutta, India, he was a landscaping business owner. Visitation at 9 a.m. Saturday at Kalahikiola Congregational Church in Kapaau. Service at 10 a.m. For information, call (360) 223-3850. Survived by son, Kawika-Zion Paio-Bratt of Hilo; daughter, Kaiana Kaniho of Kapaau; companion, Ashley Kaniho of Kapaau; mother, Catherine Bratt of Hilo; brother, Michael Bratt of Hilo; sister, Elizabeth (Nick) Sado of Seattle, Wash.; numerous nieces and a nephew. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Lillian “Linda” Farias, 86, of Hilo died Dec. 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a retired cook for Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary school. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Monday at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church. Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial at noon at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by daughter, Paulette (Mark) Pang-Ching of Hilo; sisters, Lorraine Jardine and Maile DeSilva of Hilo; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Lillian De Morales, 94, of Hilo died Nov. 24 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Wai‘ki, South Kohala, she was a retired housekeeping inspectress for Naniloa Hotel in Hilo and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Private services held. Survived by daughter, Carol (Leslie) Kanaka‘ole of Hilo; brother, Joseph De Morales of Hilo; daughter-in-law, Paula De Morales of Hilo; sisterS, Irene Pacheco and Betsy Lindinha of Hilo and Eleanor Ako of Honolulu; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
The cooler climate and soils of the Willamette Valley of Portland, Ore., are perfect for growing pinot grapes and the late David "Papa Pinot" Lett of Eryrie Vineyards has been credited as the pioneer of this very viable crop. Many towns were suffering a slow death as small farms were shutting down at an incredible rate of two per day around the country.
The health of Hawaii's coral reef system is threatened by human impact and factors such as pollution and climate change. To develop a better understanding of coral reefs, Bradda Skibs and the Pakalove Crew recently headed to the Wai'opae Tide Pools for a hands-on learning adventure led by graduate research assistant John Burns.
The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai'i (CTFH) will hold its second annual fundraising event -- "Deadly in Pink," a champagne brunch -- to raise awareness of tobacco industry marketing strategies to reach women and girls.
U of Portland School of Ed honors Uchima The University of Portland School of Education honored Hilo native Kristen Uchima with its annual Dean's Award for outstanding leadership, service and academic achievement. Uchima graduated May 8 with a degree in elementary education.
WASHINGTON — The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.
WASHINGTON — How often will President Barack Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner’s rescue even when Republican leaders aren’t willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?
WASHINGTON — Jonathan Gruber — the source of more smoking guns than the battle of Gettysburg — recently appeared before a hostile House committee. The good professor, you might recall, is an MIT economist who played a significant (and paid) role in producing and defending the Affordable Care Act. He also later admitted, in an astonishing variety of settings, that the law was written in a “tortured way” to hide tax increases and other flaws. “Lack of transparency,” he cheerfully conceded, “is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”
“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” — Mr. Micawber in “David Copperfield”
Big city mayors have to stay as neutral as possible when asked about disputes between their citizens and the police. But New York Mayor Bill de Blasio found his voice in a profoundly moving way when he responded not as a mayor, but as a parent.
WASHINGTON — By history’s frequently brutal dialectic, the good that we call progress often comes spasmodically, in lurches propelled by tragedies caused by callousness, folly or ignorance. With the grand jury’s as yet inexplicable and probably inexcusable refusal to find criminal culpability in Eric Garner’s death on a Staten Island sidewalk, the nation might have experienced sufficient affronts to its sense of decency. It might at long last be ready to stare into the abyss of its criminal justice system.
WASHINGTON — At a 40th-birthday party in July for Franklin Foer, editor of the New Republic, the magazine’s young owner, Chris Hughes, got all choked up as he pledged to the roomful of writers at Foer’s country home in Pennsylvania that the two would be “intellectual partners for decades.”
The best that can be said for the “tax extenders” bill, approved in the waning days of the 113th Congress, is that it could have been much worse. After the November election, House and Senate leaders attempted to make all 55 special-interest tax breaks in the bill permanent instead of renewing them on a short-term basis, as per usual. The White House shot down that idea, which would have added more than $400 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade. Finally, all concerned settled on a $42 billion one-year renewal of the breaks, retroactive to Jan. 1, so that taxpayers can claim them on their 2014 returns — to be followed by a resumption of debate on broader tax reform in 2015.
After the massacre of 132 children Tuesday at a military-run school in Peshawar, no Pakistani should be under any illusions about the nature of the so-called Pakistani Taliban. Leaders across the political spectrum, including some like Imran Khan who have in the past called for negotiations with the militants, have expressed horror at the killings. Focusing solely on that despicable group, however, won’t make future generations of Pakistani children safe.
Both houses of Congress have voted to send the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus” spending bill to President BarackObama, and the president has promised to sign the measure, though it’s not an easy creature to like. The massive bill represents a last-minute, must-pass caricature of the deliberative process by which Congress is supposed to approve appropriations. It comes studded with special-interest giveaways, including relaxations of Wall Street and campaign finance regulations that would have been unlikely to pass as stand-alone measures. For the District of Columbia, there’s an especially wounding abrogation of a marijuana legalization referendum.
Among the business that Congress will leave unfinished this month is legal authorization of the war against the Islamic State. Though the war has been underway for five months, President Barack Obama has said he would welcome legislation, and congressional leaders have denounced the president’s unilateral actions in other spheres, neither the White House nor Congress has made a passage of an Authorization for Use of Military Force a priority. That puts the ongoing military operations on shaky legal ground and deprives them of the political mandate they ought to have.
The work of Khadija Ismayilova would be vital in any country but has been particularly courageous in Azerbaijan, the oil-rich sultanate ruled both before and after the Soviet collapse by Heydar Aliyev, who died in 2003, and now by his son, President Ilham Aliyev. In recent years, Ismayilova investigated the ruling family’s hidden wealth and unearthed evidence of how they acquired it through secret deals. Now, the potentates have struck back and moved to silence her, the latest example of how Azerbaijan has become a bleak dystopia for human rights and democracy.
It’s no secret that Medicaid struggles to attract as many doctors as other health care plans do. Less clear is what makes that so hard. Everyone assumes it’s all because of Medicaid’s low payment rates. But a government watchdog suggests it may have more to do with the way states run the program.
To get a taste for the havoc possible in today’s digital world, consider the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Intruders calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” claim to have broken into Sony’s networks and stolen around 100 terabytes — that’s 100,000 gigabytes — of financial information, budgets, payroll data, internal emails and feature films, and they have been slowly leaking excerpts to the public through file-sharing services. The materials have caused a sensation — revealing embarrassing details about executive salaries and secret movie negotiations — but the hack is also a worrisome moment in cybersecurity.
Let’s begin by thanking Congress for small favors: Top lawmakers from both parties have agreed on a $1.01 trillion spending bill that will fund all but one federal department through September, thereby averting a shutdown like the one that entangled Washington for 16 days last year. (The Department of Homeland Security will get enough cash to last only through February, as a sop to Republicans outraged by President Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to change immigration policy.) In addition to agency appropriations, the bill would provide billions in funding for such emergencies as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the war against the Islamic State.
Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the CIA began taking prisoners captured in U.S. anti-terrorism operations. Some were tortured. This is not news. But a long-classified Senate report released Tuesday depicts the disgusting extremes.
New Republican leaders in Congress will shortly decide whether to reappoint Douglas Elmendorf as director of the Congressional Budget Office. Does this matter? you may ask. More is at stake than you’d think.