Teacher, Oahu activist fought evictions, H-3
By Gary T. Kubota/ firstname.lastname@example.org
In the 1970s, Pete Thompson was a major voice in movements to stop the eviction of Waiahole-Waikane residents and to keep the H-3 freeway from going through Moanalua Valley.
His political essays and lectures explored the relationships of power among developers, landowners and politicians, and he spoke in favor of preserving farmland, Hawaiian cultural sites and the rural lifestyle of Windward Oahu.
As a teacher, he organized geopolitical tours to the valley and helped in demonstrations before the state Land Use Commission.
Thompson, who went from being a University of Hawaii ethnic studies instructor to eventually an investment broker rated among the top 100 nationwide, died of cancer complications at a hospice in Palolo on March 2. He was 65.
“Pete Thompson was one of the most dynamic people I’ve ever known in my life,” said writer George Cooper, co-author of “Land and Power in Hawaii.”
“Pete was the first person from whom I learned anything about how to research political and economic power in Hawaii.”
Pete Kaulula‘au Gustave Thompson, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, was born in Honolulu.
Thompson, described by colleagues as possessing a “brilliant mind,” helped in developing the first curriculum about Native Hawaiians in the ethnic studies program at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
“Everybody knew Pete was the intellectual giant of the group,” said Lawrence Kamakawiwoole, the first director of the ethnic studies program. “He was successful at whatever he put his mind to.”
Outside the university, he criticized attempts to convert farmland into residential developments in the Waiahole-Waikane area. The state, averting a major confrontation by residents and supporters, stepped in to purchase 600 acres in Waiahole-Waikane.
Thompson became chairman of “For People, Land and Sea, Stop TH-3,” a coalition of groups that opposed a third freeway to Windward Oahu. Thompson also spoke in favor of developing jobs in Windward Oahu to reduce traffic.
The H-3 freeway was eventually developed but the state built it through Halawa Valley.
As a broker for Smith Barney, Thompson was ranked 51st among investment brokers in the United States in 2008, reporting assets under management of $1.6 billion, according to Wealth-Management.com.
He was a board member of the Hawaii People’s Fund and the Hawaii Institute of Public Affairs.
He supported his wife, Sylvia, in opening the gourmet vegan food restaurant Licious Dishes and a raw vegan gourmet catering company and restaurant Greens and Vines.
Thompson is survived by his wife, Sylvia; and son, Travis.
The family is having a scattering of ashes at 10 a.m. Sunday on the Diamond Head side of Kewalo Basin, overlooking Pete’s favorite surf spot, Rocky Point.
On April 12, a “Celebration of Life” is planned at Kapiolani Community College’s Ka‘ikena Restaurant from 2 to 6 p.m.
March 22, 2015
Estrella “Til” Acoba, 70, of Honolulu, a Kapiolani Medical Center telecommunications operator, died in Kuakini Medical Center. She was born in Wailuku. She is survived by husband Patrick M.; daughters Reina Saffery, Anissa “Sooky” Clayton and Quelli Blue; brother Canuto “Sonny” Tacderan; sister Cynthia Rola; and eight grandchildren. Visitation: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea St., Honolulu. Services: 9:15 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Condolences: borthwickoahu.com. Incorrect information in an obituary published Friday.
Feb. 27, 2015
Editha Partoriza Adawag, 76, of Aiea, an Outrigger Hotel, Waikiki, retiree, died in Honolulu. She was born in Asingan, Pangasinan, Philippines. She is survived by daughter Judith Demarest; brothers Condrado, Carlito and Danilo Partoriza; sisters Teresita Antolin, Darry Manganlindan and Laura Partoriza; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Church, 99-312 Moanalua Road, Aiea. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Committal service: 1 p.m. at Schofield Post Cemetery, Wahiawa. Flowers welcome.
Feb. 17, 2015
Matea Barroga Balboa, 80, of Ewa Beach died in Ewa Beach. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by husband Alpheo M.; daughters Evangeline E. Manuel, Glorifina E. Silvestre, Fatima E. Mamuad and Maricel B. Williams; sons Roosebelt B. and Nick B.; brothers Amado, Jaime, Sergio and Angel; sisters Nicolasa Salvador and Nemecia B. Bistayan; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Services: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Incorrect information in an obituary published Thursday.
Aug. 4, 2014
Terry Ann Gouveia Bronson, 59, of Modesto, Calif., formerly of Honolulu, died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by companion Eva Flores, sons Troy and Jesse, daughter Alison, mother Theresa L. Gouveia, brother Luja G. Gouveia, sisters Tessie Sylva and Teddi L. Gouveia, and five grandchildren. Celebration of life and scattering of ashes: 10 a.m. April 4 at Pokai Bay.
Feb. 18, 2015
Frances E. Gongob, 80, of Wahiawa died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Gabriel Jr.; daughter Sharolynne I. Roche; sisters Alma Parker, LaVerne Campollo and Lillian Bulawan; and a grandchild. Visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Schofield Post Cemetery, Wahiawa. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Additional information for an obituary published Friday.
March 20, 2015
June E. Grantham, 85, of Kailua died in Hale Kuiki in Kaneohe. She was born in Philadelphia. She is survived by husband Robert W., son Carl J., daughters Joy E. Berentes and Ruth M. O’Connell, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Borthwick Mortuary, Maikai Chapel. Service: 7 p.m. Burial: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Donations suggested to the Hawaii chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences: borthwick oahu.com.
March 8, 2015
Hui Chun Li, 83, of Honolulu, a seamstress, died in Avalon Care Center. She was born in Zhongshan, China. She is survived by sons Song Xi Wu and Song Yue Wu, daughters Soling Ng and Suqing Wu Li, and a sister. Taoist services: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary.
Feb. 24, 2015
Eloise Kaoru Murakami, 76, of Kaneohe, a retired law clerk for the city Family Support Division, died at home. She was born in Pahala, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Clayton H., son Scott Y., daughters Sandra S. Murakami and Shelley T. Yee, hanai daughter Tonia A. Mahi, sisters Kokimi “Kay” Takaki and Yuriko Prentice, and six grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Service: 6 p.m. Casual attire.
March 3, 2015
Arthur Yoshio Nishida, 70, of Pearl City, a Hirano Brothers mason construction foreman, a Honolulu police officer, a retired Honolulu prosecutor’s office investigator and an Army veteran, died in Pearl City. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Abigail K.; daughters Antoinette L.R. Nishida and Annette M.M. Fukuda; brother Howard; sisters Dorothy Turbeville, Gail and Theresa Nishida and Rina Lessary; and five grandchildren. Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Service: 6:30 p.m. Inurnment: 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
March 22, 2015
Miriam Meleana Peterson, 91, of Kaneohe, a homemaker, died in Kailua. She was born in North Kohala, Hawaii. She is survived by son Orlan L. Jr.; daughters Sharen J. Umiamaka, Sandy Fergerstrom, Lynne M. Mossman and Grace K. Seiki; 18 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10 a.m. April 4 at Kaneohe Congregational Church. Services: 11:30 a.m. Private scattering. Flowers or lei welcome. Condolences: woolsey mortuary.com.
March 20, 2015
Moso Togiola, 70, of Honolulu died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in American Samoa. He is survived by sisters Fitilagi Talili, Jan Fisher and Amy S. Togiola. Visitation: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Moanalua Mortuary, 1150 Kikowaena St. Services at noon. Burial: 3 p.m. at Greenhaven Memorial Park, Kaneohe.
March 25, 2015
Van Masato Uemura, 60, of Hilo, an employee of S. Tokunaga Store in Hilo, died at home. He was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Jacquelyn “Jackie,” son Van Jr., daughter Sharay, sisters Sylvia Handy and Myra Bailey, and five grandchildren. Visitation: 2:30 p.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel, Hilo. Service: 4 p.m. Casual attire.
Feb. 24, 2015
Romana Baysa “Mana” Viernes, 92, of Waialua died in Aiea. She was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by sons Errol and Alexander, daughter Josephine Vidad, brother Feliberto Visaya, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 67-390 Goodale Ave., Waialua. Mass: 11 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Feb. 23, 2015
Tess Evalani Walker, 45, of Honolulu, an adult correctional officer, died in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Vincent; sons Kahoku and Nainoa Tampos and Vincent Walker Jr.; daughter Chanel; mother Annie V. Hackbarth; brothers Theo Leatumauga and Ted and Kila Hackbarth; sisters Patsy Patacsil, Elizabeth Tufi, Charmaine Cornell, Jennie Fukushima and Annie Aarona; and a grandchild. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary, Maunakea Chapel. Service: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. Condolences: borthwickoahu.com.
March 6, 2015
Miles Kazuo “Coach Miles” Yasuda, 60, of Kaneohe, a retired air conditioning supervisor for Elite Mechanical and a basketball coach at St. Andrew’s Priory and Project Hope, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Deborah A.T. “Debby”; daughters Kelly Yeung and Chelsea Yasuda; brothers Mark, Mel and Matthew; sisters Michelle Akiona and Myra and Marlene Yasuda; and two grandchildren. Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary Chapel. Visitation to follow. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences: diamond headmortuary.com.
March 14, 2015
Brickwood Santa Suganuma “Bricky” Ysabel Sr., 79, of Waimanalo, a retired American Movers inspector, died in Waimanalo. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Diana H.; son Brickwood “Isa” Jr.; daughters Berdene “Ber” and Zelda; brothers Albert “Boy” Ysabel and Herbert “Yapa” and Melvin “Mel” Suganuma; sisters Doreen Suganuma and Emily “Manu” Lono; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 41-972 Oluolu St., Waimanalo. Service: 11 a.m. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.