Archive for March, 2014

KENNY BROWN / 1919-2014

Posted On March 18th, 2014 -

24-hour vigil will honor beloved business leader with royal ties

Timothy Hurley /

The legacy and life of the late Kenny Brown, Native Hawaiian business and political leader, will be celebrated at a 24-hour vigil at the Royal Mausoleum of 20140319_OBIT_MUGHawaii Chapel starting at midday Thursday.

Hundreds are expected to attend the event, called “Ku i ka Mana,” which is being organized by a group of people whose lives were touched by the man who died last month at the age of 94.

“We all feel compelled to honor an extraordinary man,” said Maile Meyer, owner of Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii. “I’m thrilled to be doing this.”

Brown, great-grandson of John Papa I‘i, a member of the court of Kamehameha III, had a resume that was long and impressive. Among other titles, he was chairman of the Bishop Museum, the East-West Center and the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

He ran for lieutenant governor in 1966 and served as a special assistant to Gov. John A. Burns before serving two terms in the state Senate.

In the business world, Brown owned the Waianae Cable Co. and would later serve as chairman of the board of Oceanic Cablevision. He served on numerous boards of directors, including Amfac, Pan Pacific Development Co., Emerald Hotels Corp. and Hawaiian Airlines.

He was the longtime president and chairman of Hawaii island’s Mauna Lani Resort, which under his leadership was a forerunner in preserving, protecting and incorporating Hawaiian culture as part of the visitor experience.

He also founded the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association with Hawaiian scholar George Kanahele.

During the ’80s and early ’90s, Brown was chairman of the board of The Queen’s Health Systems in Honolulu and worked to redirect the mission of Queen’s to serve Hawaiians and the less privileged sectors of Hawaii’s population.

As president of the Hawaii Maritime Center, he pushed for ways to support the voyages of the Hokule‘a and the work of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

Designer Momi Cazimero, who served with Brown on the Queen’s board, said Brown was a powerful role model who inspired personal growth and leadership in others.

“Kenny lived the principles and wisdom of his kupuna on whose shoulders he stood. And now we stand on his shoulders,” she said.

Different topics that were special interests of Brown’s will be discussed in three-hour segments throughout the 24 hours. The public is invited to come and go at any time. Parking will be available at the Honolulu Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2313 Nuuanu Ave., mauka of the Royal Mausoleum, or Mauna‘ala.

The event will start at noon Thursday with a family gathering and personal remembrances. Community health and wellness will be the focus of the next segment from 3 to 6 p.m., featuring representatives of the Queen’s Medical Center and other health organizations and foundations that shared Brown’s vision.

The third segment, from

6 to 9 p.m., will focus on business and commerce. Waikiki businesses, hotel industry professionals and other industry leaders are expected to discuss the future of tourism.

Land stewardship will be discussed from 9 p.m. to midnight, while Hawaiian music and culture will be addressed from midnight to

3 a.m. From 3 to 6 a.m. the topic will be ties among the peoples of Polynesia. Brown on several occasions traveled to Aotearoa, or New Zealand, and he envisioned a Pacific ohana.

From 6 to 9 a.m. the topic will be “Justice, Governance, Advocacy and Leadership,” while the final segment at 9 a.m. will be “Reflections and Voyaging into the Future.”

“He was a voyager,” Meyer said. “He was out over the horizon in everything he did.”

At the end, lei offerings will be made at the Kamehameha and Queen Emma crypt, and then there will be a short walk to place lei at the grave sites of the Papa I‘i, at Oahu Cemetery.

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Cobey Black / 1922-2014

Posted On March 31st, 2014 -

Isle celebrity columnist rubbed elbows with stars

A newspaper writer, Black was interested in high achievers

By Michael Tsai

Gifted with a keen intellect and driven by insatiable curiosity, columnist Cobey Black captivated readers of the Hono­lulu Star-Bulletin and The Hono­lulu Advertiser with smartly written and painstakingly procured glimpses of thousands of the day’s most popular and accomplished entertainers, intellectuals and politicians.

Black died at her Diamond Head home Thursday at the age of 91.

Through Black’s popular “Who’s News” and “Cobey” columns, local readers gained rare insight into the lives of everyone from Elvis Pres­ley to the Dalai Lama, Lucille Ball to Susan Sontag, U.S. presidents to yo-yo wizards.

“Cobey was egalitarian,” said veteran Hawaii journalist Denby Fawcett, a longtime friend of Black. “It didn’t matter who you were or where you came from as long as you were interesting. And she could pull something of substance, something interesting, out of almost everyone she met.”

And as her long and illustrious list of achievements and experiences attests, she was at least as substantial and interesting as the celebrities she profiled.

Margaret Bell Cobey was born in Washington, D.C., and educated at Welles­ley College in Massachusetts.

After graduating in 1944, Cobey moved to Cali­for­nia to pursue an acting career. She eventually joined a USO troupe on a tour of Europe.

While in Paris, she ran into an old friend from home, Army officer Edwin Black, whom she would later marry. Politically, the two were polar opposites, Cobey a liberal who supported socially progressive causes and Ed a dedicated patriot with conservative values. Yet, friends and family agreed, the two were deeply in love and steadfastly loyal to each other.

Back in the U.S., Black leveraged her writing skills into a job as women’s editor for the Washington Daily News, a post she held from 1947 to 1950. She was entertaining an offer to become a style writer for the Washington Post when her husband was reassigned to Hawaii.

Black was reluctant to move but changed her mind once she visited Oahu.

“She came to take a look, and that was it,” said daughter Noel Ackerman. “She saw how beautiful everything was and never wanted to leave.”

Hawaii was on the cusp of historic change when Black, then 31, arrived in 1954. Statehood was on the near horizon, Big Five control was being usurped by a Demo­cratic Party energized by returning war veterans, and the advent of cheap jet travel was about to transform the local economy.

Black recognized Hawaii as a site of rare cultural, historic and social intersection and saw in its appeal to traveling celebrities an opportunity to fill a niche.

Shortly after she arrived in Hawaii, Black approached Star-Bulletin Editor Bill Ewing and talked her way into writing a celebrity column.

Making good on her promise to secure interviews with visiting celebrities wasn’t easy, but Black’s earnest, down-to-earth approach proved highly effective in getting even the most resistant public figures to grant her a few minutes. Many of her tales became the stuff of local journalism legend. She wore down a reclusive Robert Mitchum as he sat at the bar in the Moana Hotel, lay on the grass to interview a prone and unwilling-to-move Marlon Brando, even coaxed a wary Henry Fonda to re-enact his famous Tom Joad speech from “The Grapes of Wrath.”

“She was a genuine person,” said friend Judy Murata. “There was no BS, no game-playing, no manipulation. It was just her. If she had an agenda, it was simply to get to know you.”

Black relied on a network of Wai­kiki bellhops and desk clerks to get the skinny on who was staying where, but her interest was never in scandal or salaciousness. Friends say she was fascinated by the qualities that high achievers possessed and delighted in sharing stories of hard work and accomplishment.

Few readers would have guessed that Black accomplished such feats while also caring for six children.

Daughter Star Black recalled nights when, roused from sleep, she and her siblings would be herded into the family car so Black could drop off her latest column before deadline.

Given the nature of Black’s work, it was no surprise for the children if they came home to find Secret Service agents in the living room, or Danny Kaye cooking in the kitchen, or Jack Lord freshening a cocktail at the bar, or their father playing chess with nuclear scientist Edward Teller. They didn’t flinch when the received postcards informing them that their mother was visiting a camel market with Sir Edmund Hillary or learning the finer points of snake wrangling.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better mother,” said youngest son Brian. “She had a great way of instilling a sense of pride and hard work without being obvious about it. We always wanted to live up to a higher standard because of her.”

Though she first came to public notice through her column, which continued to run into the mid-1980s, Black was also a successful author, penning well-reviewed books on Princess Pau­ahi Bishop and legendary kumu hula Iolani Lua­hine. Her 2002 book “Hawaii Scandal,” published when she was 79, is considered one of the definitive texts on the infamous Thalia Massey rape case.

She was working on a collection of columns about prominent African-Americans at the time of her death.

At her former Kahala home, she threw parties that might have made Gatsby blush but also opened her home to countless people in need of a place to stay.

“She enjoyed the adrenaline of life,” said son Bruce.

Cobey Black is survived by sister Betty Senescu, daughters Star Black and Noel Ackerman, and sons Nicholas, Bruce and Brian. Funeral arrangements are pending.31-b1-Black-151

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Wilmer C. ‘Bill’ Morris / 1923-2014

Posted On March 6th, 2014 -

Business leader helped restore palace items

By Gary T. Kubota

Wilmer C. “Bill” Morris, a businessman instrumental in securing the return of the Hawaiian crowns, swords and scepter to Iolani Palace, died in Kaneohe on Feb. 9. He was a month shy of his 91st birthday.07-a26-OBT-Morris

Morris, a part-Hawaiian, traced his ancestry to British sea captain Samuel Dowsett, who settled in Hawaii in 1828, and Hawaiian Princess Keikipauahi.
Morris was a director emeritus of Iolani Palace and the Bishop Museum, and a founding member of the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace and the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.

The Bishop Museum honored Morris in 2012 for his dedication to Hawaiian heritage by awarding him the Charles Reed Bishop Medal for his leadership, philanthropy and generosity.

Museum President Blair Collis said Morris was an intelligent, passionate individual who was also extremely humble and possessed a great sense of humor.
“He was very approachable … just a likable guy,” Collis said. “That was part of his charm.”

Morris’ brother Charles was married to Helen Lydia Kamaka’eha Lili’uokalani Kawananakoa. When she was dying of cancer, she asked Bill Morris to promise her that the thrones and other symbols of royalty would be returned to Iolani Palace, Morris’ family said.

As a result, a number of items were restored to the palace from the museum.
“It was one of many good deeds,” Collis said.

Morris was also director emeritus of Hawaii Pacific University, where he was honored as a “Fellow of the Pacific,” and worked tirelessly as a fundraiser for them as well as Punahou School, ‘Iolani School, Mid-Pacific Institute, the Community Chest/Aloha United Way and the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.
In an oral history of his early years, Morris talked about spending time with the beachboys in Waikiki and sometimes being asked by Kahanamoku to come down early on a Sunday morning to take movie stars and entertainers surfing or on a canoe ride.

He met Red Skelton, Loretta Young, Tyrone Power, Spencer Tracy and even escorted Shirley Temple out to dinner.

Kahanamoku taught Morris how to swim at the family home in Puuloa at age 5. They remained close friends until Kahanamoku’s death, and Morris wrote the foreword to the book “Duke: A Great Hawaiian.”

Morris, a 1941 graduate of Punahou School, was at the University of Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Having been an ROTC officer at Punahou, he was called to the Hawaii Territorial Guard Armory and later served in the Army.

After the war he worked as an insurance salesman and later went to work at Bishop Trust and retired as senior vice president of real estate in 1991.
Morris started a private real estate development company, Morris Enterprises, developing properties such as Ichiben Times Square Shopping Center in Waimalu and the old Chun Hoon Market.

Morris is survived by daughters Anna Lindon “Linny” Morris, Frances “Posie” Morris Constable and Alison Pauahi Morris Recek; son William Cox “Toby” Morris; and four grandchildren.

A tribute celebration of Morris’ life is scheduled for 3 p.m. March 15 at the Punahou chapel. No floral arrangements. Contributions may be made to the Bishop Museum, Iolani Palace, Punahou School or Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.

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Boyd Andrade Sr.: 1927-2014

Posted On March 4th, 2014 -

HPD officers held highest respect for retired sergeant
By Leila Fujimori

During his 26 years with the Hono­lulu Police Department, Boyd Andrade Sr. never rose above the rank of sergeant, but he commanded incommensurable respect both in and out of uniform.

“I remember him taking off his uniform and taking care of ‘situations,'” said retired Hono­lulu Police Chief Boisse Correa. “When people would challenge him, he would take them on.

“He was very colorful, well respected … never yelled, never got excited, but when he spoke and when he wanted things done, people complied because of his reputation and who he was,” Correa said.

Andrade, a former Hono­lulu Police Commission chairman and former city councilman, died Tuesday at Kaiser Permanente Moana­lua Medical Center of head trauma due to a fall at his Foster Village home, his wife, Arlene Andrade, said. He was 86.

The son of a policeman, Andrade grew up in Kaka­ako, where he was part of a group of “ruffians,” Arlene Andrade said.

After four years in the military, he returned home to his sick mother and to his old friends, and he fell back into his old ways and all kinds of trouble.

“Most of his friends ended up in Halawa,” Arlene Andrade said. “He could have ended up on the other side. He was always so grateful he was given the chance.

“The Honolulu Police Department was his life,” she said. “Everything else took a back seat. He was so proud to have been a policeman.”

When Andrade started to fill out a police job application in 1948, he threw it down when he came to the question of whether he was ever convicted and started to walk out. The person there told him, “Sit down! Don’t you think I know about your record?”

He ended up getting the call to pick up his badge and gun.

Bobby Schmidt, longtime friend and retired police captain, said when he flunked a college semester, he decided to apply for HPD, and Andrade, who was “one of the biggest legends in HPD,” influenced his decision.

Andrade was sergeant in charge of the metro squad that was started to stem a big crime wave at the time, Schmidt said.

He also served with vice and narcotics and was a solo bike officer.

As a former heavyweight boxer in the military, he had an imposing stature and kept fit, Schmidt said.

“He was loved by every policeman,” he said. “They looked up to him like a father image. … He was a policeman’s policeman.”

After retiring on Nov. 30, 1974, he worked as chief of security at the Sheraton Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Schmidt said.

He was appointed to the City Council, serving from 1994 to 1995 to replace Arnold Morgado.

“His deepest wish was to become a police commissioner,” Arlene Andrade said. “From the day he retired, that was his wish.”

Mayor Mufi Hannemann appointed him to the commission in 2005, and he served four years. He was chairman from 2006 to 2007.

Andrade “wanted to help the officers on the beat, not that he was easy on them if they screwed up,” his wife said. “He was very strict on them. He was able to bring a different perspective.

“He made a difference,” she said. “He was so proud to be a part of it.”

Law enforcement runs in the family.

Father Manuel Andrade served three years on the force and was among the officers who discovered the body of Joe Kaha­ha­wai, one of four local men falsely accused of rape during the infamous Massie case of 1932.

Five of Boyd Andrade’s sons have served as Hono­lulu police officers: Boyd Jr., Milton (deceased) and Richard Andrade, and Darrell and Gary Lum Lee.

His eldest son, Baldwin Andrade, is a retired Halawa corrections sergeant.

Richard Andrade said his father was a good man.

“If he saw a $1,000 bill, he’d pick it up and turn it in to evidence,” he said. “I didn’t look at filling his shoes. I had my own shoes to fill.”

As a police officer, he recalled hearing his father, a sergeant, on the police radio, and officers would always address him as “sir,” a title usually reserved for ranking officers.

Many men who worked under his father achieved higher rank, but “all have great respect for this man,” Richard Andrade said.

Boyd Andrade Sr. is also survived by seven other sons; four daughters; 85 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and two former wives.

Services are at 11 a.m. March 11 at Kawaiaha‘o Church. Visitation is at 9 a.m., with burial at 2 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

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EARL MCDANIEL / 1928-2014

Posted On March 28th, 2014 -

Longtime broadcaster created the “Perry and Price” show

by Erika Engle

Earl “The Pearl” McDaniel, the former general manager of KSSK AM-FM who made a name for himself during the formative years of rock ‘n’ roll, died Wednesday night in Arizona at age 85.28-b10-earl-mcdaniel1-mug

McDaniel had cancer surgery two years ago, according to longtime friend Don Barrett, but the cause of his death was not released.

McDaniel prepared an email for his daughter to send to friends upon his death which began, “I died today,” and spelled out his last wishes, including that he be cremated and have no funeral. In the email he thanked friends for their contributions to his life and made it clear he wanted no sad songs sung for him.

McDaniel had a talent for promoting radio stations, rock concerts and, on one occasion, a parade.

He had the idea in 1983 to get KSSK morning radio host J. Akuhead Pupule, or Aku, to tell listeners to come out for a parade April 1. Thousands of people lined up along the usual route from Ala Moana Boulevard into Waikiki. The radio station aired audio from a televised parade with commentary as if it were a live event. There was no parade. It was an April Fools’ Day joke. Bomb threats were among the angry calls made to the radio station that day and for some time thereafter.

McDaniel is credited with creating the “Perry and Price” morning radio team of Michael W. Perry and Larry Price, which succeeded Aku following his death in 1983 and remains Hawaii’s No. 1 radio show today.

He also is credited with the $1 million giveaway to not only retain the late Aku’s listeners, but also to help cement top ratings for his new morning team. Some 4 million entries were received for the contest, though Oahu’s population at the time was about 700,000.

McDaniel will long be remembered for his truisms, which his former staffers still recite.

On marketing, McDaniel would say, “It’s all tinsel and foil, and underneath all that tinsel and foil, there is real tinsel and foil,” said Suzi Mechler, McDaniel’s longtime executive assistant.

McDaniel would tell reluctant advertisers, “Something terrible happens when you don’t promote: nothing.”

“I still use that line today,” Mechler said.

He also had a soft side. When Mechler’s son was born with a potentially lethal heart problem, McDaniel made sure her health insurance premiums were paid even though her three-month maternity leave stretched to eight months. “I would have worked for that man for free,” she said.

In his pre-Hawaii broadcast days, McDaniel worked in Los Angeles in the 1950s and ’60s at big-time stations including KPOP and KFWB when AM radio stations ruled the airwaves and were making the transition from pop music to rock ‘n’ roll.

McDaniel was credited with being the first to play “Heartbreak Hotel” on the radio and was sent to Las Vegas to present Elvis Presley with the gold record onstage. McDaniel “produced and presented live stage shows with the major rock stars of the era. He also had the first record hop/dance show on L.A. television,” according to Barrett.

In a recent email to Mechler, McDaniel wrote, “If I were to have an epitaph, it would be, ‘Earl McDaniel … from 1928 to 2014, he lived.'”

He is survived by two daughters and was preceeded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ellie. In keeping with McDaniel’s wishes, no service is planned.

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Al Chase: 1942-2014

Posted On March 28th, 2014 -

Longtime writer had straightforward style
By Cindy Luis

Retired Honolulu Star-Bulletin sports writer Al Chase was known for his attention to detail, accuracy of statistics and a straightforward style of writing that reflected his New England upbringing. Baseball and soccer were the perfect sports for him to cover, games played between the lines with honor and rules.

Much like a soccer player taking a penalty shot, Chase didn’t hesitate when it came to making a call as the official scorekeeper at University of Hawaii baseball games or when falling in love. Less than a year after he met UH student Lydia “Lee” Hironaga, the two were married in 1968.

They were together until Thursday when Al died at Kaiser Hospital following a long battle with a blood disorder. He would have been 72 next Tuesday.

On Thursday, Lee Chase laughed at the memories of the brief courtship, which was punctuated by Al’s surprise proposal during a rainstorm in the middle of cane field near Honomu on the Hamakua Coast.

“My father loved him from the beginning,” Lee Chase said of the late Chikara Hironaga. “When we came back in and told him we were getting married, he said that Al was a ‘gooda boy.’

“And he was. Just a kind man, a heart of gold, a wonderful husband and father and grandfather. He loved his two grandchildren and tried very hard to hang on. At least they got to know him.”

Chase instilled a love of soccer in his oldest grandchild, Noah, who was a year old at the time of his grandfather’s retirement in 2007.

During his retirement party in the newsroom, Chase said one number stood out: 39. That was the number of years he had been married as well as worked at the Star-Bulletin.

Alan Reed Chase was born April 1, 1942, in Boston and was raised in Mansfield, Mass. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in physical education and a minor in East Asian Studies. While a student, he helped form the UH men’s soccer club team and competed in men’s leagues for a number of years.

Chase also taught and coached soccer at several Oahu high schools, including Kalani and Kailua.

In 2009, he was named the 35th recipient of the Wilbur Snypp Award by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for outstanding contributions to college baseball. Chase, who began covering UH baseball in 1968, introduced the first NCBWA poll in the 1970s and established the criteria the NCAA now uses for the annual active and retired baseball coaches career lists.

He also served as NCBWA vice president and his name is on the Snypp Award plaque at the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas.

In addition to his wife, Chase is survived by daughter Lisha Moffat; son-in-law Gavin; grandchildren Noah and Maya; brother Philip Chase, sister Corinee Tozier, and niece Sarah Chase.

Services are pending.


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Michael Hubbard: 1959-2014

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

‘Duck Man’ toted feathered friend wherever he went
By Leila Fujimori

Michael Hubbard walked around Hono­lulu for 21⁄2 years with a black-and-white pet duck on his shoulder.

The homeless man was a common sight from Waikiki to Hawaii Kai to Kailua, often catching TheBus with his duck inside his backpack, sharing crackers and bread with his feathered companion.

“Some bus drivers were nice about the duck, and others would not allow the duck on,” said his mother, Pat Craft of Lady Lake, Fla.

Police officers would often stop to say, “How you doing, Duck Man? How’s your duck doing?”

Hubbard reportedly fell against a tree March 6, and a nurse witnessing the fall called an ambulance. He was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Center, where he died, a month short of his 55th birthday, his mother said.

“But he didn’t have his little duck,” Craft said.

Born in Dallas, Hubbard moved to Hono­lulu from Florida four years ago with the intention of rejoining the Merchant Marine.

But his plans didn’t pan out and he became homeless, his mother said.

“He was going to do so good,” Craft said. “It just went from good, bad to worse. I sent him money, but he didn’t use his money wisely.”

Hubbard had adopted the duckling after it had been shot in the eye with a BB gun, Craft said. He named it Duke and it went wherever he did.

Hubbard later learned he was a she, renamed her Daisy and put a lei on her.

Once, when a man hit Daisy with a stick, Hubbard threw a rock at him, resulting in his arrest.

“Mike was just defending the duck,” Craft said.

When he went to Circuit Court with his duck in his backpack in April 2013, security screeners stopped him when they saw something moving inside the backpack as it passed through the X-ray machine.

After his initial refusal, Hubbard reluctantly opened the backpack, and screeners found the duck and a bottle of beer inside, a Department of Public Safety spokes­woman said.

“They handcuffed him and put him against the wall,” Craft said.

So he asked the screeners if they would look after Daisy and his belongings while he went inside. They agreed, and he went to his appointment while the duck waited outside.

The disposition of the court case is unclear.

Hubbard was known to panhandle with Daisy, and the duck always drew the curious.

“People would go crazy over that duck, and people would give him donations,” Craft said.

The cause of death is pending, Craft said, but police and the medical examiner told her there was no apparent foul play.

Craft said her son was in and out of the hospital due to heart problems and had triple-bypass surgery at 42.

She spoke to him the day he died, and he had taken painkillers after having three teeth extracted.

Craft will follow her son’s wishes and have his ashes scattered near the Hono­lulu Harbor dock for American Shipping Line, a company he had worked for, she said.

Daisy’s whereabouts remain a mystery.

“He loved that duck so dearly,” Craft said.


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Sharie Shima: 1961-2014

Posted On March 10th, 2014 -

TV broadcaster had ‘huge amount of popularity’
By Erika Engle

Family, friends and legions of fans are mourning the death l11-b1-shima-CUTOUTate last week of longtime local television weather forecaster Sharie Shima. She was 52.

The weekday weather anchorwoman was the first woman in Hawaii to earn a certificate in broadcast meteorology in 1997 while at KITV, where she worked for eight years before joining KHNL-TV in 2001.

Shima would be recognized and greeted by members of the public more than other TV news personalities in the field, said Ed Matthews, a news photographer who worked with her at KHNL. She was “very approachable,” he said.

In 2005 she was named co-anchor alongside Howard Dashef­sky for the weekday 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, in addition to her weather duties for KHNL and sister station KFVE.

At the time, Vice President and General Manager John Fink described her as “someone the audience relates to and (who) has a huge amount of popularity in the marketplace, is very bright and very well versed on the things that are going on in Hawaii.”

She would continue to serve as weekday co-anchor at 6 and 10 p.m., and as weather anchor on four newscasts on KHNL and KFVE for close to a year, yeoman’s duty repeated by no other news personality of the time. She was able to return to solely focusing on weather responsibilities in 2006.

During her years at KHNL, Shima also co-hosted “Sam Choy’s Kitchen.”

Shima had won numerous awards for broadcast excellence, including regional Emmy awards.

Hawaii News Now on Monday attributed her death to a “long illness.” A family spokes­woman said no details would be released about the circumstances of her death, in keeping with her last wishes.

Shima’s employment as a local weather anchor ended in 2009, the year her mother died, when television stations KHNL, KFVE and KGMB were consolidated under a shared services agreement.

“I’ll never forget, it was my birthday, August 31st. I was called upstairs to the general managers’ office, and he said, ‘You know, you’re going to be laid off,'” Shima said, in a faith-based video uploaded to YouTube in 2010.

She was shown packing up belongings and expressed fear about moving to Cali­for­nia, not knowing where she was going to live.

“If God doesn’t speak to you, if he doesn’t tell you, what do you do? You have to trust in the unknown,” she said. “It’s such a cliche sometimes, in Christianity, but this is it. This is the time.”

Matthews, who worked alongside Shima from 2007 to 2009, said in an online post that in 2010 she told him she had undergone “lifesaving” surgery.

Angela Keen, a former TV news colleague, described Shima as “the consummate professional. She knew weather, and she was always in your corner. She was never competition; she was always there alongside you.”

“There was nothing like what Sharie brought to the TV audience. She was a real human being with local ties, a very smooth local demeanor, but you just thoroughly enjoyed” watching her on the air, said former colleague Duncan Armstrong, now an audiovisual director for University of Hawaii Athletics.

She was a 1979 graduate of Castle High School in Kaneohe, according to Sandra Ordonez Tsu­ji­mura, who identified Shima as her classmate. “God bless her and her family,” she said in her Facebook post.

Shima is survived by her stepfather, two sisters and two brothers.

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Christine Mamie Alana Abafo

Posted On March 19th, 2014 -

March 10, 2014
Christine Mamie Alana Abafo, 80, of Honolulu, a homemaker, died in Ewa Beach. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by son Valentino; daughters Hannah Francis, Phyllis Gersaba and Louise Ratleff-Richardson; sister Hannah Dayton; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Visitation: 4 p.m. March 27 at Oahu Mortuary and Crematory. Services: 5 p.m. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences:

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Irene Abalos

Posted On March 10th, 2014 -

Feb. 13, 2014
Irene “Nana” Abalos, 89, of Mountain View, Hawaii, a homemaker, died in Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Honokaa,Hawaii. She is survived by husband Gilbert; daughters Linda and Cindy Andrade, and JudithArruda; brother Eugene Tavares; sister Marie Benevides; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Visitation:4 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo. Celebration of life:5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Sandra Hiroko Abe

Posted On March 22nd, 2014 -

March 4, 2014
Sandra Hiroko Abe, 64, of Kaneohe, a retired city examination branch chief, died in Hospice Hawaii Kailua House. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Wallace K., daughters Christine A. Coulter and Jennifer Y. Abe, brothers Jerry and Dennis Taira, sister Joyce Kamai and three grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Services: 6 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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Sandra Kehaulani Maio Acedillo

Posted On March 31st, 2014 -

March 24, 2014
Sandra Kehaulani Maio Acedillo, 71, of Waianae, a U.S. government fry cook, died at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons James Maio and Harry Acedillo Jr., daughter Quonelle Opunui, brothers Earl and Conrad, sister Yvonne Viernes, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: 5 p.m. Thursday at Paradise Chapel, Waianae. Services: 7 p.m. Burial: 11 a.m. Friday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire. Online condolences:

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Rafael P. Acoba

Posted On March 26th, 2014 -

March 19, 2014
Rafael P. Acoba, 93, of Kahului, a retired Maui Police Department lieutenant and founder of Acoba Realty, died in Hale Makua Kahului. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Janis, son Glenn and two grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Sunday at Maui Evangelical Church, 256 Hina Ave., Kahului. Services: 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 8 a.m. Monday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Services: 9 a.m. Burial: 10:30 a.m. at Maui Memorial Park Cemetery, Wailuku. Online condolences:

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Eldred Leonard Adams

Posted On March 8th, 2014 -

Feb. 7, 2014
Eldred Leonard “L.D.” Adams, 75, of Honolulu, chief executive officer of No Hassle Executive Transportation, died in Puuwai o Makaha. He was born in Detroit. He is survived by son Oliver Adams-Hadeen. Private services.

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Fouvale Aetonu

Posted On March 9th, 2014 -

Feb. 19, 2014
Fouvale Aetonu, 69, of Honolulu, a mechanic manager for KVZK TV Studio in American Samoa, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. He was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa. He is survived by wife Seletuta; sons Silialaei V.A. Fairholt, Seumanutafa F.J. Aetonu, and Faumuina O.A., Setu T. and Robbie Lepou; daughters Michelle and Susana Lepou; nine brothers; seven sisters; and 10 grandchildren. Visitation: 1 p.m. Friday at Moanalua Mortuary. Services: 1:30 p.m. Additional services will be held in Pago Pago.

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Posted On March 5th, 2014 -

LEONOR ONOR ABAD AGACID Age 77, of Waipahu, HI, passed away February 4, 2014 in Kapolei. Born May 8, 1936 in Barangay 25, Tamdagan, Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Member of Vintar Ohana International. She is survived by husband, Jesus Manuel B. Agacid; daughters, Guillerma “Gilma” (Rudy) Respicio, Chaly (Mario) Lapurga, Divina (Jimmy) Agbayani; son, Ferdinand “Nanding” (Marina) Agacid; 7 grandchildren; brother: Alberto (Cleotilde) Abad of Delano, CA. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Monday (March 10) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 7 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 11) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 10 a.m. Burial 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

Leonor Abad Agacid

Posted On March 6th, 2014 -

Feb. 4, 2014
Leonor Abad “Onor” Agacid, 77, of Waipahu died in Kapolei. She was born in Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She is survived by husband Jesus M.B.; son Ferdinand “Nanding”; daughters Guillerma “Gilma” Respicio, Chaly Lapurga and Divina Agbayani; brother Alberto Abad; and seven grandchildren. Visitation: 6 p.m. Monday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Services: 7 p.m. Additional visitation: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.

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Jose Zaragosa Aguinaldo

Posted On March 16th, 2014 -

March 2, 2014
Jose Zaragosa “Cinto” Aguinaldo, 66, of Kahului, a retired Pioneer Mill mechanic, died in Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is survived by wife Elena; son Joel; daughters Janett Kahaulelio, Mary Jane Aguinaldo and Josie Alejandro; brothers Pitong, Damios and Alejandro Jr.; sister Mely Cabansag; eight grandchildren; and a hanai grandchild. Visitation: 6 p.m. Friday at Borthwick Norman’s Mortuary. Services: 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation: 9 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Services: 11:30 a.m. Burial: 12:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Park, Garden of Meditation. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries. com.

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Gabby Balintona Agustin

Posted On March 14th, 2014 -

March 2, 2014
Gabby Balintona Agustin, 19, of Honolulu died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents Gabriel “Bebot” and Geraldine, brothers Gerald and Ger-riel, sister Ger-mayne and grandparents Dolores Agustin and Presentacion Balintona. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Family services: 10:30 a.m. Mass: 10:45 a.m. Burial: noon at Valley of the Temples.

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Joy A. Ahn

Posted On March 15th, 2014 -

Nov. 29, 2012
Joy A. Ahn, 74, died in the Queen’s Medical Center. No known survivors. No services.

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Richard Yongduk Ahn

Posted On March 19th, 2014 -

March 5, 2014
Richard Yongduk “Dickie” Ahn, 85, of Waianae, a United Airlines mechanic and an Air Force veteran, died in Waianae. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Victoria; sons Henry “Tookie,” Francis and Eric; daughter Darcel “Mowane” Parsons; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Valley of the Temples. Services: 11:30 a.m. Private scattering of ashes. Online condolences:

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Hideo Ajifu

Posted On March 18th, 2014 -

Feb. 27, 2014
Hideo “Hank” Ajifu, 78, of Honolulu, a retired mason and a Marine Corps veteran, died in Kuakini Medical Center. He was born in Lahaina. He is survived by brother Roy and sisters Janice Ajifu, Kathleen Tanaka and Karen Oshiro. Private services.

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Satomi Yamate Akama

Posted On March 6th, 2014 -

Nov. 6, 2013
Satomi Yamate Akama, 96, of Irvine, Calif., formerly of Lihue, died in Newport Beach, Calif. She was born in Hanalei, Kauai. She is survived by son Roland and daughters Sharon Nakasone, Barbara Shimazu and Beverley Wakumoto. Services: 11 a.m. March 15 at Lihue Christian Church. Graveside services to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual attire.

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Dolly Meu Chun Aki

Posted On March 20th, 2014 -

March 9, 2014
Dolly Meu Chun Aki, 93, of St. George, Utah, a retired city Department of Parks and Recreation park keeper, died in St. George. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Joseph, Ronald and Donald Yu; daughter Renee Coburn; sisters Sinna Marcotte, Lily Duarte, Clara Brown and Marian Young; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Visitation: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Burial: 11 a.m. at the cemetery. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences:

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Posted On March 29th, 2014 -

3-29 PAUL KALEI AKIONAPAUL KALEI AKIONA July 21, 1938 – March 20, 2014 Paul Kalei Akiona passed away at Kaiser Medical Center, Vallejo, CA on Thursday March 20, after a long illness. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and was the second youngest of eleven siblings. He leaves to cherish his memory; his sisters, Josephine K. DeLaura-Crow and Shirley P. Hering of Vallejo, CA., Ramona Teves, Dorothy Kekuewa, Veronica Samera, Lorna Terry, of Honolulu, HI, and Lorraine Kaniho of Kamulea, HI., numerous nephews and nieces throughout Hawaii & the mainland. Paul is preceded in death by his parents Peter K. Akiona, Sr. and Julia Pamaiaulu Akiona, brothers Peter K. Akiona, Roland K. Akiona, and Robert K. Akiona. Paul served in the US Air Force and was honorably discharged. He retired from the Naval Aviation Depot, Alameda, CA as a supervisor in 1993, after a long and distinguished career. He was truly loved by his ‘Ohana and many friends, and will be dearly missed. During Paul’s time on earth he was friends to all and touched every person he encountered with his generosity to his ohana and friends. Although Paul lived in California for most of his youth and all of his adult life, his true love was his birthplace of Hawai’i Nei. Viewing will be at Colonial Chapel, Vallejo, California, Saturday March 29 and Sunday March 30, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Services will be held on Monday March 31, 2014 at 11:30 am, cremation to follow at Tulocay Cemetery, Napa, CA. Inurnment to be held July 26th, Oahu, Hawaii. Arrangements under the direction of Colonial Chapels, Vallejo, CA.

Mark Makoto Akita

Posted On March 11th, 2014 -

Feb. 4, 2014
Mark Makoto Akita, 82, of Honolulu, a musician and an Air Force veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brother George and sister Nobuko “Mary” Seriguchi. Private services.

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Richard Hiroshi Akiyama

Posted On March 15th, 2014 -

3-15 609218 Richard AkiyamaIN MEMORIAM RICHARD HIROSHI AKIYAMA July 7, 1927 – March 15, 2013 A passionate and devoted educator. A brilliant and generous man. In Loving Memory


Posted On March 23rd, 2014 -

3-23 WILLIAM H. ALAMEIDAWILLIAM H. ALAMEIDA Peacefully died on March 7 at Straub Hospital with family at his side. He was born on April 7, 1926 in Honolulu. After graduating from high school in Honolulu, he was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in World War II. Bill loved the military and made a career in the Armed Services, where he and his family traveled the world. After 21 years, he retired from the U.S. Air Force and furthered his career In the private sector. He was a true “people person”; his vibrant, gentle personality shined through in all of his endeavors. He devoted his life to family, his greatest enjoyment, always putting them first. We will forever miss Bill’s good nature, warm smile and handshake, wonderful wit and unconditional love for those he cared for most. He touched the lives of many with his easy going, caring and unselfish ways. Bill is survived by his loving wife Lorraine of 67 years, and their three children: Darlene Strickland, Pamela Princenthal, and Will Alameida, Jr., their predeceased daughter, Roslyn Van Zyle. Also survived by three grand children; Joshua Strickland, Dustin Salcido and Lindsey Princenthal, great- grand-daughter; Alia Rose, son in law’s; Daniel Van Zyle and Jason Princenthal. Services on Saturday, March 29, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hawaii Kai. Visitation at 10:30AM, Mass at 11:00AM. Aloha Attire.

William Herman Alameida

Posted On March 25th, 2014 -

March 7, 2014
William Herman Alameida, 87, of Honolulu, a retired Air Force technical sergeant, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Lorraine, son William “Will” Jr., daughters Darlene Strickland and Pamela Princenthal, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Graveside services: 12:45 p.m. Monday at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

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William Herman Alameida

Posted On March 29th, 2014 -

March 7, 2014
William Herman Alameida, 87, of Honolulu, a retired Air Force technical sergeant, died in Straub Clinic & Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Lorraine, son William “Will” Jr., daughters Darlene Strickland and Pamela Princenthal, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Mass: 11 a.m. Graveside services for Monday at Diamond Head Memorial Park have been canceled. Burial to be announced at a later date. Aloha attire. Updated service information for an obituary published Tuesday.

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- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran