Cobey BlackCOBEY BLACK Cobey Black died on March 27 at the age of 91. She lived a full, happy, adventurous and productive life to her last day. She was a well-known columnist for the Honolulu Star- Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser from 1954-1982, owner of the Mandalay boutique at the Kahala Hilton from 1979-1986 and the publicist for CBS - Hawaii Five-O in l978. She wrote over a thousand newspaper interviews of visitors to Hawaii that included Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, Joe DiMaggio, the Dalai Lama, Margaret Mead, Lawrence Rockefeller, Marlene Dietrich, Marlon Brando, Buckminster Fuller, Alfred Hitchcock, Spencer Tracy, Truman Capote, Glenn Ford, Bill Cosby, Nat King Cole, Lucille Ball and Susan Sontag, as well as local celebrities Duke Kahanamoku, Don Ho and Henry J. Kaiser. She was the recipient of the Honolulu Press Club Award in1957, YMCA Leadership Award in 1978 and the Communication Arts Award of Excellence in 1984. And she did all this while raising six children. After taking graduate courses at the University of Hawaii, she co-authored two books on Hawaiians: "Princess Pauahi Bishop and her legacy" with Kathleen Dickensen Mellen in 1962 and "Iolani Luahine" with Francis Haar in 1986. She also wrote an authoritative book on the 1932 Massie case, entitled "Hawaii Scandal", published when she was 79. (Margaret Beall) Cobey was born on June 15, 1922, in Washington D.C. and attended school at Sidwell Friends and Wellesley College in Massachusetts. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue playwriting and acting before joining a USO troupe on a tour in Europe during the war. In 1945, she married army officer Edwin Fahey Black in Germany. She later became women's editor for the Washington Daily News from 1947-50, before moving to Hawaii with her husband and children. An active member of the community, Cobey served as a board member of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, the Hawaii Committee for Foreign Relations, the Hawaii International Film Festival, and was president of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women from 1978-86. She was also a member of the National Press Club, the Colonial Dames, Royal Bangkok Sports Club, Outrigger Canoe Club, Waialae Country Club, and the Garden Club of Honolulu. Known for her hospitality and warm aloha, Cobey entertained many friends at her homes in Kahala and Diamond Head. Her door was always open and she enjoyed the company of neighborhood children as much as celebrity guests. She left us with a wink and a smile, and as she said to her grandchildren when saying goodbye, ".a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neckxoxo." She is survived by her sister Betty Cobey Sensescu; daughters, Star and Noel (Ackerman); sons Nicholas, Brian and Bruce Black; six grandchildren, Cameron Black, Cobey Ackerman, Taylor and Michael Black, Pualani Black, Emily Black and her great-grandson, Haku Ackerman-Hose. Her son Christopher Black passed away in 2011 and her grandson, Dodge Ackerman, in 2003. Services will be held on Friday, April 18th at the Diamond Head Mortuary Chapel. Visitation: 3:00 p.m. Services: 4:00 p.m. Aloha attire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Honolulu Academy of Arts, The Bishop Museum and The Polynesian Voyaging Society.
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