Iris Lillian (Cowie) Hallaran
IRIS LILLIAN (COWIE) HALLARAN November 28, 1915 - November 2, 2015 Our wonderful and daring Iris is off on another new adventure! After a brief illness, Iris departed this life on November 2, 2015 from Arcadia, California. Iris instinctively considered herself a resident of Hawaii, and subsequently a citizen of the world. Iris was born in New Zealand and raised in Tahiti, California, and Utah. She travelled the world throughout her life and loved to share stories about her adventures and her travels. From riding elephants, camels, and ostrich's, to visiting the North and South Poles, riding dog sleds, sleeping in wild Africa with lions outside her tent, and performing in the Grand Canyon and dancing ballet in San Francisco - Iris was always eager to see and do new things. Iris arrived in Honolulu in 1948 and soon met and married her one true love - Pat Hallaran. Together they built and ran the successful restaurant and cottages known as Pat's at Punalu'u. Iris and Pat loved the restaurant, loved the guests, and loved the Hawaiian lifestyle. One of her favorite memories was that of walking out her front door and going for a swim with her neighbors and her German shepherd in the warm waters and tranquil bay. When Pat passed away in 1969, Iris became an adventure traveler - something they had always planned to do as a couple when they retired. Iris was an active member of SCORE in Honolulu, and participated in many charitable organizations throughout her life in Hawaii. Her love of Hawaii never wavered. Iris will be missed, but will never be forgotten. She was a remarkable woman who embraced the Aloha spirit. Thank you to her many friends in Honolulu for your friendship and for those who helped her along the way. A private memorial service will be held for Iris in Hawaii later this month.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased