Abel Medeiros of Po’ipu, a member of the state House of Representatives at the first state Legislature, died in April at the age of 85. He was also a member of the Kaua’i County Council.
Glenn Alan Gaspar of Hanapepe died in early June, at the age of 43, after serving as a volunteer coach for the Hanapepe Pop Warner Association for 20 years.
Richard Masao Doi of Hanapepe died in June. He was a teacher, coach, senior counselor and athletic director at Waimea High School, where he taught for 35 years.
George V. Kalisik, a planner for the County of Kaua’i Planning Department, died in September.
Glenn Morrison Lovejoy, manager of the Kauai Surf Hotel (now the Kaua’i Marriott Resort & Beach Club) for 30 years, and a vice president of Interisland Resorts, died in August. He also opened and managed the Koloa and Kapaa Fish and Chowder Houses in the 1990s (one in Old Koloa Town and the other now The Shack).
Relatives Donald Kanahele Jr. and Jason Kanahele died in an auto accident in ‘Ele’ele in November. They were beloved and respected members of the island’s Ni’ihau community.
Olaf Elia Thronas, president and owner of O. Thronas and Kauai Aggregates, passed away just after Thanksgiving.
Another of the musical Apana sisters, Shirlet Pualani Apana-Miike, died last month, and another prominent Native Hawaiian, John Wallis “Ka’a’a” Bandmann Sr., of Lawa’i, in the middle of last month.
Michael Noboru Nii of Lihu’e, an attorney and perdiem judge, died at home in mid December.
Barbara Ann Jarvis, a fine and performing artist, tai chi instructor and active member of the Kauai Society of Artists, died in late November.
Robert German, owner and principal broker of Aloha Island Properties, died in mid December.
Jacqueline Jung, 60, a well-known community volunteer, died in New York City last month.
Carol Kazuko Morimoto, 46, former vice principal of both King Kaumuali’i Elementary (Hanama’ulu) and Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle schools (Puhi), died at home just before Christmas.