Obituaries for Oct. 30, 2016

Michael Mead Dyer

Michael Mead Dyer, of Princeville, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at the age of 75. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Michael earned degrees in Geology and Ocean Engineering before spending two years as Peace Corps Volunteer Leader for rural development in Sierra Leone, Africa. He then served as Training Director for the Peace Corps’ Lesotho program at the UCSD before coming to Kauai with his wife Charlene as project engineer to oversee the repurposing of land use as the C. Brewer Kilauea Sugar Company closed down.

When a state moratorium stalled the Kilauea project, Michael and Charlene spent weeks driving all the cane haul roads on the plantation and hiking the river beds of each Ahupua’a from the base of the rain forest to the ocean in order to better understand the geology and the lay of the land. At the same time, Michael earned a real estate broker’s license in order to properly manage the plantation’s 10,000 acres. He and his wife were an integral part of the team along with Jack Bennington and Larry Wharton that pushed to develop parcels in Kilauea Town so that workers could buy affordable lots and build their own homes in the new community when the plantation closed and the camp housing was torn down.

In addition to real estate management, sales, and development Michael and Charlene also helped to develop a tropical agriculture farm in Kilauea, which they ran successfully with on-site partners for 24 years. Michael purchased and kept the old irrigation ditch system running through Kilauea town for two decades in hopes of preserving agricultural water resources for future farming use.

Michael was involved with scores of community projects. He served on the Ethics Committee for the Kauai Board of Realtors and became a mentor to many a budding real estate student. He was a charter member of the Hanalei Bay Rotary Club. He taught the geology segment of the Docent Program at Kilauea Lighthouse for two years. He enjoyed time with his family, surfing, fishing hiking, kayaking, playing basketball, gardening, reading and watching sports.

Michael was preceded in death by his brother, Christopher Dyer and his nephew, Kevin Maxwell Crocker. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Charlene Gilliss Dyer, his son, Gilliss McNaughton Dyer and daughter-in-law, Sarah Katrina Nordquist of Austin, Texas; his sister, Kathleen Patti Snow of Nashville TN; sister-in-laws, Donna Crocker and Phyllis Dyer; brother-in-laws, Julian Doss Crocker and Michael Snow; nieces Kelly Crocker Bunje, Celeste Snow Shepherd, Kate Farwell, Karen Crocker Snell, Janin Otwell, Allison Crocker and Stephanie Dyer; nephews Stirling Snow, Kameron Crocker, Samuel Dyer, Garvin Thomas Snell, Ian Bunje and Bradford Farwell, along with six grandnieces and seven grand- nephews.

A family service was held at the Dyers’ Waterfall Farm property on Saturday, Oct. 8. A small reception will be held at their home on Sunday, Nov. 6, as a Celebration of Life with help from Hanalei Bay Rotary Club. The Rotary Club has organized and seen to fruition, dozens of local community outreach programs in which Michael participated, including the Rescue Tube program and Grow Our Own Teachers program (GOOT). Their latest project is to fund placement of defibrillators in easily accessible spots across the island. To help to make such projects that were important to Michael and this community possible, donations may be made to Hanalei Bay Rotary Club, with a notation, “Michael Dyer Fund.” The address is: PO Box 1495, Hanalei, HI 96714.

“…His purpose in life was to make the world around him a better place, uplifting the people he dealt with whenever possible and treating everyone with the respect and dignity that they deserved as human beings.” — Gilliss Dyer

Michael’s family will gather to spread his ashes in the Gulf in front of the family fishing cottage in North Manasota Key, Florida, this winter.

The family appreciates the sensitivity of Detective Ray Takekawa and the efficiency of Roberta Simpkins of Kauai Memorial Gardens.

Mahalo nui loa to our dear friend, Jeff Goodman, for loving support.

Kazuma ‘Monty’ Nishiie

Kazuma “Monty” Nishiie of Kilauea passed away at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Oct. 6, 2016, at the age of 101. He was born in Kilauea on July 25, 1915, the eldest of 10 siblings, a WWII veteran of the United States Army, 100th Infantry Batalion/442 Regiment and retired from Wilcox Memorial Hospital as a maintenance plumber.

He was preceded in death by his son, Carl Nishiie; parents, Kuhei Nishiie and Asa Shinohara Nishiie; brothers, Kenjie, Masashi, Masayoshi and Edward Nishiie; sisters, Nora Yamamoto, Aileen Shimomura, Fukie Nishiie and brother-in-law Charles Bunji Shimomura.

He is survived by his wife, Celia L. Nishiie of Kilauea; five children, Roy Nishiie of Kapaa, Cherry Ruth Nishiie of Saudi Arabia, David John Nishiie of Kilauea, Elizabeth Raquel Nishiie of Kilauea, Rebecca Sarah Nishiie of Kilauea; 3 grandchildren, Yhurie Anthony Nishiie, Criz Sean Nishiie and Cristal Shyanne Nishiie all of the Philippines; sisters, Chizue Kimura of Honolulu, Alice Nishiie of California; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Mae Nishiie of California, Helen Nishiie of Honolulu, Yonsoon Nishiie of Honolulu, Myra Nishiie of Kilauea; and brother-in-law, Jonah Yamamoto of Lawai.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at St. Sylvester Church in Kilauea with viewing from 8 to 10 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Veteran Cemetery in Hanapepe. Flowers are welcome and condolence cards can be sent to P.O. Box 122, Kilauea, HI 96754.

Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Nishiie family with arrangements.

Melicio ‘Bobo’ ‘Mel’ Nacapoy Domingcil Jr.

Melicio “Bobo” “Mel” Nacapoy Domingcil Jr. of Kapaa passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 24, 2016, at the age of 58. He was born on Jan. 25, 1958, in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii and was a meat cutter with Princeville Foodland.

He was preceded in death by his father, Melicio Nacapoy Domingcil Sr.

Mel is survived by his wife, Michelle Domingcil of Kapaa; five children, Heather (Jeff) Willard of New Mexico, Danielle (Bryston) Manintin of Tennessee, Kara Domingcil of Kalaheo, Matthew (Gelly Constantino) Domingcil of Puhi, Micah Domingcil of Kapaa; mother, Marlene Domingcil of Kaumakani; seven grandchildren; brothers, Myles (Eve) Domingcil of Eleele, Mark (Teri) Domingcil of Hanapepe; numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at Kauai Veterans Center in Lihue with visitation from 9 a.m. and services celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be held at 1:15 p.m. at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

The family graciously declines flowers.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Domingcil family with arrangements.

Gregory Neal Osborn

Gregory Neal Osborn died Sept. 22, 2016, at Mt. Coolum, Australia, at the age of 66. He was born on Aug. 25, 1950 in Denver, Colo.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Thelma Osborn; sister Carol and brother Dale.

He is survived by his brother, Gary; sister-in-law, Marge, 13 nieces and nephews and numerous grandnieces and grand-nephews (at least 42 at last count) as well as many loving friends and his long time companion Miriam Corneli.

Greg was an artist, a traveler, an adventurer, an avant-gardener, a lover of sunsets, and a poet. He could make a greenhouse bloom in the Santa Fe desert and had many a beautiful gardens that he created in Seattle, Portland, and the North Shore of Kauai. He studied solar design and mud construction, but in his 60’s took up a new career as an English teacher. He traveled in Nepal, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Singapore before going to Australia.

He left a body of poetry, songs, and art.

There will be a memorial held for him at a later date in New Mexico.

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