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The Friends of Hanauma Bay is dedicated to the conservation of coastal and marine environments, emphasizing stewardship of the natural resources of Hanauma Bay. If you love Hanauma Bay, join us in our efforts to preserve the Bay for future generations.

21 September 2011 ~ Comments Off on Robert “Bob” Gee

Robert “Bob” Gee

Bob GeeBob passed away on Sept. 21, 2011.

Born in the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park, PA, he had a 21 year career as a naval officer with combat service in the Korean War, and also spent several years based in Hawaii where he met and married his wife.

After retirement from the Navy in 1963, he returned to the world of academia.

After earning his Masters of Business Administration degree, he worked in the College of Business as an Undergraduate Advisor in the Dean’s Office and as an Accounting instructor.

Bob was a faithful Wednesday morning HBEP volunteer for 20 years, a milestone which speaks to his great love of and service to the Bay.

Bob was also a great cook and baker, fulfilling requests for his most popular dishes, in addition to bread and Stollen, a German Christmas bread.

He always made sure to bring baked goodies for HBEP staff and fellow volunteers.

He also volunteered teaching “Fishy Facts” to visiting kindergarten classes at Sea Life Park for 15 years.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Robbie, daughter Katherine Fujimori (Randy) of Moloka’i, and two granddaughters, Puakaliloa Fujimori and Kaha’owai’olu Fujimori both currently in college and residing in Las Vegas, NV.

08 September 2011 ~ Comments Off on Wayne Huffman

Wayne Huffman

Wayne HuffmanWayne passed away on September 8th, 2011.

Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Wayne was an AT&T telephone technician.

Wayne was also an Army veteran.

Wayne reached a 10 year milestone this year with his volunteer tenure at the Bay.

A faithful volunteer, last year Wayne returned after taking some time off and recruited his sister Sheryl to volunteer. They became a volunteer tag-team at the visitor center and beach desk.

He is survived by brothers Mark and Alan Lee, and sister Sheryl.

23 July 2011 ~ Comments Off on Ken Chang

Ken Chang

Ken-ChangKen passed away on July 23rd, 2011.

Ken volunteered weekly on Thursday mornings with his wife Beth since 2008, and snorkeled regularly in the Bay right up until the end of 2010.

Ken always had an upbeat personality and was never one to be shy.

Everyone looked forward to seeing him on Thursdays, and hearing about his latest wacky encounter with a visitor he may have had that morning.

He enjoyed photography, fishing and being outdoors, so it’s no wonder he and Beth chose to be volunteers at Hanauma Bay.

A financial planner, Ken was born in Sacramento, California.

Ken will be sorely missed by all of us who had the privilege to know him, work with him, and to call him a friend.

He is survived by wife Elizabeth, daughters Meredith Schiffer and Colbey Harris, brother Philip, sister Patricia Osaki and four grandchildren.

09 May 2011 ~ Comments Off on Peter Rappa

Peter Rappa

PeterRappaPeter passed away May 9th, 2011. Born in Newburgh, N.Y., he spent the better part of his adult life as an activist for environmental issues.

Since joining Sea Grant in 1979, his life’s work was dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the environment, especially Hanauma Bay. Peter worked tirelessly to see the Education Center built and was the HBEP Program Leader for a number of years.

He retired as a Coastal Community Extension Agent for UH Sea Grant at the end of 2010. Even after retirement, he continued to help organize Hanauma Bay Clean Ups for the Friends of Hanauma Bay.

He helped organize the first statewide Earth Day celebration in Hawai‘i that remains an annual event. Working with many other environmental groups and causes, he was well recognized for his contributions by organizations and his peers.

The Conservation Council of Hawai‘i presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and last year the Department of Urban and Regional Planning named him “Planner of Year.” He also received the Chair’s Special Award for his work with the National Sea Grant organization.
A memorial service was held in Peter’s honor here at Hanauma Bay on June 28th and his ashes were scattered in the Bay. Through generous donations from the FOHB, friends and colleagues, a bench in his memory now resides down at the beach, alongside a bench dedicated to his friend and fellow bay supporter Harvey Shapiro.

He was passionate and dedicated to the Bay, and at the same time a loving husband and father who will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. He is survived by wife Myrtle Ching-Rappa, daughter Adriana, stepson Jason Ching, hanai son Blaison Hazard, parents Peter and Adriana, brother Victor, sister Mary J. Mumford and two grandchildren.

17 December 2010 ~ Comments Off on Betty Heins

Betty Heins

Betty Heins

Hanauma Bay Park Ranger Betty Heins, passed away on December 17, 2010.

She was born in the Bronx, N.Y.

Betty had been a Park Ranger/Attendant at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve for close to nine years.

Betty was a champion of the Bay and well loved by park visitors and staff.

Being at the Bay let her enjoy what she loved best about her job…the beautiful view and friendly faces.

Bay staff and friends held a gathering potluck in her honor at the Bay on January 25th.

Through generous donations from friends and colleagues, a memorial bench was erected in her honor down at the beach.

She is survived by son Joseph Amendolare, daughter Anne Marie Tulabot, former husband Patrick Amendolare, sisters Anne Marie Heins and Barbara Ortiz, and two grand-daughters who she loved dearly.