Michael Ralph Ben, 70

Michael Ralph Ben, 70, of Hilo, died Jan. 5, 2020 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. He was born June 9, 1949, in Waipahu, Oahu.

Visitation will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo; memorial service at 5 p.m. Casual attire.

Michael was a retired Director for the County of Hawaii Department of Human Resources, certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), past SHRM Council Director, past President of the Hawaii Chapter, part-time arbitrator for the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, founding board member of the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, past race director for the BIIF high school canoe paddling program, official for the MOKU O Hawaii Paddling Association, and creator of the Hawaii Island Outrigger Paddling Facebook account.

He is survived by wife Betty Ben of Hilo; brothers, Gerald (Renee Fukumoto-Ben) Ben of Kailua-Kona, Robert (Cynthia) Ben of Oahu; sister, Cheryl (Charles Brady) Ben-Brady of Kauai; nieces and nephews.