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Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor is buried I

NGLEWOOD, Calif. — More than 76 years after he was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Navy sailor has been laid to rest in Southern California.

Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class George Harvey Gibson was buried with full military honors Saturday at Inglewood Park Cemetery near Los Angeles.

The Kansas native was assigned to the USS Oklahoma when the ship was attacked in Hawaii by Japanese aircraft on December 7, 1941. The 20-year-old was among 429 crewmen killed but his body was classified as non-recoverable.

The U.S. Defense POW/ MIA Accounting Agency announced in February that Gibson’s body had been finally accounted for thanks to advances in DNA testing.


Kauai man gets life in prison for killing

LIHUE — A 21-year-old Hawaii man has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the 2016 killing of a Kauai man.

Koma Kekoa Texeira was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Jon Togioka following a two-week trial in March.

Texeira, who was convicted of previous felonies, also was found guilty of use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony and prohibited possession of a firearm.

Texeira, of Waimea, shot Togioka in a deserted area near Burns Field in Hanapepe on Halloween night in 2016, prosecutors said. Togioka’s body was found on the shore near the Port Allen Airport.

Texeira was arrested a few days after the shooting.

“Throughout this entire process our thoughts have remained with the family and friends of Jon Togioka,” prosecutor Justin F. Kollar said. “We cannot bring Jon back, but we can ensure justice for his ohana (family).”


First quilt museum in Hawaii opens

KAILUA-KONA — The only Hawaiian quilt museum in the state is officially open for business.

West Hawaii Today reports the Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum and Gallery opened July 14, two years after museum founder Karen Barry started with the concept in 2016.

The museum displays nearly 60 Hawaiian quilts, some more than 100 years old. There are also pieces available for sale.

Barry promises an ever-changing exhibit as well as a home for traveling quilt shows, popular on the Mainland.

The museum also offers family-friendly activities and scavenger hunts.

The museum will offer an outreach program with schools, teaching the art and historical significance of Hawaiian quilting. Volunteers are needed to teach these programs, as well as staff the museum.