October 24, 2022
Aloha KNA Board Members and Kīlauea Community,
It is with profound sadness that we share the news that Ron passed away peacefully on October 23. Ron received an unexpected cancer diagnosis in July which unfortunately was discovered too late for any effective treatment.
When Ron moved to Kauaʻi ten years ago, he fell in love with Kīlauea. We had lived in other cities previously, but it was in Kīlauea that Ron felt a strong sense of place and belonging. He found his home. He found people that touched his heart.
Ron dedicated his time here to helping his adopted community. He donated his architectural services to island non-profits, and he was a dedicated volunteer at the North Shore Food Pantry.
But most of all, he was so proud to work alongside all of you as steadfast stewards of Kīlauea, to protect its amazing heritage and access to natural assets, as well as to help plan for the future. He worked behind the scenes well into the night, to insure the best possible outcomes on many projects. As his disease took over, he was unable to continue working, but he still worried about his “to-do” list for KNA. He didn’t want to let you down.
Our family is grieving, but it brings us peace to know how much he loved working for Kīlauea with all of you. Ron would encourage you to keep up the great work. Kīlauea is worth the extra time and effort – and your leadership and volunteer hours really make a difference.
Thanks to everyone who has reached out to us with condolences and generous offers of assistance. It shows so clearly that Kīlauea is indeed a very special place to live.
Mahalo nui loa,