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Traffic alert for Auntie Dottie's funeral

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Plans have been set for services and a memorial celebrating Dorothy Thompson, known as "Auntie Dottie".

Big Island police are alerting people that they will be changing traffic plans April 17 for the funeral.

Friends tell us visitation will be at St. Joseph's church in Hilo from 8 a.m. to noon.  A memorial is planned for afterwards at the Hilo Civic Auditorium.

Auntie Dottie passed away March 19 of pneumonia. She was 88 years old.  She is known as the heart and soul of the Merrie Monarch Festival. She took over what was a failing festival in 1968, and turned it into the world's premiere hula competition.

She introduced Kane in 1976, and continued to plan the event until her death.

Police say on April 17, traffic on Kapiolani Street will be one way, heading into Puna.

The one-way traffic flow will be between Waianuenue Avenue and Haili Street between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Parking will be allowed on both sides of Kapiolani Street.


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