Diane Margaret Rivas
July 29, 1943 – May 13, 2022
Diane M Rivas 78, of Waikoloa Village, Hawaii, died May 13, 2022. She was born on July 29, 1943 in Spokane Washington and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
After graduating from high school she relocated to Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, attended North Idaho Junior College and graduated from Washington State University.
She lived in Honolulu, Hawaii for 7 years working as an interior decorator. She and her late husband, Carlos Rivas, moved to the Big Island in 1974 and helped Waikoloa Village grow from 4 homes to what it is today.
She started working for This Week Big Island in 1979 and retired after 36 years as Big Island sales director. She was responsible for all advertising clients.
She was a founding member of Waikoloa Community Church, helped put on the Great Waikoloa Horse Race and Rodeo in the 1970's, and organized the Carlos Rivas Memorial Polo Tournament as a benefit for Hospice.
She is survived by sister Kristine Eslit of Nevada; step-daughters Alicia Harris of Idaho; Dorian Rivas of California; Julia (Kurt) Frey of California; niece Michelle (Jonathan) Malendres of Nevada; nephew Eric (Malia) Doherty of the Big Island; six grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
Memorial and Celebration of Life will be at the Waikoloa Community Church 68-3621 Paniolo Ave, Waikoloa Village on Saturday June 4, 2022 at 2:00 PM.