Celebrating the life of Hawaii media icon Emmeline “Emme” Tomimbang Burns

Emmeline Tomimbang Burns, affectionately known as “Emme,” a prominent figure in Hawaii’s media landscape and a dedicated community leader, passed away on Feb. 19 at the age of 73.

A special Celebration of Life ceremony was held on Saturday, April 27 in Emme’s honor at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu.

Emme’s family posted on her Facebook page, “On behalf of the Tomimbang ʻohana, we would like to express our gratitude for the generous outpouring of love and prayers in honor of our beloved Emme. Emme’s profound aloha for the local community was evident in the many causes she championed, the heartfelt stories she shared, and the multitude of cultural and civic causes she supported. Her values and identity were deeply rooted in her Filipino heritage and Kakaʻako upbringing, both of which were central to her illustrious career in media and television. Emme’s news reports and Island Moments show brought local stories to the hearts and homes of countless viewers, and the impact of those efforts continues to flourish today. From our family, we express our deepest mahalo nui and maraming salamat for the many years of love and support you have shared with Emme and invite you to join us April 26-27 in celebrating her extraordinary life and legacy.”

Island News streamed the Celebration of Life ceremony to their YouTube page.