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Former Honolulu real estate reporter dies

March 11, 2008

Jerry Tune, who covered Hawaii real estate for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for decades, died Friday after an illness. He was 69.

Star-BulletinStar-Bulletin reporter Rosemarie Bernardo wrote, “Tune started working at the Star-Bulletin in 1970. He covered the environment beat before moving to the business section. Former colleagues described him as a hard-working reporter who covered real estate extensively during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. ‘For many years, Jerry was synonymous with covering real estate and housing,’ said John Simonds, former managing editor and executive editor.

“He was very much on top of the home development activities, particularly on Oahu, during those years, Simonds said. ‘He was widely respected by people in the housing field as well as his peers.’

“For some time he almost single-handedly put the real estate section together for the Sunday paper. At the time, the Sunday paper was a joint effort published by the Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser.

“‘Jerry was a very thorough, reliable and extremely fair-minded reporter,’ Simonds said. He further described him as likable, even-tempered and a good listener.”

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