Respected Ka‘u football coach passes away

In 1979, Coach Barba revitalized the Ka'u High football program by temporarily suspending the varsity team and leading the junior varsity squad to the BIIF championship.

Coach Robert Barba was inducted into The Big Island Sports Hall of Fame as its 90th member. (Tim Wright/Courtesy Image)

The Ka’u community and sports enthusiasts mourned the recent passing of Robert Barba, a seasoned coach who passed away at 82.