Remembering them by name
First Photo: Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu takes a turn reading names of Hawaii victims of domestic violence during a candlelight vigil on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus Thursday evening. Looking on is domestic violence survivor Michele Navarro Ishiki of Paia, who also helped read the names of 110 people killed by domestic violence in the state through the years. Organizer Mahina Martin said that it is a tragedy the list of names keeps growing each year that she and her husband, Ben, host the event. “I just think it’s important we remember their names because it gives meaning to their lives and reminds us as a community to support survivors,” Martin said. “It’s hard to read the names. It’s heart-wrenching. Every year, the list grows and it is so heart-wrenching.” The vigil is part of activities recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Second Photo: Participants hold LED candles as the names of domestic violence victims are read Thursday evening.