A remembrance of life
Thirty-four candles glow in jars set on the sand at Kalama Park in Kihei last week to represent the 34 people on Maui who died from COVID-19 over the past year. Another death was reported Sunday, bringing the total to 35. “A few of us got together online and decided we should do something to honor the lives that have been lost,” said Kahului’s Cara Flores, founder of Hale Hawaii and the administrator of the Maui COVID19 Facts Facebook group. “Unfortunately, we planned it for 33, but it became 34 today.” Before the silent vigil, participants waved signs along South Kihei Road urging mask use and other pandemic safety measures.
SECOND PHOTO: Kimokeo Kapahulehua removes his lei before tossing it into the sea as part of last week’s tribute to the people on Maui who have died from COVID-19. Before shedding the lei, Kapahulehua sounded 34 blasts on a pu, or conch shell, as the sun set to honor each of Maui’s victims of the disease. Since then one more death has been reported on Maui. There were also 34 ti leaves and flowers placed in the water in memoriam.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos