More than 40 canoes formed a circle around a double-hulled canoe carrying family members of Gonzales today. While on the water, paddlers prayed together and sang Hawaii Aloha. Flowers were also dropped from a helicopter in his memory.
The Maui Interscholastic League regatta planned for Saturday, January 7, 2012, has been relocated from Kihei to Lahaina in honor of the late William Kalanikai Gonzales. Gonzales was fatally injured on Thursday, December 29, by a recreational motor boat while preparing regatta lanes in Lahaina.
Known affectionately as Kalanikai to some and Uncle Billy to others, William Gonzales, spent many a sunset leaping from the sacred Pu’u Keka’a to the Pacific below. Friends on Thursday remembered him as “a kind soul”.