Memorial Fund Set up for Family of Maui Teen, Kahiau Hill
* Updated June 1, 5:49 PM
Kahiau, in Hawaiian means to give love freely, “to give generously… with the heart and not with expectation of return,” according to the Nā Puke Wehewehe ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
“Living up to the meaning of his name, everyone has felt his love,” through jokes and laugher, according to a GoFundMe account set up by family friend Tioni Taylor.
“Just a week ago this young man graduated from Lahainaluna High School,” said Mayor Michael Victorino. “I can not say that I do understand the pain the parents and family are going through, but this whole community grieves with you… On behalf of all of the families here in Maui County, we send out deepest sympathy to the family. May your grief be lessened with the thought of the good times you had together. May the Lord bless you and our prayers are with you during this most agonizing time.”
“The Sadang-Hill ʻOhana is deeply saddened by the sudden tragedy and the loss of our dear son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend,” according to the memorial fund.
The fund was established as a way to provide kōkua to the family with donations for Kahiau’s funeral service and any medical expenses that they may have incurred. “In doing so, this will help to relieve any financial burden… know that your kindness is much appreciated as we navigate this heartbreaking moment,” according to the online tribute. “We know that Kahiau will continue to watch over us and we look forward to keeping his memory alive… “
As is said in much used Hawaiian prayer, “Mai ka lā hiki a ka lā kau. From the Sun’s arrival to the Sun’s rest.” As explained in the tribute, instead of setting, the sun is at rest, “thus suggesting rest and renewal rather than permanent departure.”
As of 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, Kahiau’s GoFundMe account had raised more than $14,000 toward a goal of $25,000.