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Hau`oli la Hanau Queen Lydia Liliuokalani
Support Local Athletes V
Aloha ohana, welcome to another week of our #SupportLocalAthletes excerpt. Its a full time position trying to keep an eye on all the talent our islands possess, all while balancing my other responsibilities. But something within me told me to speak on a particular concept in regards to the recent athletes and coaches we have lost this past week. Death is a tragedy & I send only the most sincere condolences to the families that are dealing with their recent loss. As much as it is a tragedy, it could be seen as a blessing, a lesson. At the end of every dark tunnel is a light that shines. I only say this because I too have had to cope with the loss of a dear friend, an athlete, a free spirit, a person who has made a mark on my life. The other day I was scrolling through Twitter, I stumbled upon students from Farrington reaching out to the students of Moanalua. Letting them know how they feel for their loss & only hope for the best. Both schools are dealing with a loss of someone that will forever make an impact on their lives, but to see students, young athletes, supporting each other, showing aloha, compassion & empathy to one another is not a tragedy, despite the events that had to take place. The youth is our future and they will pass on the lessons taught to them by Edward “Skippa” Diaz, they will forever remember the smile from Leighton Mow. Parents, Ohana, friends, peers, coaches, teachers, everyone, will remember these souls and the impact they have made within their community. Once again, God bless all the families that have been moved by these recent events, stay strong and don’t lose fait, never forget the impact these individuals have made. With the power of aloha, they will live on forever. This is all I have to say for this weeks #SupportLocalAthletes excerpt, a little different but much needed. Until next week, live with aloha and always Defend Hawaii!