May 2002 at my graduation, BA degree. My precious Kani is on my right and my other two dear children are on my left.
Pua Kaninau
Tree Coordinator for Hawaii (Honolulu)

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In Memory of my beloved son, Kaniela Kaninau
March 31, 1985 – April 5, 2003

My Story
Mother of three children. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. My youngest son, Kaniela Kaninau, forever 18, died by suicide, April 5, 2003—life forever changed. He died two months to the date of his high school graduation. He loved life. He did not want to die. He had many beautiful plans. He just wanted to stop the pain. He did not choose to die as so many say it was their choice. Kani's death was a complete shock. We never went through attempts or anything like that, just grade challenges and irritability, sleeping alot (I know now he was in probably clinical depression). How does one know these things if you have no experience going through this with mental health issues? My Mission is to support suicide prevention programs in Hawaii. The Memory Tree of Lights is an annual event that I would be heartfelt to be invovled with. Thank you for what you are doing!
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