Community Celebrates Life Of Boys Lost in Holualoa House Fire
KONA – Several hundred Big Island residents turned out on March 7th to honor and remember 11-year old year old Dexen and 6-year old Kaeden Matsuyama. The two Holualoa boys died in a house fire in late January. The Saturday event was called “A Celebration of Life.” It took place in a giant tent-like structure in North Kona. The boys’ entire elementary school was invited.
Music filled the air, kids played in inflatable party bouncers, artwork from the boys’ classmates and photos adorned the area. But despite the festive atmosphere, it was clear that many experienced a variety of conflicting emotions.
After the family arrived, the group was asked to rise. The family walked down the aisle carrying a wooden urn of ashes. They placed them on a table near the stage. Family members hugged each other and the boys’ uncle said a few words. The uncle also made a surprising announcement. The boys’ mother had just discovered that she was pregnant. Some in the family are hoping for twins.