Bringing Light to the Holidays
On the last day of November 2017, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaii held its annual Candlelight Vigil on the grounds of the historic and beautiful Central Union Church, Atherton Chapel. Often this time of year is most difficult for families who have tragically lost loved ones due to drinking and driving and homicide crimes. MADD’s candlelight vigil provides families and friends an opportunity to unite in an evening of remembrance, love and shared support and strength.Pastor David Rivers began the evening with an inspiring message about the lights on a Christmas tree and the importance of having “light” in our lives. Ed and Paula Werner shared their heartfelt story of the loss of their 19-year-old son, Kaulana. All who attended were graced with a beautiful hula, inspiring messages of hope, shared stories of LOVE and the reassurance of knowing the dedicated men and women from the Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, the Prosecutor’s Office, and many other collaborators are doing their very best in continuing to serve and protect the people of Hawaii. The holidays were a little brighter in Hawaii for many, with each candle that was ever so carefully and tearfully lit.