Father Vincent, mother Irene, and sister Kahanulani have issued the following statement regarding Noah “Kekai” Mina.
“We are so very sorry that Kekai has passed from this realm, he meant the world to us as a son, brother and friend.
We find solace that he was found, and ask all those that extended their hearts and love to Kekai and to us, that you pause, and take a moment to love and hold those that are dear to you a moment longer than you would normally do.
We are so fortunate to have had the time here physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, with him. Those that know Kekai understand what we’re talking about. He made a profound difference in ours and many other’s lives. He is our sunshine.
We want to thank everyone from the depths of our hearts and souls, that have been here to support us, while praying to bring him home. We appreciate you and can’t thank you enough. Mahalo nui loa pumehana to one and all.”
Video of Keahi Bustamente, a volunteer searcher, who spotted Mina during a helicopter search mission on the morning of Wednesday, May 29. Bustamente was accompanied by Hoʻokahi Alves and Hank Oppenheimer.
Keahi Bustamente is a conservation biologist and geologist from the Hawaiʻi State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife.