Loved ones say final goodbyes at Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana's funeral

Ira Rodrigues
Ira Rodrigues
Zelda Sproat
Zelda Sproat
Art Sepulveda
Art Sepulveda

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Family and friends said their final goodbyes on Saturday to murder victim Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana.

At the 18-year-old's funeral service, loved ones took home an important message about living life.

It's a message Rodrigues-Kaikana herself tried to share.

Hundreds filled Borthwick Mortuary for a final goodbye to this Kalihi teenager whose life was cut short.

"If she was still here I would tell her I love her and thank her for all that she did for us," said Ira Rodrigues, Iris's sister.

Her family not only shared their love for Iris, but also showcased some of her favorite songs and passion for dance.

Throughout her young life, Rodrigues-Kaikana touched many, including younger kids in her church as she become a leader in the youth program.

"Iris was one of my kids. I watched her grow up from being a young kid who was shy to being a young lady spunky and outspoken," said Zelda Sproat, Word of Life Kidz Leader.

But along with sharing their love for Rodrigues-Kaikana, family and friends shared their grief over this murder that has left so many puzzled and in pain.

"The hardest part is seeing a beautiful life take shape, and then suddenly cut short," said Sproat.

Rodrigues-Kaikana had big dreams for a better world, and even though she is gone, many at this ceremony, want to carry on the message of living life to the fullest with no regrets.

"I would celebrate how Iris lived her life, not how Iris died," said Art Sepulveda, Word of Life Pastor.

"I love you Iris," said her sister Ira.

The man accused of murdering Rodrigues-Kaikana, 29-year old Corbit Ahn, is at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

He's awaiting trial which is expected to begin in November.