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Hundreds turn out for wet Easter sunrise service at Punchbowl

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By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Showers and the wind didn't keep hundreds from going to a long-standing early morning tradition in Honolulu.

It's the 108th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Punchbowl. This year's Easter message was a tribute to Saint Damien and all that he has done for many across the state and the world.

The wind and the rain were present, but the sunrise on this Sunrise Easter Service was not in attendance, as many followed the sun's lead and stayed home, leaving scores of empty chairs.

"It was wet and windy, but it was very moving," Visitor Douglas Mick said. "It's just part of it, it's just the weather, you roll with the punches."

Besides, the Mick's have seen worse, being from Minnesota, where the rain is nothing compared to the snow storms they get.

For others who braved the conditions, the message of Saint Damien's sacrifices seemed to have overshadowed the gloomy conditions.

"So critical what St. Damien did for us, such a role model and a special human being and now he's our saint," Kaimuki resident Brenda Asato said. "I thought it was one of the most meaningful services, I think Easter sunrise is one of our special, most important of the Christian religion."

And when the service ended, so too did wet stuff.

"I told the people this morning, those of you who braved it nonetheless can remember your baptism, because it is through water that we are all made one with Christ and being around in the islands, what are we to be afraid of right," Service coordinator Sam Domingo said.

Sunday's offering supported the Hawaii State coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Donations will be put into a special fund in the name of a Hilo woman who died in a domestic violence incident.

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