HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Several hundred friends, relatives, classmates and others packed the First Assembly of God Church in Moanalua to bid aloha to Zachary Manago.
Manago, 18, died the night of Dec. 17 when he was struck from behind as he rode a bicycle with a large group of friends on Kamehameha Highway near Leileihua Golf Course. The vehicle left the scene.
Mourners were greeted by a photo of a smiling Zach, wearing his Moanalua High baseball uniform. They offered their condolences to Zach's parents and family. They looked through scrapbooks that chronicled his life.
Many remembered him as a great teammate and friend.
"He was liked by everybody," said friend Brandon Kong. "And he was just a person you would want to be around. He was always smiling and positive, and would cheer you up, no matter what mood you're in."
"Zach was pretty much like a best friend to everybody," said Miles Higa. "Everything you could ask for in a friend, that was him."
Higa also said Manago wasn't scared of anything. "Every time we'd go out and body board he wasn't scared of the biggest waves. Every time we'd go out to skate, he wasn't scared to skate downhill the steepest hills. He was fearless."
The registered owner of the vehicle that allegedly struck Manago was arrested three days after the collision, and remains under investigation for negligent homicide and failure to render aid.
One of the items on display at the memorial was a four-page essay written by Manago for a class at Hawaii Pacific University. In it, he wrote about the need for bicycle lanes on Oahu roadways.
Manago is survived by his parents, Dennis and Daphne Manago, two brothers and a sister.
"Pretty much we love him and miss him, and he'll forever be in our hearts," said Kong.
"Zach was the definition of a true friend. He always had your back and a pure heart," said another friend Evan Horio.
Horio paused for a moment, and then said: "I miss him a lot."
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