Remembering Hawaii's 9/11 victims

By Teri Okita – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Of the nearly 35-hundred people who perished on 9/11, at least nine of them had ties to Hawaii.

We pay tribute to those who've passed by remembering their spirits and their lives.

Punahou graduate Rich Lee filled his office on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center with pictures of his son. Little Zachary is now almost 12, and Lee's friends want his son and others to remember the "Warrior Poet" that he was.

He was a physical presence, yet he wrote plays, comic strips, symphonies. He was highly intellectual" said Lee's friend Kevin Kono.

Lee worked with 38-year-old Michael Collins, a manager at the brokerage firm, Cantor Fitzgerald. Collins was married to Leilehua High School graduate, Lissa Collins.

Four floors above them, at the "Windows on the World" restaurant, Punahou alum and rising culinary star, Heather Ho, was busy baking her special desserts. She'd always dreamed of working at the acclaimed eatery.

Sitting at a table not far away, 26-year-old Maile Hale. Who had a morning meeting at the restaurant. A kukui nut tree grows in her memory at the valedictorian's alma mater, Kaiser high.

Richard Keane was also at a meeting at the twin towers. The senior vice-president of "Marsh incorporated" had a sister, Charlotte, who used to work at Kuakini Medical Center. She's since moved away.

Also at the World Trade Center, 1979 "Our Redeemer Lutheran" graduate, Patricia Colodner an executive secretary on the 96th floor of the north tower. She moved from Hawaii to New York soon after graduation.

At the Pentagon, David Laychak was a civilian budget analyst. Laychak's wife, Laurie a graduate of Hawaii Baptist Academy was teaching when a note about the attack was delivered to her classroom.

The 32-year-old Kailua newlywed was on the east coast for a forestry conference. Also on that "let's roll" plane, 56-year-old grandmother and antiques dealer, Georgine Corrigan, of Hawaii Kai. Her daughter Laura Buck says a "decade" of memorials has been emotionally and physically draining.

"It's just so painful for me. I haven't given a lot of interviews ever because it's really tough. You know, Sunday, hug your mom."

Buck and her family have made the trip to Shanksville, Pennsylvania for the first time in five years to honor her mother on this poignant 10 year anniversary.

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