Friends, family mourn Maui crash victims

Memorial grows Tuesday at the scene of Sunday's crash that killed 5 young people.
Memorial grows Tuesday at the scene of Sunday's crash that killed 5 young people.

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KULA, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) - Family members and friends of the five young people killed are sharing personal stories about the victims tonight.

They're hoping the community will offers prayers, instead of criticism, following the tragedy that police believe involved alcohol and speeding.

Five names are scrawled on a guardrail near skid marks on Kula Highway.  Fresh flowers were carefully placed and crosses were erected by those with shattered hearts.

The youngest victim was 19-year-old Annastachia Kalua Cruz Manuel, a gifted Polynesian dancer who helped create the costumes and props for her halau.  The oldest of seven siblings, she made everyone around her smile.

"She was a great daughter...friend to everybody," said BJ Dung an aunt of Manuel.

Also killed were 20-year-old Ambrose "AJ" Momoa, 20-year-old Karl Barrack, 20-year Steven Shaw, and 20-year-old Remington "Remy" Redwell.

"Remy is just the type that...AJ, he was really good at playing uke," said Bree Poopaa.

Friends identified the victims' driver as 21-year-old Libert "Fiji" Qalivere.  He survived.  Investigators believe he was under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of his speeding Dodge.

Ann Smyth, a friend of one of the victims says, "He's a really responsible person normally...out of character."

Annastachia's family members say the King Kekaulike High graduate had a bright future ahead of her.  The religious family is leaning on its faith during this heart-wrenching time.

"If I could say anything for the community...power of prayer is great."

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