HONOLULU – Peter Chi was remembered as a person who lived life to the fullest, and inspired others to do so at a memorial service held at the Stan Sheriff Center Wednesday.
"We are so proud of Peter to have been able to touch so many lives" said his sister, Sharon, who spoke at the service.
Added friend and teammate Mark Okimura, "he just has this aura about him that makes him so warm, and even when you're in the heat of competition, he'll always find a way to make everyone relax."
Chi's impact on others was profound, given the set of circumstances with which he was forced to live. The 19-year old had Wolf-Parkinson-White Syndrome, in which there is an abnormal electrical pathway of the heart. After being diagnosed with the condition, Chi remained active, and on the UH swim team, never letting his condition dictate the way he lived.
"In his last couple of days, especially his last day, he got to do what he loved" said longtime friend Jayson Hagi.
Chi found unresponsive in his dorm room Saturday, and transported to Straub Hospital. He was later pronounced dead.
He is survived by his sister Sharon, and his father Robert.