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Hawaii residents mourn Mandela

Ellie Crowe (in gray) Ellie Crowe (in gray)
Deloris Guttman Deloris Guttman
A photograph of Nelson Mandela on Guttman's wall A photograph of Nelson Mandela on Guttman's wall
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii author Ellie Crowe says Nelson Mandela's birth name, Rolihlahla, literally means, 'troublemaker'. 

Crowe wrote a kids book about Mandela's childhood, titled, 'The Boy Called Troublemaker'.

Mandela actually became one of the world's greatest peacemakers. 

"His humanitarianism, and his love, that's what I'll remember," says Deloris Guttman of the African American Diversity Cultural Center of Hawaii. 

Guttman put a lei around a picture of Mandela when he was hospitalized this past summer. 

The 95-year old Mandela suffered from a recurring lung infection that he first contracted while in prison.  He spent 27 years at Robben Island for conspiracy to overthrow the government. 

After his release, Mandela preached forgiveness to those who sentenced him and later became South Africa's first black president.

"In spite of what happened to him, he did say that he forgave people, and that was an incredible, strong thing to do," says Crowe, whose book was recently published and is being sold to schools.

Both women say Mandela's death was not a surprise to anyone, but it still brought sadness throughout the world.


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