KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Finley Boyle's passing drew national attention. On Saturday at Kailua Beach, her life was celebrated.
Friends and family gathered just off the boat ramp at Kailua Beach Park to bid farewell to the three-year-old girl, who passed away Jan. 3, a month after an ill-fated dental visit to Island Dentistry in Kailua.
"I was over there with some of the friends and family," said Liz Rizzo. "The general feeling is that it's a tragedy of course, but perhaps this little girl's life can touch others."
The family allowed Hawaii News Now at the celebration, but at a discreet distance, as services were conducted at the beach that Finley and her parents loved.
After some words were spoken, Finley's mother, Ashley Boyle, released a pink dove into the air. Shortly afterward, Ashley Boyle, a few family members and friends were paddled out in canoes to an area just short of Popoia Island, where Finley's ashes were scattered.
Lei were also placed in the water, while some who stayed ashore tossed flowers into the ocean.
"It's unfortunate that we lost a young child in the prime of her life," said Rizzo. "She had her whole life ahead of her."
Boyle's parents earlier announced plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the dentist, Dr. Lily Geyer, and Island Dentistry, which has permanently closed in the wake of the girl's death.
While Saturday morning's service was partly to say goodbye, it was also a time for some to think about the little girl's possible legacy.
"Sometimes these tragedies happen and perhaps it may save other lives of other children, and it may change the course of medical treatment, where this won't happen again," said Rizzo.
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