NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Friends and family are mourning the death of a former Kamehameha Schools football player who was struck and killed while crossing the street in Nanakuli on Sunday.
"He was a really great kid, well-respected, so humble, and we just loved him a lot," his father, Ed Werner, said.
A makeshift memorial is set up along Farrington Highway at the spot where 19-year-old Kaulana Werner died.
The standout athlete, a former wide receiver for the Warriors, was named Offensive Player of the Year last year. He had recently came home to Hawaii from Kansas, where he'd been playing football for Sterling College.
"He was a key player on and off that field and he took that spirit that he took on that field and it was with him every single day and shared it with everyone," former teammate Joshua Ancheta said. "It's just a loss and hard to bear with right now."
Kaulana Werner died around 8:30 p.m. Sunday along Farrington Highway, across the street from where he grew up. The driver accused of hitting him and driving away, 22-year-old Myisha-Lee Armitage, was arrested but has been released pending investigation.
Kaulana Werner's dad said traffic on Farrington Highway is typically bad, and he had warned his son about it.
"It's a real wake-up call that just lets everyone know that anything can happen and you have to live your life to the fullest and take advantage every single day because you never know when this kind of things is going to happen," Ed Werner said.
Kaulana Werner's funeral will be held Saturday, May 14. Visitations will begin at 9 a.m. at St. Rita Church in Nanakuli.