Remembering Hawaii's 9/11 victims, 15 years later

Remembering Hawaii's 9/11 victims, 15 years later

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the September 11th terror attacks and nine of them had ties to Hawaii.

On the 15th anniversary of that dark day, family and friends are remembering the victims.

Aboard United Flight 93, sat 56-year-old grandmother and antique dealer Georgine Corrigan of Hawaii Kai.

Christine Snyder, an environmentalist with the Outdoor Circle, was on that same plane that crashed in Shanksville, PA.

The 32 year old from Kailua was on the east coast for a Forestry Conference.

"She would walk into a room and she could take a cloudy day and turn it into a day like today, full of sunlight and life," said Steve Mechler, president of the Outdoor Circle.

A banyan tree off Kapahulu Avenue was planted through Snyder's efforts and today, is rooted in honor of her.

"Her actions will allow other generations to sit under that tree and really enjoy her life goal, which was really the greening of Hawaii," Mechler said.

Inside the World Trade center, six victims had ties to the islands.

Punahou grad Richard Lee sat on the 103rd floor.

Next to him was 38-year-old Michael Collins, a manager at the brokerage firm, Cantor Fitzgerald. He was married to Leilehua grad, Lissa Collins.

Four floors above them, was rising culinary star and Punahou alum Heather Ho. She worked at Windows on the World restaurant.

Her former culinary school classmate, Warren Schierenbeck still remembers her aloha spirit. "It's been 24 years since I met her and I still remember her fondly," he said. "She touched everyone in a positive way and made everyone feel great about themselves."

26-year-old Maile Hale sat at a table inside the Windows on the World restaurant for a morning meeting. At the valedictorian's alma mater, Kaiser High School, a kukui nut tree grows in her memory.

Richard Keane, the SVP of "March Incorporated," was also in a meeting at the twin towers and 1979 "Our Redeemer Lutheran Graduate" Patricia Colodner worked as an executive secretary on the 96th floor of the north tower.

At the Pentagon, David Laychack was a civilian budget analyst. His son, Zach, was only nine years old when terrorists crashed a plane into the western side of the building. "As a country, it's getting to a time where time may have healed those wounds," he said. "For me, time doesn't really move the same way."

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the city's first responders held a remembrance walk Sunday to honor those lost in service on 9/11.

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