Mourners Set Up Memorial Websites

Dineh Davis
Dineh Davis

by Joann Shin

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Pictures of happier times in reaction to the tragic accidents in Hauula have popped up all over the internet.

Go to and there are hundreds of tributes to the four young victims.

"The immediacy is there, if you want others to know about your grief and a sense of intimacy is there, said Dineh Davis, a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She's been studying the social impact of the internet for 30 years.

She says these on-line memorials have become the new way to honor loved ones lost.

These web pages can be accessed across the world, yet Davis says they remain personal.

"It's still communal and local. It's going to be someone who knows this individual, someone who has interest in that person, family, in the kind of accident or health issue that led to the cause of death," said Davis.

She says the reason for the influx of online memorials is that technology is far more accessible.

According to Davis, "it's a fast way to get to a lot of people. Any kind of human interaction you want to have in real life, you can have on the internet."

And although these internet tributes can go up in no time, Davis says technology can never speed up the grieving process.