Hawaii state hospital patients remembered

KANEOHE (KHNL) - Patients who passed away at the Hawaii State Hospital between 1930 to 1960 were forgotten and will be remembered in a ceremony at the Hawaiian Memorial Park cemetery in Kaneohe on Tuesday, July 1 at 10am.

The seventh annual remembrance service for the 667 patients who died with remains unclaimed at the then named Territorial Hospital seeks to remember those who were left forgotten.

During the years between 1930-1960 the remains of unclaimed patients at the hospital were cremated.Their ashes were then stored in warehouse containers in the basement of the Goddard administration building.

Over time some of the containers holding an individual's ashes broke open spilling onto the concrete floor. Many labels on the containers also deteriorated making it impossible to identify the deceased.

In the early 1960's, public pressure resulted in the First State Legislature appropriating the funds to properly bury the 667 former Territorial Hospital patients. They were finally put to rest in urns buried within four concrete vaults at the edge of the Hawaiian Memorial Park cemetery.

The names of 540 known individuals were memorialized on two bronze plaques that decorate the vaults. The 127 unnamed were also laid to rest as unknowns.

The heart of Tuesday's ceremony headed by Reverend Woong-Min Kim will be when the names of those left forgotten are remembered and said aloud for all those in attendance to hear.