Fearless and full of laughter. Nancy Campbell-Kowardy says her son, 19-year-old Koshari Kahikili Waits, was finding his passion.
"He just had this huge spirit," said Campbell-Kowardy.
Only days before his death, he sent her a video of the hydroelectric shed he'd created on the Pu'u O Hoku Ranch on Molokai.
His boss offered him a promotion on May 19. The next day, his body was found on a dirt road in Mapulehu.
A moped rider found Koshari with what police called a "suspicious" wound on his head.
"As a mom, you can't really wrap your brain around that your child could be gone. Just saying it out loud, I can't really imagine this could really be true," said Campbell-Kowardy.
Two days later, officers arrested 39-year-old Jeffrey Davis on suspicion of murder. He's a man Campbell-Kowardy says her family knows. With no formal charges, Davis has since been released.
"I just wanted to somehow be able to take care of his body in a way that fit more with our beliefs and spirituality," said Campbell-Kowardy.
Three miles offshore, they offered Koshari's remains to the ocean he so loved. Then, a memorial with family and friends.
Kua, 14, rode on Koshari's beloved surfboard staying close to the soul of his brother, but beyond his reach.
"I'm really praying that if anybody has any real information they can help answer some of these questions and help us as a family to give us some kind of peace so I don't have to be laying awake at night wondering what happened," said Campbell-Kowardy.
The family is offering a $25,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest and a conviction. They plan to place an ad this week in The Maui News and the Molokai Dispatch.
Maui police will only say the case is under investigation.
There's also a Facebook group called In Loving Memory of Koshari Nalu Kahikili Waits.
The Pu'u O Hoku Ranch on Molokai is holding a surf clinic in his honor in Halawa Valley on July 2.