Friends of Ambrose Mamoa, or AJ as he was known, brought cut flowers and lei to the modest roadside memorial on Kula Highway Monday morning.
Rachel Williams says Mamoa was a passionate, hard worker who was looking forward to graduating from culinary arts school and pursuing his love for baking.
“I was on Facebook and someone mentioned AJ, and I only know one AJ in the culinary school and I saw his Facebook and I said, 'No not him.' It's kind of hard," said Williams.
Maui police closed the scene off for hours Sunday, as they completed their investigation. With so many deaths, it is easily one of the worst in the state.
Investigators say speed and alcohol may have been involved.
Savannah Christenson asked her mother to bring her down to the crash site to say goodbye to her schoolmate of King Keakaulike’s Class of 2011.
Anastasia Cruz-Kalua was a hula dancer and cheerleader and Christenson couldn't say enough about her as a friend.
"She was super bubbly, always happy, always smiling. If you were down, she would make you smile. She was a just good listener," said Christenson.
Christenson brought a dried ti leaf which was a keepsake from graduation, along with a candy lei.
A favorite memory of Anastasia was of her sneaking candy during class.
Annette Christenson said more than anything she feels for those whose lives were cut short in a split second.
"I hope the message goes out to all these young adults. Don't drink and drive it's not worth it not any of it," Christenson said.
The family of Karl Barrack has not been able to bring themselves to visit the crash site.
“I hope we can learn from this. We didn't expect this to happen. It’s still a nightmare I am numb in my head," said Barrack.
For now they try to wrestle with their grief and hope something good can come of this.
They were almost home from a birthday party celebration in upper Kula.
Four of the young men in the car were like sons to Tito Barrack.
The driver, who Barrack knew as "Liebert," lived just a few doors down.
"I am sure he has been traumatized in all of this. I hope the best for him,” said Barrack.
"They never think it is going to be them, and now there are five kids dead, and one kid who is left who will have to live with it,” said his stepmother, Dawn Gottlieb.
"Karl was so bright, and so talented and he could have done anything he wanted to do," said Gottlieb.
Karl's stepbrother Brian Awai consoled himself that the boys were in a good place together.
"He was such a peaceful person and he was so good at so many things and I really will miss watching him grow up and do something with his life," said Awai.
Karl’s grieving family hopes others can be spared their hurt. They have lots of questions about what happened.
"These kids have to be able to stop each other. They have to be able to say, 'Sleep on the floor; sleep in the car.' Take someone’s keys if you have to but don’t let them get on the road," said Gottlieb. "We have told the kids a hundred times, 'You cannot drink and get in a car. You cannot drink and get in a car.'"