Family of Lanai plane crash victim mourn her deathUPDATED 11:50 PM HST Feb 27, 2014Video Transcript
trying to make sense of what's happened. KITV4's Brenton Awa continues our team coverage. Yunji -- The family of Tremaine Balberdi is heartbroken. They tell us she wasn't supposed to be at that meeting on Lana'i -- but she volunteered to help. 1 49 14 - 24 - GEORGE "I LOOKED AT HER AND SHE WAS SMILING AND LAUGHING AND YOU KNOW SHE JUST, SOMETHING WAS THERE YOU KNOW." George Balberdi recalls one of the last times he'd see his wife Tremaine... She was getting ready for her flight to Lana'i... Her husband remembers dropping her off at the airport around 3-o'clock yesterday. Hewas supposed to pick her up around 9:30. The couple spoke to each other again when Tremaine was on Lana'i. 42 - GEORGE "CALLED ME AGAIN AT NIGHT AND SAID IM ON MY BREAK YOU KNOW JUST WANTED TO CALL YOU, SAY I LOVE YOU AND I SAID TO CALL ME WHEN YOU LEAVE." This is Tremaine with her husband and grandson. Little geovanni is too young to understand what's been lost...when asked about his grandson, he said this. 127 - clip 2 "MY FAVORITE IS MY GRAMMY, I LOVE MY GRAMMY NO MATTER WHAT." The Kahului resident worked as a secretary for Maui's Department of Planning for almost 25-years. She grew up in Maui and her husband says she was just five years away from retiring. This next conversation would be the couples last. 106 - GEORGE "I ANSWERED AND SHE SAID HI AND I SAID HI, SHE SAID WE'RE ON THE RUNWAY AND WE'RE READY FOR LEAVE YOU KNOW SO I'LL SEE YOU THERE, I SAID OKAY. I SAID I LOVE YOU, SHE SAID SHE LOVED ME AND WE HUNG UP." Just seconds later -- George says his home phone rang again -- only this time when he picked up -- there was silence on the other end. He began to worry. 208 "I CALLED MY DAUGHTER ... ...SHE SAID DAD, THERE WAS A PLANE CRASH." Desperate for answers, the family called Queens Medical Center, where crash survivors had been sent. 233 "AND WE JUST ASKED THEM IS THERE ANY WOMAN ON THE, AND THEY SAID NO, SO RIGHT THEN WE KNEW SHE WAS ONE OF THEM THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT." At 1:30 this morning -- a chaplin arrived at their house -- and told them Tremaine had died. 12-18 - clip 2 "SHE'S SO WONDERFUL AND ITS JUST SO HARD." Another gut-wrenching detail that Tremaine's daughter just found out was that her mother was planning a surprise bridal shower her.