Maui mayor, friends, family mourn for victims of Lanai plane crashUPDATED 6:52 PM HST Feb 27, 2014Video Transcript
24-hours since that plane went down. The loss just barely beginning to sink in for those who knew the victims...not only as co- workers but friends. KITV4's Lara Yamada is just back from Maui, where everyone, including the mayor, struggled with their emotions after hearing the heartbreaking news. MAYOR 708-19 We all get to work with each other, so it's like family. Sorry. His voice cracking, his emotions barely restrained, officially announcing the news, Mayor Alan Arakawa says -- this -- is an entire community in mourning. MAYOR 726-36 You know we are a very small community and everybody knows each other, everybody works with each other, and a kind of a loss like this really hits home. In the packed room, the crowd, echoing his emotions... overflowing. Maui's Department of Planning suffering the biggest loss. Tremaine Balberdi and Kathleen Kern losing their lives. One, a long-time employee -- another they say -- a bright, young addition. Their colleagues Douglas Miller and Mark King severely injured. MICHELE 2204-10 It is a really tight, hard working core of people. MICHELE 1915-20 We're devestated. There really isn't anything more to say than that. MOANA 2632 There is a lot of support with this county and in this community. That's Moana Lutey from the Corporation Counsel. One of her colleagues, deputy attorney James Giroux -- the passenger -- who called 911 saying their plane had crashed. And, the one pulling Miller and King from the burning wreckage. MOANA 2532-41 It does sound like someone from our office did assist two members of planning, from my understanding it's really heroic and we're proud of him. Inside, they are turning to each other for support. Outside, with flags now at half-staff... it is another sign... of a community in mourning. MICHELE 2414-25 Our hearts go out to the vicitms families and just ask for everyone's thoughts for those still in the hospital. STANDUP: In the meantime, there are grief counselors on hand helping the many people affected by what happened. In Wailuku, Maui, Lara Yamada KITV4 News.