HAUULA, Hawaii - Family members of the 18-year-old Kahuku senior who died in a crash on Hauula Homestead Road early Tuesday morning said he died two weeks before his 19th birthday.

Ku Primacio would have turned 19 on January 24. 

"He had a very special spirit, he always made everybody laugh, he touched everybody who came into contact with," said Melissa Primacio, Ku's mother. 

Melissa was emotional as she shared stories of her only son alongside his sisters.

"He was a clown, everyone loved him, he was outgoing, this is hard knowing that he's gone," said Tracie Primacio, Ku's sister. 

Ku was an 18-year-old senior at Kahuku High School, he played football, rugby, and was a member of the paddling team.

"He wanted to give back to the community so he was a soccer coach last season, all of his sisters played soccer, so he became a soccer coach to be part of the team with the girls," said Melissa.  

Ku was also a devoted son and brother.

"He always made sure we had food on the table, he always cooked for us," said Tracie.

The Primacios said Ku would often go fishing and cook his catch for the whole family. His sisters said fried fish was his specialty.

"He was really hard-working kid, balancing school, athletics, working a job at Tamura's, I wouldn't have been able to do the things that he did at his age," said Vonn Chee, Ku's Uncle.  

Chee said Ku's grandmother and biological mother both died in crashes at a young age.

"It's tough, it's hard to understand, you always have so many questions and you almost don't want to believe it's true, but we are kind of taking it one moment at a time," said Chee. 

As the Primacios prepare to lay their son and brother to rest, Kahuku will also pay special tribute to a young man gone too soon. 

"They are going to be holding a memorial, and I believe they're going to be wearing his favorite color which is pink, so it's an all pink day for the school," said Melissa.

The community is encouraged to wear pink on Thursday.