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Honolulu shelter holds memorial service for dozens of homeless lives lost this year

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Homeless residents

A local shelter today held a special ceremony to remember those who have died while struggling to get off the streets.

At a memorial service today in Iwilei, the Institute for Human Services celebrated the lives of 34 shelter residents who died this year.

"Not just in sadness and grief, but also to remember their contribution to society, their gifts," said IHS chaplain MacArthur Flournoy. "We consider those family members. It really is about being an 'ohana."

Produced in partnership with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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