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Churches remember those who died from COVID-19 in Hawai‘i

Central Union Church of Honolulu announced their intent to remember those people who died from the coronavirus in Hawai‘i with the tolling of their carillon and an empty chair on the lawn for each life lost, inviting churches to join in this remembrance in their own way.


Pearl City Community Church on O‘ahu took part in the remembrance with various members ringing their church bell on All Saints Day.


Both churches were mentioned by the Star Advertiser in an article that came out on the morning of All Saints Day: "Church bells will ring in memory of Hawaii coronavirus victims".


View photos from both churches' remembrances below.

228 chairs on the lawn representing each person who died from COVID-19 in Hawai‘i as of October 31, 2020.
228 chairs on the lawn representing each person who died from COVID-19 in Hawai‘i as of October 31, 2020.
"Sometimes we might grow numb to just numbers. We wanted to have an event through the chiming of the bells, the chairs on the lawn, where that number could be seen as being tangible."—Rev. Brandon Durán
View from the church bell tower, looking at the 228 chairs on the lawn representing each person who died from COVID-19 in Hawai‘i.
A view from the Central Union Church bell tower
Flowers on one of the empty chairs, left by family members of a husband and father who died from COVID-19 two days prior.
Flowers left by family members of a husband and father who died from COVID-19 two days prior.

Members of Pearl City Community Church ring the church bell on All Saints Day.


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