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Candlelight vigil for young man lost at sea in Hawaii


Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The framed photograph of Jaron Asalele who was lost at sea two weeks ago in Hawaii was on display Monday during the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency candlelight vigil dedicated to Jaron “as we pray for his peaceful resting in the Almighty's arms.”

He is the son of AS-EPA director, Fa’amao Asalele Jr. and Alice. “Our prayers of comfort and healing for Director Asalele, the family, and all who have come to know Jaron in his years during this moment of grief,” said the photo caption posted on the AS-EPA Facebook page along with the photograph.

Media news reports from Hawai’I say that 19-year old Jaron Asalele — a graduate of Tafuna High School — went missing on Kauai island’s north shore. KHON-TV reports that the teen was last seen in distress swimming at Kalihiwai Beach. Kauai search and rescue teams scoured the area by air and sea. The search was later called off and the body of the American Samoa native was never found.