Aloha Ohana of Peter Hackstedde,
Last Saturday morning our beloved Peter Hackstedde left us in his sleep. He was 66 years old, father of Susie Hackstedde, and cherished ku’uipo of our mother, Holly O’Riordan.
He was a bright light in our community, or as Narand Patel put it, a “man pillar.” Through Alcoholics Anonymous, the Puako Community Association, and by being a friendly advocate for the community, Peter was a force for good. He was everywhere all the time, supporting during disasters (Fires, tsunamis, floods), engaging with authorities over new projects, and stopping by the General Store many times a day, often to pick up a popsicle.
He did so many little things to keep the community well-cared for and supported. He also did some major things, especially by leading the construction of the firebreak behind the community. He made incredible efforts to support us all.
We are heartbroken because we loved Peter so much. Our mom Holly feels it the most, as she and Peter were high school sweethearts.
We so appreciate your thoughts, condolences, flowers, food, drinks, special gifts, and the incredible outpouring of love we have felt in recent days. That is a testament to the impact Peter had on all of us, and the love we all had for him.
Holly is entering a new, as yet unknown chapter. Her daughter Katelyn is due to give birth to a baby girl on April 3rd, so for a little while Holly will be tutu on Maui. Beyond that, the future is a mystery.
The Puako community was the bedrock of Holly and Peter‘s life together, and love for Holly from neighbors and friends is most appreciated during this transitional time.
Information will be forthcoming about a celebration of life for Peter, sometime in 2019, when we can come together and celebrate this amazing man. Peter wanted us to paddle out and deliver his remains to the Puako ocean, so that is what we will do.
If you would like to give a monetary gift to contribute to Peter‘s memorial celebration, feel free to make donations here through venmo(www.venmo.com) to this private, non-social account: @Holly-ORiordan.
Thank you all for your love for Peter and your support of Holly in the coming weeks and months.
Andrew and Katelyn O’Riordan
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