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DEC 4, 2023 WE LOST RUTH MERSBURGH




Ruthie was a Crew Member before there was a Nā Peʻa program.  From the very first Nā Peʻa Sail Day, she displayed a bolt of energy that moved our program forward. Soft in her approach, yet unyielding in her values, she was intolerant of mediocrity but patiently supportive of those of us who experienced failure.  Small in stature but a giant in presence she would become a valuable member of the Board of Directors for the Nakoa Foundation.  As an adult, she continued to help organize our Nā Peʻa events. 


A celebration of life is scheduled for:

Saturday February 24

At Halehalawai in Kailua-Kona

Time yet to be announced


Current and Past Nā Peʻa Crew members will gather on February 23 Niu Malu Beach fronting the Huliheʻe Place grounds in Kailua to rig our Nā Peʻa Canoes.


Our hearts are heavy at the loss of Ruthie but our lives are so much fuller because of her.



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