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North Shore Community Shaken By Shooting Death Of Beloved Local

Rest In Power Makani Alexander.

news // Nov 24, 2023
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 3 minutes

The North Shore community is just starting to process the news of the shooting death of 25-year-old Makani Alexander, the son of surfer, actor, reality TV star, and longtime Hawaii enforcer, Kala Alexander. 

Details of the incident are still hazy, but according to reports the 25-year-old was involved in an incident Sunday night around midnight, near Haleiwa, when gunshots rang out throughout the quiet North Shore neighborhood. 

According to Hawaii News Now, paramedics and doctors attempted to revive Alexander with CPR, but he was pronounced dead at 12:35am Monday morning. 

The shooter remains unidentified, leaving much speculation in Hawaii as to the nature of the shooting. While questions swirled around Makani’s death, the North Shore community took to social media with their tributes, like Makani’s uncle Kamalei Alexander.

From Kamalei [sic]: “Some fkn candles just burn faster, brighter, stronger. You did so fkn good with the hand you were delt, you crushed it captain! I hope you know how much you meant to everyone. I love you Makani. Now you the big angel buddy. Watch over us. Love you Ohana.”

“Forever and ever and ever in our hearts,” wrote close friend and WSL World Longboard champ Honolua Blomfield. “Your soul shined far beyond this earth. Rest easy my friend. You are so loved Kani boy.” 

None are as heartbreaking, nor as honest, as Makani’s older sister Mahina’s tribute, which you can read below. 

You were born when I was two
Mom says you cried out and I came to comfort you
“I got him” I said….
The day you were born I proclaimed you “my baby”
I thank god every second of every day that you came here with me
We went through literal hell and back and we had each others backs
Your smile shone with the light of a thousand suns
Your laugh could be bottled and sold to everyone
Your hugs are the BEST!!!!💯🫂
At 15, our last name was tatted on your chest “Protector of Men”
Your body is laid to rest but your spirit is endless
When the wind kisses my cheek I’ll know it’s you…
It feels like I’ll miss you forever, OUCH
Though I know we share my body now🫂
You’re not gone
You’re everywhere
You’re in the fire, water, earth and air.
My angel on earth has been upgraded!
No matter what form we take I know we’ll embrace again and again because the love I feel for you knows no end
I’ll always remember cradling you so small in my arms, then as time went on… reaching up noticing I was smaller within yours… ♾️
My big little brother
You made me laugh like no other
And there truly never will be another spirit like you.
So I’ll have to find you. There’s no other way to make any of this make sense than to assume that I’ll see you again. So that’s what I’ll believe and like magnets we’ll find eachother again and again.

Finding meaning in something so fucked is hard but not worthless. Weaving feeling into something that feels both void and full of grief simultaneously feels courageous. And of the infinite lessons you’ve taught me, courage is one of the biggest. Here you go again teaching me everything I need to know about life…. I don’t know how I’m supposed to go on living without you. But I know you’re everywhere. I open my heart the way you did time and time again and I feel you in the wind. There’s a bottomless pit inside me that feels like it will never fill. Maybe it’s like a vacuum that will pull you back to me someday somewhere some time…. Death is not the end. This is A Hui Hou, Until We Meet Again!!!!!!!!!!! I’m your angel from here, you’re my Angel from there.
I love you My Baby,
Love Siste

Our condolences to the Alexander Family, and to the North Shore community Makani loved, and was loved by, so dearly. 


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