Letters for August 28, 2016

• Choices we make lead to consequences in life

Choices we make lead to consequences in life

My memory of Sept. 11 is probably different from yours. You may be thinking of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, and how so many people lost their lives. There was just so much pain that everyone went through.

My pain is similar. My name is Brittney Kane, and on Sept. 11, 2011, my friend’s life was lost because of the choices I made. I lost a friend who was someone’s best friend, neighbor, classmate, cousin, niece, aunty, sister and daughter. She was someone to everyone.

We chose to drink alcohol at a party that I helped arrange. Pretty much everyone who was there was underage. At the time, I was 16 years old. Three of us decided to leave the party with two other friends to pick up our guy friends and we took separate cars. The guys decided to take their own car. Going back to the party from Hanamaulu, on the main highway, I decided to speed to keep up with the two girls in the other car. My passengers were playfully cheering and screaming to the other car. We were all having a good time, just having fun.

I don’t know how fast I was going. Everything happened so fast. The car swerved off the road, hit a tree and flipped over. Nahele Kapua flew out of the car, and died instantly. Koahe Cordeiro was trapped in the car, in critical condition. None of us were buckled up.

“It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt” is a saying that our parents always told us. You really need to think about what you are doing, or what you are about to do, if you re endangering yourself, or others.

Every choice you make has a consequence, and I have learned the hard way that the choices I made that night to drink alcohol and drive fast led to Nahele Kapua’s death.

Brittney Kane

Hanamaulu

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