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Waves off Waikiki accept waterman’s ashes

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Friends and family of Vetea Cowan paddled back after scattering his ashes off the shore of Kaimana Beach on Thursday. Cowan, 47, drowned June 25 off the beach, where he had body-surfed on a regular basis. Pictured paddling are Edmund Pestana, left, Cowan’s daughter, Oriata, 16, and his siblings Lara and Alfred Cowan.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Fellow Tahitian natives Torea Ng and Joe Buillard sang as a small flotilla of canoes paddled out to scatter Vetea Cowan’s ashes.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Pictured (l-r) is Vetea Cowan’s daughter, Oriata, 16, and siblings Lara and Alfred Cowan. About 15 people participated in the ash scattering service with the addition of two visiting honu (sea turtles) which surfaced by the canoes according to his sister Lara.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Pictured is Vetea Cowan’s siblings Alfred and Lara Cowan embracing after paddling out to scatter his ashes off shore.

Friends and family of Vetea Cowan paddled out in canoes Thursday to scatter his ashes off Kaimana Beach, where the 47-year-old Honolulu man from Tahiti body-surfed nearly every day for three years. Read more

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