As the Honolulu rain envelopes our landscape, we at O’ahu Fringe Festival are saddened to hear of the passing of Abel Coelho, a dear friend of Fringe.

As an artist, Abel kindly donated his time during our first year making sure that our technical needs were met and also offered much needed advice on other creative matters. His unselfish love for what he did for us is immeasurable and we could not have seen out our first event without his generous support. For that we are truly thankful.

Not only did he lend a hand to our work, his creative reach was far and wide. As an alumni of the UH Manoa Theatre & Dance Department, Abel fine tuned his craft there and worked tirelessly in the Honolulu theatre community. He was truly a wonderful person who forged a footprint in our arts community and though we will no longer see his work, we know that his influence is felt by many both here and abroad.

To the family and friends of Abel, we send our condolences to you on this very sad day. Saying goodbye to a dear friend is never easy, but know that his good gentle soul touched many and may this connection and love of many bring you some comfort at this time.

Dear Junko may there be peace in your heart during this most difficult time. While we are sad, we cannot fully understand your sorrow but may this little note help as we share in your grief and support you.

Abel was a very good man. We miss you. May the kukui continue to light you on this journey. Farewell friend. Aloha.