OHANA HAAS 1999 - 2020

With the heaviest of hearts, we need to share devastating news with you. Two days ago we lost our beautiful, brilliant, sweet Ohana (Hannah) to a freak and random accident. She was 20 years old. We don't have the words to convey how much we all loved her.

 

Those of you who knew her knew her deeply sensitive soul. She was a fragile being. Perhaps she was too sweet and innocent to endure the very harsh elements of our world, which seems to grow harsher by the day. Those of you who did not know her would need only to hear her poignant and deeply personal debut album "The Broken" (which she worked so hard on and has just come out) to understand. 

 

Perhaps adding more to the weight of the tragedy is the happy fact that she was fighting and she was showing signs of winning against searing emotional pain. The realization that she was gifted, that her music was beautiful, relatable and helpful to so many, and that she did have a role to play in this world--and a big one in creating and healing herself and others--gave her a level of strength and hope that she had never before known. Her moments of joy, though fleeting, were a beautiful thing to behold.

Hannah's music--her gift to us--lives and will live. Helps and will help. We will see to that. More importantly, her spirit endures. Watch this space for news of how we will, in her honor, help others just like her find peace in their hearts and purpose in their lives, whether it be through music or some other form of artistic expression.

In the meantime, if you are struggling, don't ever give up on yourself or the possibilities that await you even if you don't see them ahead. For they are indeed there. We've included some resource links below. 

 

We are mourning. Desperately so. But it is also clear to us that Hannah's short life has left us with instructions. And we will follow them. Together. In her name. For good.

 

Love and light,

TEAM OHANA 

April 23, 2020 

 

HHS Resources to Support Adolescent Mental Health

Pain-2-Power, The Ablow Center

NAMI: Teens and Young Adults

Save The Music Foundation

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