OHANA HAAS 1999 - 2020
A gift for you
RUNNING IN THE DARK
Greetings, family, friends and fans:
We had a wonderful memorial for our Hannah (Ohana) a few months back, and are working on something new for you for the holidays. On December 1, her birthday and the anniversary of the release of The Broken, we will be delivering to you something very special, which we are working very diligently on. The brilliant thing about Hannah is how prolific she was and we are finding things left and right, be it poetry or music, that she left us with which we had no idea about. None. It is a treasure trove! A vault! We miss her terribly, of course, but there is a joy in discovering these hidden gems, which we will continue to share. There is much to come, not just from her but from her foundation which is coming soon, so please stay tuned.
We love you.
Hannah loves you.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
We sadly but very proudly celebrated Our Girl’s life on Sunday, JULY 26, 2020, with her family at Temple and then had a party of epic proportions at their beautiful home.
16 July 2020
Friends, family, fans…your kind reactions to the new single and continued words of love have warmed our hearts…there are really no words to properly describe our gratitude to each one of you. Just know that Our Girl’s memory lives on and once we finally memorialize and celebrate her life later this month (Covid-willing), we will continue to release new material—songs, poetry, etc—and will launch the foundation in her name to help young people everywhere to thrive through pain and struggle via MUSIC and ART and WORDS. It will be a spectacular journey worthy of her spectacular soul, which remains with us all.
Love and Light,
5 JUNE 2020
While it seems like forever since we lost our dearest Hannah (Ohana to many of you) it hasn’t even been two months. We, her family and her broader artistic team, continue to exist in a sort of fog that we would hope those reading this never know...but are certain that many do.
We see, read, save and are deeply grateful for every single word of condolence and reflection that you write to us directly or post on social media. We beg you to know this and that, if a response doesn't come, it does not equate with ingratitude. This is just really, very hard and we are working through a huge archive of material that will be put to very good use. Plus, we are tired and we just plain miss her. We love you for it, though. More than typewritten words could possibly convey.
And thank you for all the food and gifts. You know who you are. We are good with food and gifts for now. If Chris gets any more lasagna, we’re going to have a whole other issue on our hands.:) We are focused on trying to heal. At least a little. At least enough to truly begin to formulate a plan to honor the story and the legacy of Ohana Haas and how to best continue the work that she was so focused on and with which she was communicating so very many good, helpful, healing and honest things. That was Our Girl.
Please continue to share the music, and please continue to watch this space. As previously stated, she left us a map. A mandate. And, hopefully with your help, we will fulfill it. You will be delighted by what we are about to do in the name of Our Girl, Ohana Haas.
Love and light,
Photo Credit Patty Connelly
23 APRIL 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,