‘Live Like Tre’ Day’ commemorates life of local firefighter who died at 24
June 12, 2023, 4:00 AM HST
There’s no loss like the death of your own child.
Chelsie Evans Enos experienced this devastating tragedy in February when her son Treʻ Evans-Dumaran, a Maui firefighter, died at age 24 after responding to a call to remove debris and create a safer water flow for residents during flooding in Kīhei. He was swept through a storm drain and about 800 yards out to sea, dying from his injuries more than a week later in the hospital.
In her grief, Enos and her husband are honoring Tre’s short life and legacy through their new Live Like Treʻ Foundation.
On Saturday, they held a fundraiser for the foundation at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo Gym. Similar events were held on Molokaʻi and Maui.
The money raised will fund scholarships with a focus on student athletes in single-parent households, students who have the desire to become a pilot, and students born to teen parents. Funding also will be available for training and uniforms for new and upcoming firefighters.
Tre was a 2016 graduate and star athlete at Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i in Kea‘au, and was known for living a life that was pono (righteous and balanced).
“A lot of parents brought their kids to honor him and teach our kids what it means to be kind,” she said.
The event featured a basketball tournament, raffle, inflatables for keiki, music and memorials in his honor.
“We have a slide show of pictures of him throughout his life,” Enos said. ” We also take you on his journey through the pathway of the different stations that tells a story about him.”
Enos’ husband, Kanoe, the stepfather of Tre’, said the memorial showed Tre’s drive and determination in life. Displays showed his struggle in the hospital, his passion for flying, and his love for being of service to the world.
“People are very supportive just because of the absolute tragedy,” he said. “I think everybody who comes out, can see their son, see their nephew in Tre’. …
“Everyone can grieve for someone, but if you don’t embody the things that they did then you’re not really honoring them. If you want to honor somebody, you will try to live as pono and just as kind and loving as he did or else you’re taking the life for granted.”
For more information visit https://liveliketre.org.