Reunion helps Maui family grieving loss of father

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A Maui family grieving the loss of their dad recently received a glimmer of hope from another family.

Myves Manu Gould, 48, was hit and killed Friday night, while walking in the middle of Hana Highway.

His daughter Kamele Latu believes her dad was looking for their dog Behbeh, who had gone missing a week prior.

It turns out, Behbeh was picked up as a stray and brought to the Maui Humane Society. After no owners came forward, Behbeh was put up for adoption.

When Latu and her mom found out that their dog was at the shelter, they rushed over. Unfortunately, another family had already adopted Behbeh.

“So we contacted Behbeh’s adopters and they were very sad, but willing to return her so that she could go back to her original family,” said Jerleen Bryant, Maui Humane Society CEO.

“As soon as we got the call saying that they returned Behbeh back, we were so happy,” said Kamele Latu. “And as soon as we walked out of the door, she was so happy. She was crying, she was licking all of our faces, I was crying, my mom was crying. We were just a big mess, but we were so happy.”

The five-year-old Chihuahua mix was given to Gould when it was about a week old, and Latu says the two have been inseparable since.

“It puts my heart at rest. It puts my family’s hearts at rest,” said Latu. “It just makes me feel so relaxed now that we finally have her and we could stop searching for her. It just makes me happy because now I have a piece of my dad here with me.”

Meanwhile, Maui police continue to investigate the crash that killed Gould. They say he was wearing dark-colored clothing and there were no street lights in the area.

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