Safety fund established at HPU in honor of Mariah Danforth-Moore

November 20, 2012

Mariah Danforth-Moore

Mariah Danforth-Moore

HONOLULU –  The family of a Hawai'i Pacific University student who tragically died one year ago today in an accident on Kamehameha Highway has established a fund at the university to help defray the costs of making the pedestrian crossing where she was killed a safer place for all travelers.

Mariah Danforth-Moore was struck and killed as she crossed the road on Nov. 20, 2011. Her parents, Lisa Moore and Stephen Danforth, traveled to Honolulu to take part today in an awareness-raising safety event, sponsored by Farmers Insurance in conjunction with Honolulu Police Department, at HPU’s Hawaii Loa Campus, where the accident took place.

Mariah’s parents are donating $20,000 to help establish the fund – an amount being matched by both the university and the Hawai'i law firm of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, raising the initial amount of support for the Mariah Danforth-Moore Memorial Fund to $60,000.

“We are grateful, indeed, that even as the Moore-Danforth family continues to grieve the loss of Mariah, they are demonstrating such concern with the safety of other students and pedestrians at this intersection,” said HPU President Geoffrey Bannister. “I’m truly humbled by their generosity. Through their donation and the others it will undoubtedly inspire, we will make a difference for safety on this highway.”

Those interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Mariah Danforth-Moore Memorial Fund at HPU may do so online, via (choose the “Make a Gift Online” option, and specify “Mariah Danforth-Moore Memorial Fund” in the “Other/Comments” field of the giving form). Donors may also send checks made payable to Hawai'i Pacific University to: Hawai'i Pacific University, 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 307, Honolulu, HI 96813. Please write “Mariah Danforth-Moore” in the subject line.