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“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”-John Donne, Meditations XVII
February 9, 2022
A long while ago you sent a note to my contact page:
“I want to introduce you to my homeless friend Kai, inventor, entrepreneur, activist. His heartfelt essays are really compelling writing. “
I don’t think I ever responded to this. Did I ever get back to you? This is really concerning since I have been actively looking for homeless artists for eight years and this contact page was my portal. If it’s broken then I need to fix it.
Thanks so much for writing to me. If you get a chance, please let me know if I got back to you.
February 9, 2022
Sadly Kai passed on. He was so distraught after surviving numerous homeless sweeps; lost an eye to infection; moved to Florida to live with his Mom; left because he did not want to burden her (she was raising his young step-siblings); went to DC to lobby Congress; was thwarted by Covid restrictions; went to New York. His Facebook pages got hacked losing most of his writing, although I think Youtube is still working. The hacking and loss of his work was a huge stumbling block for him and caused him to be in despair for the first time since I have known him. He died on the streets of New York. His little dog Savannah disappeared, and through a multi-state effort of volunteers was found, near death, treated and recovered her health and was returned to Kai’s mother and step-siblings in Florida.
His story, while sad is also inspiring and, I think defies so many myths about homelessness. He was not mentally ill, on drugs, lazy or impaired other than his affliction with Friedreichs Ataxia. He had been a successful businessman and homeowner before his illness. Even to his final days, he did homelessness in the most functional way possible and continually reached out to help other homeless with his videos and writing about how to survive and thrive under those circumstances. That homelessness defeated Kai, in the end, was such a shocking eye-opener. I always believed he would overcome his circumstances, but alas he could not.
One big issue that advocates here in Maui are bringing up to authorities is that one of the reasons that Kai remained homeless is that none of the shelters or housing programs would allow his beloved Savannah.
If you are on Facebook, you can join his memorial group https://www.facebook.com/groups/745957955995379/
This is his Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/thekhiman1-Robin knox
One of Kai’s friends, Tim Clark, Hawaiin Island Weddings, created a memorial video for Kai. Gene “Kai” Mooney was born on April 4, 1976, and died on November 1, 2020.