Hawaii suicides not higher at Christmas; but experts preach awareness

Dereck Pacatang committed suicide on Oct. 15, 2012. His sister Norene Cabuag said their family gets through the holidays by spending time together and remembering Dereck. (Courtesy photo / Norene Cabuag)

KAILUA-KONA — It’s been a little over six years since Norene Cabuag lost her brother Dereck Pacatang to suicide.