State to pay $210,000 settlement for fatal Kaua‘i wreck

Editor’s Note: This is an installment in Honolulu Civil Beat’s occasional series, It’s Your Money, that looks more closely at public expenses that taxpayers may not realize they’re being asked to pay.

On a Friday night six years ago, Solomon Kuahiwinui and his two friends partied at Hanalei Bay beach park on Kaua‘i’s north shore, drinking and smoking weed.

The three men, all visiting from the Big Island, continued drinking at two nearby bars before jumping into Kuahiwinui’s SUV shortly after midnight.

Kuahiwinui, whose blood-alcohol-content was almost twice the legal limit, headed toward Princeville on Kuhio Highway. He missed the turn onto the Hanalei Bridge, plowed through a guardrail and plunged into the Hanalei River.


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