Landfill employee in fatality named

KEKAHA — The Kauai County employee killed while working at the Kekaha landfill Sunday has been named. 

Gary Soto, 56, was operating a road grader about 8:55 a.m. when he died in what has been described as an industrial accident. No further details about the incident have been released.

On Monday, Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. issued a statement of condolence.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our county employee Gary Soto. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time,” Carvalho said. “It’s never easy when this type of thing happens, but we are providing our employees, particularly landfill employees, with support through the Employee Assistance Program and whatever else they need. We already had one session with them yesterday and will be doing more.”

The Kauai Police Department and the state Occupational Safety and Health division are investigating the incident; the county is conducting an internal investigation as well. County spokesperson Mary Daubert said she expects those investigations will take several weeks to complete.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.