Man dies at waterfall
KAPAHI Tourists flocked to Hoopii Falls Friday afternoon to enjoy the warm sunshine dancing across cool river water cascading over rocks blanketed in deep-green moss under a canopy of ancient trees. Only the flies seemed to notice two crimson puddles on the rocks downstream.
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Nice writing Caleb!
The typical self serving story expressing underlying mockery, hostility and general disdain for “tourists,” without any regards to the surviving family members in grief. Written by a “local.”
Who moved to the island from somewhere else, just like everyone else. And now looks down upon the dead from their throne of judgment, arrogance and narcissism.
B, thank you for voicing what I could not put into words. Unfortunately it seems that the writer of this article would prefer to up his career by writing this like a bad horror story instead of a tragic accident and have no empathy for the family and friends of the gentleman that died. Instead of treating the man with respect and dignity, he pokes fun at the way he passed away and adds gasoline to the pain of family and friends. Instead of learning about the gentlemen, he paints him as a idiot who basically had it coming. Tourist or not, he didn’t deserve to die that way although he did pass away doing something he loved. In the future I hope the writer of this article can find compassion for the family and friends of a person killed and not degrade them as a person. They are after all human.
Great article. I enjoyed the pictures you’ve painted in my mind with your writing. Funny enough , I was there last week and jumped in a couple times. At one point someone else dived in head first. That’s a Darwin Award for sure
“Well, that is the difference between actually being there and not,” I remarked to my friend after I read your article. Caleb, I read your article looking for the name of the man who lost his life the same day that I visited the falls. I would like to say that I find this article to be insensitive. It robs the human being who lost his life that day of the dignity he deserves by both sensationalizing what happened for the sake of this article and it minimizes the effect that this day had on the ones who loved this individual and who lost a friend that day. There is no mention in your article about the fact that this man’s life could have been spared had it been clearly posted that the land where this man died is private property, sadly information learned after the fact. There is no mention of the fact that the medical staff risked their lives trying to save this man. It enrages me that you were even able to conduct the interviews that you used for this article. You really want to write a story, write about this: Why were you or anyone else able to get back to the falls the very next day? Why are tourists, especially families with small children, STILL able to go to these falls? The memory of this day will be with me forever. And unfortunately, so will the memory of this article. Please don’t forget your own humanity when you write your stories, Caleb. It will make you an even better writer. Thank you for including his name, John Daniel St. John from Georgia.