Visitor dies after snorkeling in waters off Pine Trees

HANALEI — A 20-year-old male visitor has died after he became distressed while snorkeling in waters off Waioli Beach Park, also known as Pine Trees, in Hanalei on Thursday.

His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m., first responders were notified of the distressed snorkeler.

Responding lifeguards found the man unresponsive in the water, and brought him to shore where they began administering CPR. Hanalei firefighters arrived on scene and continued resuscitation efforts. Additionally, a visiting doctor who was at the beach during the time of the incident also provided assistance.

American Medical Response medics arrived at the scene and provided advanced life support. The man regained a pulse while in transit to Wilcox Medical Center. However, he remained at the hospital in critical condition, and later died from his injuries Thursday night.

An autopsy is pending.


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  1. arbitrary April 19, 2019 2:43 pm Reply

    Will you build walls and fences around beaches now? for safety of course…

  2. mina April 19, 2019 5:11 pm Reply

    this averages out to one drowning per week since the year began on Kauai. What the heck is going on. Why have we all of a sudden set a record for drownings?

    1. Melissa April 20, 2019 9:43 pm Reply


    2. Andrew Strack April 21, 2019 2:13 am Reply

      We visited for the first time in February. We are accustomed to the beaches in Florida and were not prepared for the rocks, cliffs and waves that your beaches offer. We left with a new respect for the ocean and your island.

  3. Major Lee Hung April 20, 2019 11:05 am Reply

    People on vacation tend to either leave their brains at home or seriously underestimate their abilities.

  4. Cynthia April 20, 2019 4:28 pm Reply

    We really need to get a 7 min video educating the tourists on their flight to Kauai that this is not Disneyland. This is not go do all the things you haven’t kept fit for.. and be safe in the water. Keep the floaters off the kids teach them to crawl on the ground to shore if they get in the waves.. Safety safety and be Safe!

  5. Melissa April 20, 2019 9:41 pm Reply

    Is Alcohol involved?

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