O‘ahu man drowns at Hanakapi‘ai Beach
LIHU‘E — An O‘ahu man died Sunday afternoon of an apparent drowning while swimming at Hanakapi‘ai Beach in Ha‘ena.
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Hanakapiai beach crowded? What a shame. It’s always been a dangerous beach, but the long and somewhat difficult hike to get there was enough of a deterrent to keep it secluded and sparsely occupied.
When I was there in the 70’s, the chopper brought in another drowning…..
It wasn’t crowded. My wife and I were there. There were less than ten people on the beach proper. I was near the river by the trail. We talked with both survivors. One was hyper fit and almost saved the lost man. The third guy was young and just wanted to help. He was lucky to make it back to shore. The fit guy guided him back in. The waves were high and crossing in all directions. Classic rip current situation. It took recovery 90 minutes to even start since there was no cell phone service.
So sorry for him and his family. I had a similar experience at Queens pond, went in with an inexperienced ocean swimmer and he couldn’t get back through the current, I stayed with him assisting to the point of exhaustion and would have died if not for two surferrs who came to our rescue. Never got a chance to thank them as I went into shock later and forgot their names but eternally grateful for there courage in paddling out.
My condolences to the family. Whether it was the 70’s before or after clearly this area has always been a treacherous area to navigate with high potential threat to life. No matter what region of the world were in, respect and Vigilance, should always be a factor at first approach. Nonetheless my heart breaks, and my thoughts and prayers are with those in loss and grieving.