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Onomea Information Update for August 8th, 2020

One person drowns in the Kawainui Stream in Onomea Saturday evening (August 8th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo and Holualoa) Team


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to report of a possible drowning at the Kawainui Stream in Onomea Saturday evening (August 8th).

The initial call came in at 6:47 pm Saturday evening and HFD crews from the Central, Waiakea (Rescue Company 2), and Haihai Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 and HPD officers from the South Hilo Patrol responded to the scene located at the Kawainui Stream bridge on Old Mamalahoa Highway in Onomea, South Hilo.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders reporting a male (described to be his 20's) was with a group of friends and reported to have jumped into the Kawainui Stream and failed to resurface following the jump. Other members in the group immediately began a search of the stream following the jump and another went to call for help and await the arrival of emergency crews.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD immediately conducted a search of the stream and river banks. HFD crews located the male victim and brought him back to river banks located 50 feet below the Kawainui Stream bridge. Once on shore, HFD Medics immediately began life-saving measures and worked to extricate the patient to Old Mamalahoa Highway.

Once extricated to the roadway, HFD Medics later continued all life-saving measures, however, later ceased all measures and declared the male victim DOA (Dead-On-Arrival) at the scene.

Once that determination was made, the scene and investigation were turned over to HPD, where they are continuing to investigate the incident.

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