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UPDATE: Statements Made After
Death of Mauian in Zipline Mishap

Updated 11:21 AM HST, September 23, 2011
Posted 10:30 PM HST, September 21, 2011

By Wendy Osher

Zipline file photo.

A zipline tower collapse in Puaka’a on Hawai’i Island claimed the life of a Maui man, and left another man hospitalized with critical injuries.

Hawai’i Island Police say the 36-year-old Maui man fell 200 feet to his death in the incident.  According to police reports, he was in the process of testing the line, and had traveled about halfway across the 2,300-foot span when the collapse occurred.

Officials with Experiential Resources Inc. (ERi) called the incident a “construction accident,” saying the company was working on a new course at the Lava Hotline just outside of Hilo, Hawai’i.

The two men had just made an adjustment to the line and were in the process of testing it when the accident occurred, police said.

The 43-year-old Ohio man, who was standing on the tower when it collapsed, fell about 30 feet. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was last listed in critical condition with multiple internal injuries.

ERi President, John White, said the company and its workers were “deeply saddened,” by the incident.  “The ERi family extends our heartfelt sympathy and aloha to the family and friends of our employees,” he said.

ERi designs and builds adventure courses, canopy tours and zipline courses around the world, and was contracted to construct the zipline involved in the accident.  ERi’s sister company GoZip, LLC is the tour operator of the award winning Kapalua Adventures on Maui and Bay View Zipline in Kaneohe on O’ahu.

The company has erected over 1,000 zipline spans in 40 states and 12 countries, according to its website.

KapohoKine Adventures, the company that books tours at the Honolii Mountain Outpost, also offered condolences following the accident saying, “our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of those affected.”

“We appreciate the outpouring of support received from the community through phone calls and emails, and will share all of them with everyone directly affected,” said Gary Marrow, owner of KapohoKine Adventures.

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  • John Thee

    very little information is available for the safety of ziplines

    • John I

      and the little we see here indicates they are NOT.

      • Mike

        The man who died was Ted Callaway. He was a good friend of mine. He will be missed.

  • Zipline employee

    Any zipline owners/managers who care about safety construct their zipline according to the standards of the ACCT. Here’s some info about them from "Zip-Line Blog":

    In an effort to explore who is monitoring and assuring your safety while zip lining, today we will look at the The Association for Challenge Course Technology otherwise known as the ACCT.
    Comprised of operators, builders, trainers and owners from a variety of countries, the ACCT is devoted to setting the standards for this relatively new industry. Recognized as the leading professional resource, this association of over 1,600 responsible individuals is leading the way when it comes to zip line safety.
    With many insurance companies referring to their model in underwriting guidelines, they have obviously made quite an impact on regulating these businesses springing up around the world.
    In almost every relevant court case, their standards are regarded as being a reliable foundation of reference.
    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has given their “thumbs up” to the ACCT and their accreditation is now firmly in place behind their standards.

  • PickyPicky

    Around the word? Which word?

    • xenubarb

      Haven’t you heard?

  • guess

    KapohoKine Adventure had another zipline line course up at umauma falls that was illegally built about year ago so the state made them shut it down. That the reason why they built this new zipline above in Puaka’a. My heart felt sympathy and aloha goes out to the Family and friends of the employees.

  • not a guess

    The posting above is NOT correct. The zipline at Umauma was never shut down by the state and continues to operate. Kapohokine was managing the Umauma course but had a falling out with the owner. Kapohokine decided to build their own course and during construction they spread rumors that Umauma was "closed for the season" or "closed due to safety concerns." Neither was true, and the Umauma zipline course continues to operate without Kapohokine.

  • Mike

    Is the 8 line Kapohokine zipline operating again now?…if not when will it be running again?

  • http://www.journeytothejungle.com/ziplineadventure/flightofgibbon.html Zip line tours

    I think if you are going for any adventurous tour then you should keep this in mind that this may be risky, however those tour operator  should also offer some level of safety measures.