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Washington Man Pulled From Waters at Kāʻanapali

October 26, 2014, 7:50 PM HST
* Updated October 27, 7:27 AM
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Kāʻanapali, miscellaneous accident. Maui Now graphic.

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By Wendy Osher

***Follow up story: Mayor responds to public question about why there are no lifeguards at Pu’u Keka’a “Black Rock” during this week’s Ask The Mayor column.

Rescue crews were unable to revive a visitor who was pulled from waters north of Pu’u Keka’a or Black Rock in Kāʻanapali on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 26, 2014, officials said.

Maui police have since identified the man as Alva Sanders, 80, of Kennewick, Washington.

The incident was reported at around 12:08 p.m.


According to department reports, firefighters and ocean safety personnel responded to a report of a missing swimmer, last seen north of Pu’u Keka’a, about 20 feet off the pier.


Fire officials say two surf ski paddlers who found the man about 100 yards from shore, yelled for help to an activity kiosk on shore.  UFO Parasailing responded by assigning a Zodiac boat to assist in bringing the man to shore, officials said.

Once on shore, attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Maui Police.

Police say a preliminary investigation revealed that Sanders appeared to be in distress and was brought into shore by bystanders.


Cause of death has not been determined is pending autopsy results.

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