Montana Man Dies, Teen Daughter Rescued at “Olivine Pools” on Maui

March 28, 2018, 6:09 AM HST · Updated March 28, 9:25 AM
Wendy Osher · 79 Comments

MFD (File: 1.23.17) “Olivine Pools” in Kahakuloa, Maui

A 46-year-old man from Whitefish, Montana died after he jumped in the ocean to save his 15-year-old daughter who was swept in by a wave at the “Olivine Pools” in Kahakuloa on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident was reported at 12:37 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.  Fire officials say the teen was standing near the water’s edge when a large wave washed her into the ocean.  Her father jumped in and was able to get the girl back to the rocky cliff, where bystanders used towels as a makeshift rope to pull the girl onto the rocky ledge.

When witnesses looked back for the man, he was seen floating face down and unresponsive, according to department reports.

The fire department’s Air-1 helicopter and lifeguards on rescue watercraft arrived on scene at 12:58 p.m. to find the male victim floating face down about 40 feet from the rocky shoreline.


The man was airlifted to the Kahekili Highway where firefighters began CPR. Paramedics arrived a short time later and continued advanced lifesaving measures; however, despite all efforts the man could not be revived and died at the scene.

The female teen suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released to family members at the scene.

The man’s death marks the 16th water related fatality this year on Maui.


Firefighters from Nāpili, a Kahului rescue crew, and a Lahaina rescue boat responded to the incident. Lifeguards from DT Fleming Beach Park also responded.

Below is a list of other rescues Maui Now has covered along the NW Maui coastline:

Feb. 21, 2018: Body Recovered from Base of Nākālele Cliff
July 29, 2017: Canadian Visitor Dies, Swept into Ocean at Nākālele, Maui
June 28, 2017: Waiehu Man Critically Inured in Opihi Picking Accident
Feb. 7, 2017: Visitor Airlifted from “Olivine Pools” on Maui
Jan. 23, 2017: Utah Visitor Missing After Wave Sweeps Two off Rocks
July 17, 2016: Three Visitors Airlifted from Maui’s “Olivine Pools”
May 29, 2016: Maui Woman Survives 60 Foot Fall From Nākālele Cliff
Oct. 27, 2015: Visitor Airlifted From Nakalele Blowhole
Sept. 11, 2015: Maui Blowhole Video Prompts Reminder of Outdoor Risks
Feb. 16, 2015: Kahului Teens Die in Apparent Drowning Near Honokōhau
Jan. 13, 2014: Two Fishermen Airlifted in Rescue off of “Olivine Pools”
Oct. 2, 2013: California Man Dead After 30-Foot Fall at Nākālele, Maui
Nov. 26, 2012: Visitor Rescued From Steep Trail in Kahakuloa
April 3, 2012: Woman Seriously Injured by Wave at Nakalele Tide Pools
Dec. 31, 2011: Body of Fisherman Recovered From West Maui Waters
July 9, 2011: Search Suspended for Man who Fell into Maui Blowhole

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Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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