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Hawaii soldier on surfboard dead after boat runs over him

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials say an Army soldier is dead after he was run over by a fishing boat.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says the soldier was on a surfboard just outside Waianae Boat Harbor Thursday morning when a 21-foot recreational powerboat leaving the harbor ran over him.

Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins says it’s not clear if the man was on the board or in the water when he was hit.

A commercial tour boat helped him back to shore. The soldier was staying at Waianae Rest Camp, an Army facility with recreational beach cabins.

The Honolulu Police Department is investigating. State Department of Land and Natural Resources officials will help with the investigation.

Officials didn’t identify the soldier. He was stationed at Fort Shafter in Honolulu.

Passport refusal kept slain son from vacationing with mother

HONOLULU (AP) — A 7-year-old boy who Hawaii authorities believe was killed by his father in a murder-suicide was supposed to be on a foreign vacation with his mother when the incident happened, but he was unable to secure a passport.

Gerald Aikau, the father, would not sign off on Reef Aikau’s passport, so he was not able to go on the summer vacation with his mother, Katherine Aikau. Both guardians must sign a child’s passport.

Authorities found the bodies of 42-year-old Gerald Aikau and Reef on Tuesday.

Reef was discovered in his bedroom, while Gerald Aikau was found dead outside the family’s home. Gerald Aikau was legendary waterman Eddie Aikau’s nephew.

A family member discovered Gerald Aikau’s body hanging from a tree and tried to resuscitate him but was unsuccessful, Myra Aikau said.

Both people suffered “multiple injuries” with the boy injured by a sharp object, police said.

Court documents show while applying for the passport Katherine Aikau wrote she had “immediate safety concerns” for Reef.

“I have an out of country trip planned for my son and I during his summer vacation,” she wrote. “(But the) plaintiff has refused to assist in processing passport paperwork.”

The two-parent consent law decreases the likelihood of a U.S. passport being used to kidnap a child, technically called international parental child abduction.

 

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