State briefs for November 14

Man proposes to girlfriend while surfing on wave

HONOLULU — A man was surfing with his girlfriend when — instead of hanging 10 — he knelt down on one knee on his board and proposed.


Lauren Oiye said yes just before Chris Garth dropped the ring in the ocean.

Multiple photographers nearby captured the moment.

Luckily, he had a spare.

Garth said he knew it could go wrong, so he used a stand-in while they were out in the water. The real ring was on shore at Queen’s Beach in Waikiki, where the two met years before.

Family of man killed with machete sues Maui shopping center

WAILUKU, Maui — The family of a man killed in a machete attack is suing the Maui shopping center where the fatal assault happened for failing to provide adequate security.

The family of 35-year-old Eduardo Alejandro Cerezo filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului, Maui. The complaint filed for Cerezo’s mother and his minor child against QKC Maui Owner LLC, which owns the shopping center, seeks unspecified damages.

A jury convicted 24-year-old Kumulipo Sylva last month of manslaughter based on extreme mental or emotional disturbance.

Sylva’s defense attorney said he suffered from a mental disorder and was experiencing delusions when he attacked Cerezo, who was drinking alcohol in a public bathroom at the center with Kyle Keoho.

Cerezo’s killing was the third stabbing in a second-story bathroom at the mall since 2011, the lawsuit says.

In addition to QKC Maui Owner LLC, the defendants include property manager Pendulum Property Partners LLC and security company Universal Protection Service LP doing business as Allied Universal Security Services.


The lawsuit also targets Sylva and Maui County, which operates the Maui Bus service Sylva took to the shopping center.

The mall’s general manager and a spokeswoman for Allied Universal said in emails that their companies do not comment on pending litigation. Maui County spokesman Chris Sugidono also refused to comment on pending litigation.

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