New York woman dies in apparent drowning in South Kohala

A 46-year-old woman visiting from New York apparently drowned Wednesday morning in South Kohala.

The woman has been positively identified as Elizabeth L. Grace of Loudonville, New York, according to police.


At 8:52 a.m., South Kohala patrol officers responded to a report of a possible drowning off of the 68-1300 block of South Kaniku Drive.

When officers arrived on scene, the victim was being tended to by Hawaii Fire Department and medical personnel.

Police learned that Grace had been snorkeling when she started experiencing difficulties and was brought to shore by a bystander. Grace was transported to Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:14 a.m.

Police have begun a coroner’s inquest and ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. No foul play is suspected.

Police ask anyone with any information regarding this incident to please contact South Kohala District Sergeant Keith Nacis at (808) 887-3080, or via email at

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