Man dies in Kona of apparent drowning

Police are investigating a possible drowning involving a 31-year-old man from Pahoa that occurred Sunday morning off the shore of Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona.

On Sunday at 10:54 a.m., Kona patrol officers and Hawaii Fire Department personnel responded to that area of Ali‘i Drive to a report of a possible drowning.


Officers were advised that the unidentified male was observed submerged in the ocean approximately 50 feet to 100 feet from Ali‘i Drive, police said. Witnesses in the area stated that the male had not come up for air for over 10 minutes, and no witness observed any dive equipment with him.

HFD personnel arrived on the scene and removed the unresponsive male from the water. He was was transported to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased on Sunday.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation to determine the exact cause of death. No foul play is suspected at this time.

The identity of the male is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact Kona Patrol Officer Elijah Won at (808) 935-3311 or by e-mail at

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