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Tourist who drowned on Kauai is identified as Washington man

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:52 a.m. HST, Aug 04, 2013

A 54-year-old man who drowned in waters off Lydgate Beach Park last week was identified as Hom Shu, of Seattle, Wash., a Kauai County spokeswoman said.

Shu had been swimming in Morgan’s Ponds when he was found under water shortly before 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Paramedics took Shu to Wilcox Hospital in critical condition. He died Friday night.

This is Kauai’s fourteenth drowning so far this year. Many of the drownings have involved tourists.

There were eight drownings last year on Kauai.

In response to the increase in drownings on Kauai, officials began showing a water safety video in the baggage claim area of the Lihue Airport.

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cojef wrote:
Caddied at Wailua Golf Course when it was only a 9 holer near Lydgate Park. Walked all the way from Kapaa using the railway track as pathway during the summer and winter vacation periods in the late 30's. The waters off Lydgate Park was known for its treacherous under-currents so we stayed out of the water. Only the strong swimmers ventured into the waters. Also there was an ancient "Heiau" there and we used to camp along the beach near it. There is much mana there, so we were always respectful of the ground surrounding the area. Further down the beach towards Hanamaulu, where the extended 9 holes are currently located was formerly an old Hawaiian war battle grounds and if one walked along the beach front, many exposed bones and skulls would be visible, which back then we considered hallowed grounds. However, during WWII the US Marines arrived and much of the skulls an bones were bulldozed over to make way for their encampments.
on August 4,2013 | 11:36AM
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