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Man who fell from cliff near UH dorms is a student

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:04 a.m. HST, Sep 12, 2013

A 22-year-old man who fell from a 30- to 40-foot cliff near the Hale Aloha dorms early Sunday morning is a University of Hawaii Manoa student and police believe no foul play was involved, according to university officials and a police spokeswoman.

Honolulu police said the incident is not classified as a crime.

Elmer Kaai Jr., UH Manoa's interim director of Advancement and Government Affairs, said the man fell from a cliff near a location known as Manoa Walk, between the Gateway House and Frear Hall leading to the Hale Aloha complex. He said the ledge where the student fell off is clearly visible and fenced off.

"All UHM students, faculty and staff are aware of the danger if they proceed beyond the fenced off area," Kaai said in an email statement.

An initial report from paramedics said the victim is 20 years old and was taken to the hospital in serious condition after the 1:30 a.m fall. However, police later reported that the victim is 22 years old and that he went to the hospital in good condition.

Kaai said, at this time, no disciplinary referrals for alcohol or drug use were made in connection with the incident.

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mikethenovice wrote:
Must be a new class, Gravity 101?
on September 11,2013 | 06:13PM
iwanaknow wrote:
And his name is and from where?
on September 11,2013 | 08:42PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I can already hear the gears going in the heads of attorneys looking to make money off of this tragic case. A lawsuit against the state for not placing big enough signs for people to see would not surprise me. Anyone wagering the amounts in millions?
on September 11,2013 | 09:13PM
droid wrote:
It’s not the first time this has happened. The makai side of the International Gateway House dorm is a straight drop from the Dole Street level all the way down to the soccer field. The fact that Gateway was closed for renovations and only reopened a year ago may have led to the dangers of the area being less known to new students.

The event has faded quickly in the history, but a little more than a dozen years ago, a student fell from a Gateway balcony to his death. At least this kid survived.
on September 12,2013 | 10:27AM
lokela wrote:
Guess he didn't see the fenced off area. Sad.
on September 12,2013 | 06:47AM
goodday wrote:
even though he had to jump it
on September 12,2013 | 07:26AM
juscasting wrote:
I heard it's the perfect place to grow your stash...they get the raising and setting sun.
on September 12,2013 | 12:29PM
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