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Medical examiner IDs hikers who died after falling from Koolaus


  • The Honolulu Fire Department Helicopter arrives at Kamiloiki Park this morning to pick up a fire rescue crew and take them to Mariner's Ridge.(COURTESY RON HO)
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The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the hikers who died after falls on Oahu over the weekend.

The 70-year-old hiker who died Sunday after falling off a trail above Mariners Ridge was identified as Paul E. Yoon of Honolulu.

The Medical Examiner’s Office also identified the 23-year-old Kapolei woman who fell 300 feet while hiking near Kaaawa Saturday as Elizabeth Tarpay. Tarpay died after falling 300 feet from the Puu Mana­mana hiking trail above Kaa­awa on Saturday morning.

Yoon died from cranial/cervical spine injuries due to an accidental fall from a height, the Medical Examiner’s Office found. Paramedics said he fell 20 to 30 feet.

A fire spokesman said Yoon was hiking with a local hiking club.

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