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Man who died after canoe overturned is identified


A 50-year-old Kihei man died after his one-man canoe overturned off Sugar Beach in Kihei Tuesday night.

Maui County Police identified the victim as Darin Kobatake, of Kihei.

A stand-up paddle boarder heard Kobatake yelling and saw him in the water with the canoe overturned at about 6 p.m.

By the time the paddle boarder reached him, Kobatake was unconscious, police said.

The paddle boarder started CPR and the Coast Guard located them about a mile offshore and took them to Maalaea Harbor.

But despite more lifesaving efforts, Kobatake was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of Kobatake’s death.

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