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Hauula man who died in head-on collision identified


    A roadside memorial was placed for Onipaa Paaaina, 32, who died on Saturday evening after a head-on collision along Kamehameha Highway near the intersection of Waiahole Homestead Road.

A 32-year-old Hauula man who died in a traffic accident on Kamehameha Highway in Waiahole Saturday night was identified as Onipaa Paaaina.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner Office’s identified Paaaina Sunday morning.

Paaaina was driving a pickup truck that struck a sedan at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Waiahole Homestead Road, according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

Paaaina was traveling northbound on Kamehameha Highway when he lost control of his vehicle and traveled into the southbound lane and collided with a sedan, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the sedan, a 39-year-old woman from California, was in stable condition with no apparent major injuries. She was wearing a seat belt, EMS said.

Paramedics also treated a 39-year-old woman and 46-year-old man and took them to the hospital in serious condition. The woman had apparent abdominal and lower back injuries, and chest pain. She was in the passenger seat and was wearing a seat belt. The man was wearing a seat belt in the back seat and was treated for pain in the lower left side.

Police shut down Kamehameha Highway in both directions while they investigated the crash.

Drugs appear to be a contributing factor, police said, but it’s unknown if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

This is Oahu’s 46th traffic fatality this year compared to 43 at the same time last year.

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  • Brah, chill out. Nobody cares how you feel. Agreed that it’s selfish to put others in danger like that but family and friends may be reading your posts. Let them grieve without you being an a@@

  • Morimoto, there are family members who should be shown aloha. Your tasteless comments are uncalled for.
    Condolences to those who are affected, and wishes for healing to those who have been injured.

    SA readers, comments that are not in good taste can be reported by the readers:
    Guidelines state:…”comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks…. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email

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