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Samaritan surfers team up to save a woman at China Walls

  • The sea appeared calm, occasional 2-foot waves rolling in, when Kalei Kolivas jumped 6 feet into the water from the black lava rock and coral ledge that gave the spot, China Walls, its name. Little did she know she would have died that day if not for the help of two surfers in the area.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Jesse Yonover, left, Kai Parsa, Kalei Kolivas, Lily Parsa and Sean Parsa, the twins’ father, met Monday at China Walls, where the two men saved Kolivas in the water Sept. 1, after she nearly drowned in a sudden set of big waves.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A wave hits China Walls, where it’s easy to jump into the water but harder to climb out safely at the surf and fishing spot at Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai.

The sea appeared calm, occasional 2-foot waves rolling in, when Kalei Kolivas jumped 6 feet into the water from the black lava rock and coral ledge that gave the spot, China Walls, its name. Read more

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