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Outrigger Hotels manager killed by suspected drunken driver

Ray Kanemori Ray Kanemori
David Carey David Carey

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email 

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A beloved manager at Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has become the fourth pedestrian killed on Oahu in 2010.

The hotel chain is mourning the sudden death of an employee, who had been with the company for 36 years. Police say the driver who hit him was intoxicated.

The shattered glass told the story of a extreme impact between a car and a pedestrian. Investigators believe Elwyn Keomaka II, 28, was driving under the influence at about 11:20 pm on Monday, when his car, which was traveling the wrong way on a street in Waikiki, slammed into Ray Kanemori.

"Walina Street is one way makai bound," Lt. Darren Izumo, Honolulu Police Department, said. "This vehicle was going mauka bound and struck a pedestrian who was crossing the street."

Kanemori, 61, was a guest services manager for Outrigger Hotels.

"What's tough about this is Ray is a 36-year employee and pretty much everybody in the company knows him," David Carey, Outrigger Enterprises president, said. "He's one of these personalities that has an absolutely infectious smile."

Co-workers say Kanemori had just gotten off work at the Ohana East and was walking to his car, which was parked at the Ohana West. The two hotels are steps from each other and overlook the crash site.

"It's tough when somebody goes, especially when it's one of these circumstances out of the box where there's really some behavior that shouldn't have happened," Carey said, referring to the driver of the car. "It's not just somebody who didn't notice or didn't see. It was really something that shouldn't have happened."

Just two-and-a-half weeks into 2010, there have been five deadly crashes. Four involved pedestrians.

Carey and his leadership team met with grieving employees to offer support and counseling.

"The message that we've left was let's try to celebrate the jolly personality that Ray reflected in his daily life and try to remember the good things," Carey said. "It's really easy to say, really hard to do."

Police say Kanemori was not in a crosswalk.

His wife, Camille, also works at Outrigger Hotels as a guest services representative. He also leaves behind two sons.

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