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Fallen hiker was popular Waianae High teacher

Michael Anderson Michael Anderson
Kelvin Endo Kelvin Endo

MAKAHA (HawaiiNewsNow) - We now know the identity of the man who died while hiking near Makaha. He was a popular teacher from Waianae High School.

Michael Anderson was hiking on Friday when it started raining. A friend he was with said Anderson fell 200 feet down a ledge.

Anderson was recruited by Teach For America and worked at Waianae the past three and a half years.

"Sometimes he would have a math problem and the kids would gather front," said friend and colleague Kelvin Endo. "It was a football game. Two teams and a certain phase of the problem was they got so many yards. So he did all kind of innovative ways to engage the kids. It was extraordinary."

On Facebook, a student wrote, "Mr. Anderson was the best teacher ever. He was a friend to all of his students and did everything he could to make our experiences in class the best ever. Some of my best memories at Waianae High School are because of him."

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