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Man killed in ATV accident near Kualoa Ranch

KUALOA RANCH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

KUALOA RANCH (HawaiiNewsNow) - The community is stunned by the loss of a religious leader who also worked at Kualoa Ranch for decades.

Abraham Akau Sr. was killed on Saturday after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a car near Kualoa Ranch. 

The 81-year-old, who neighbors call "Uncle Abe," was a former foreman at the ranch for over 50-years and lived across the street from the facility's entrance. 

According to police, Akau was driving a 4-wheeled ATV north on Kamehameha Highway at approximately 11:00 a.m. when he attempted to turn left into Kualoa Ranch ahead of a tour bus traveling in the same direction. He reportedly failed to recognize oncoming traffic and collided with a blue four-door Saturn sedan. 

Upon impact Akau was ejected from the seat of his vehicle and crashed into the windshield of the Saturn. He was transported in extremely critical condition to Castle Medical Center, where he later died. 

Police say he was not wearing a helmet. Speed and alcohol are not believed to have been factors in the crash.

The driver of the Saturn, a woman in her forties who was not injured in the crash, reportedly knew the victim.

"Apparently they know each other," said Lt. Robert Towne of the Honolulu Police Department. "I guess he was a pastor at a church she used to attend.

Traffic in the Kaneohe-bound direction was rerouted through the Kualoa Ranch bypass road while police officials conducted an investigation.

Though he no longer worked at the ranch, Akau was a regular visitor to the complex and a welcome sight to employees and community members alike. Friends of Akau tell HawaiiNewsNow that he was a true man of God. Not only was he the Senior pastor for "His Highest Praise" in Ka'a'awa. but he took the time to nurture many of the kids who worked on the ranch.

"Even though he's been retired for some years, he still goes there daily, I think, to help out," said Lt. Towne. "Apparently everybody knows him here, he's been at the ranch forever, so I know he will be deeply missed."

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