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Emotional tribute for Maui athlete killed in crash

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HANA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Holding on to each other, with their heads down, the Hana High School boys volleyball team fought back tears before their final game of the season.

Noticeably absent, starting outside hitter Isaiah Pu-Akima.

The 17-year old died in fiery crash along the Hana Highway.  He was driving home late Wednesday after a night of pig hunting with a friend, when Pu-Akima apparently fell asleep at the wheel.  His Toyota Rav-4 went over the cliff near the Lower Keanae Road and burst into flames. 

The passenger, 18-year old Samuel Keohuhu, was able to jump out of the SUV as it was tumbling down and then climb to safety. 

Pu-Akima was also a standout football player.

After a moment of silence, the rest of his team was able to rally and beat Seabury Hall in three straight sets.  Both teams joined together to rally around Pu-Akima's family.  His mother, wiped tears from her eyes throughout the game, his younger brother, wore his number 2 jersey. 

Pu-Akima was one of only 15 in the school's senior class and the loss is devastating.

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