Hawaii born soldier dies in Iraq

Eugene Kanakaole and his niece Lily Gayou
Eugene Kanakaole and his niece Lily Gayou

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) - A Hawaii born soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom has died.

The Department of Defense says 19-year-old Private Eugene Kanakaole of Maui died June 11 in Balad Iraq, of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident.

He was assigned to the 87th Engineer Company, 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

The incident is under investigation.