HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Family identified the man killed Wednesday in a work-related accident in Makiki as a longtime Hokulea crew member and a father of five.
Dean Kealoha Hoe was 55.
Police say workers were using a sewage pump in the basement of an apartment complex when Hoe fell into the sewer. It happened just before noon at the Fountains at Makiki on Kewalo Street.
Fire crews extricated the victim and he was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
HFD said he was working with one other man who was not in the same area.
“He will be sorely missed but the ohana finds peace and hope in their faith, knowing that they will be reunited with him once again,” Hoe’s family said in a statement.
Hoe was a 20-year sea voyaging veteran who began sailing with Polynesian Voyaging Society on the Rapa Nui Voyage of 1999.
Friends say while on the Hokulea, he was a valued leader and watch captain who provided the crucial skills to keep the voyages safe.
“He provided the inspiration and mana for carrying Hokulea’s values and its promise to protect what he loved: Hawaiian culture, oceans, land and the education of our keiki,” said Nainoa Thompson, in a statement on behalf of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.