Nuuanu Woman Killed By Boulder

Published: Aug. 9, 2002 at 8:44 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 12, 2011 at 6:44 PM HST
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26-year old Dara Rei Onishi died early this morning when a boulder crashed into her Nuuanu home. Now, those closest to her mourn and wonder whether this tragedy could have been prevented.

"Three of us were just sort of shaken out of bed by the rumbling before the crash."

In the dark of night, tragedy literally crashed into Patrick Onishi's home. A boulder tore into the Henry Street house killing his 26-year-old daughter while she slept.

"We're doing our best. We're trying to cope with it. We haven't caught up with our feelings yet," says Patrick.

Estimated at five tons, the boulder wove a zig-zag trail down the Nuuanu cliffside just before 2:00 a.m. slamming into the bedroom of Dara Rei Onishi.

"She was a very enthusiastic person. She had a deep desire to experience life," says Patrick.

Dara followed in her father's footsteps working for the city. While he was once planning director, she served in the administration's offices.

"She's been working very hard. This effort of going to work fulltime was really to be able to pay for her college."

With their rear bedrooms destroyed there is work to keep the Onishi family occupied, but thoughts of rebuilding can wait. Now it's time to remember.

"We're just looking at the positive side of this. She gave us 26 years of highs and she was a very accomplished person."