The people of Molokai are grieving over the tragic loss of one of their own since learning of the accidental death Saturday of Cami Naehu.
Details of the motorcycle crash that killed Naehu, 33, were released yesterday by Hawaii News Now. According to police, Naehu was traveling east on Kamehameha V Highway just before 5 p.m., near Kealanui Ohina Place just east of the Ualapue area around mile marker 14.
The police reported that the motorcycle crossed the center line, ending up on the westbound shoulder of the road. Once on the shoulder, Naehu traveled up a small berm and collided into a tree. Police say Naehu was wearing a helmet.
She was taken to the Molokai General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Police are investigating speed and alcohol as factors in the crash.
Naehu, who was related to both the Naehu and Dudoit ‘ohanas on Molokai, was a popular local. Growing up on Molokai, Naehu was part of an ‘ohana known for its paniolo tradition. She was known as a rodeo queen as well as a canoe paddler for local clubs. She worked the bar Hotel Molokai where her bubbly and lively personality was well known by most customers.
This is Maui County’s 15th fatality of 2012 as compared to six at this same time last year.