Motorcycle accident takes life of Cami Naehu, 33

| June 26, 2012 | 7 Comments

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.

Cami Naehu at Hotel Molokai. Photo courtesy of Rick Schonely.


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.

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  1. Kilani says:

    That’s interesting, I am also related to the Dudoit ohana on Moloka`i. Well, that’s not the reason for my writing this.
    Cami asks me to write this because she wants her ohana to know that it was just “an accident” because she knows how to handle a motorcycle (her words). She was trying to avoid something on the road (like a small animal) & lost control. It has nothing to do with alcohol & wants her ohana to dismiss that notion. She doesn’t want the grieving to be worse than it should be. Her friends & family know her better than anyone.
    She sends her love & will ALWAYS be around. She knows her beloved can see & feel her.
    Malama pono, malama kou kino, malama ke akua!
    Hui O `Anela

  2. Heather says:

    I’m sorry to hear that something and someone real aren’t important enough to report correctly the details of in their hometown paper. These incorrect mentions of alcohol and the helmet and all of it make it seem negligent, not the true accident that it was. It’s so disrespectful to her family and memory, I hope a correction after some actual fact digging is released by this paper. The color photo at least is appreciated greatly. – a friend of a friend

    • molokainews says:

      The facts reported in the story come from the Maui County Police Department. If you have information that contradicts this report, please email the details to: themolokainews@gmail.com and I will make the necessary corrections. Mahalo!

      • CAMI NAEHU WAS MY COUSIN….AND YES I AGREE GET THE DAMN FACTS FIRST AND TELL THE TRUE STORY. IT IS SO EASY TO SAY WHATEVER JUST TO GET A STORY OUT. IT IS DISRESPECTFUL TO THE FAMILY INDEED…..WE ARE ALL ALREADY GRIEVING PLEASE HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR THE FAMILY.

        • molokainews says:

          The story does not say “whatever.” The story explains the accident as it was reported by the Maui County Police Department. If any of these facts are incorrect please send a clarifying email to themolokainews@gmail.com and the appropriate corrections will be made. Mahalo!

          • Heather says:

            Don’t do a story on a “possibly alcohol-involved crash” NOT EVEN FACTUAL!!! – Call the family, re-call the accident investigators, THIS NEWSPAPER is supposed to RESEARCH and report stories, DO HER JUSTICE!!!!! It’s a small community and your “reporting” leaves Cami in a bad light, with horrible assumptions to be made. The photo is great, now she deserves a proper memorial and FACTS and comments from loved ones on what really happened. What the police department released, give me a break. They’re doing their job which isn’t to report news and all this hometown paper can do is one measly quote from them? The police made initial assumptions that haven’t been verified and you’re just spreading that misery around. Go out and call people who care!!!

  3. molokainews says:

    I’m not sure what you mean. This story never called it a “possibly alcohol-involved crash.” Why are you using quotation marks if it was never stated that way! The police investigators have not released any new information other than what is stated in the story. Again, if you or anyone else has additional information on the details of the accident, please email themolokainews@gmail.com and I will verify any leads with the law enforcement investigators. I understand that this is a difficult time for Cami’s friends and family and I will do everything possible to make sure the facts of this accident are reported accurately.

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