Darin Kobatake, a 50 year-old Kihei resident, died Tuesday evening after a paddling session off Sugar Beach in North Kihei.
Maui Police report that – at around 6 p.m. – a stand-up paddler in the vicinity heard yelling in the water from behind him. Turning around, he observed the one-man outrigger canoe huli (capsized). Kobatake was already unconscious by the time the SUP paddler reached him.
The SUP good samaritan began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and called 9-1-1. All while still offshore. MPD says the Coast Guard located the two paddlers about a mile offshore and transported them to Ma’alaea Harbor. Despite the heroic life-saving efforts, Kobatake was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further details about Kobatake’s condition have been made available. An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.