I visited Manoa Falls the other evening and found that friends of 19-year-old Kristi Takanishi had also visited recently and left a lei and a small memorial near the spot at the base of the falls where she was fatally injured in a tragic accident. It’s a heart-breaking story. So young, so full of life, just starting out. Gone so quickly.
She and a friend had apparently climbed to the small pool above the main falls, and she somehow lost her balance and fell to the shallow rock-filled pool below. Manoa Falls is actually a small cascade of falls, but the upper falls can only be seen from a distance.
I didn’t know her, but I shed a tear just the same. I’m sure many people will think of her whenever they visit the falls. I will too.