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State briefs for December 6

Former NFL lineman’s death ruled accidental from drug use

HONOLULU — The death of a former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman last month has been ruled an accident, Hawaii authorities said.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office has determined that the cause of death for 38-year-old Vince Manuwai was acute ecstasy intoxication.

The University of Hawaii football standout died Nov. 4 after collapsing while moving into an apartment in Honolulu.

Recent cocaine use was also a significant factor in his death, the medical examiner’s office said.

The Jaguars chose Manuwai during the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons with the Florida team. He was also on the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad in 2012.

Manuwai went to the University of Hawaii after he graduated from Farrington High School in Honolulu in 1999. He became regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in the university’s history.

University football players honored Manuwai by wearing a green No. 65 on their helmets during a game on Nov. 17, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .

Manuwai is survived by six children.

Escaped work furlough inmate arrested in Waikiki

HONOLULU — Police arrested a 30-year-old furlough inmate in Waikiki after she was reported missing from the YWCA Fernhurst work furlough home in Makiki.

Kiana Kaauwai, a Women’s Community Correctional Center inmate who is in the extended furlough program, was reported missing from the furlough home just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety said she was not authorized to leave the site.

Kaauwai is serving time for first-degree burglary.

Police arrested her at or near the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger on Kalakaua Avenue at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree escape.

Waves up to 35 feet expected to pound north shores as high surf warning is extended

HONOLULU — A high surf warning continued for the north- and west-facing shores of isles from Niihau to Molokai, and for the north-facing shores of Maui on Wednesday, and remains in effect until 6 p.m. today.

Weather officials said a large northwest swell continues to travel northwest to southeast down the island chain, resulting in very large and dangerous surf along north- and west-facing shores.

Surf along the north- and west-facing shores of Niihau and Kauai, and north-facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui was expected to reach heights of 25 to 35 feet Wednesday, and ease to 20 to 25 feet today.

Surf along the west-facing shores of Oahu and Molokai was expected to reach heights of 18 to 24 feet Wednesday, lowering to 15 to 20 feet by today.

A high surf advisory for the north- and west-facing shores of the Big Island, with surf between heights of 6 and 15 feet, also remains in effect until 6 p.m. today.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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