17-year-old found dead at Kapena Falls in Nuuanu

A teenager who died at Kapena Falls on Monday has been identified as 17-year-old Leighton Mow of Honolulu.

Firefighters recovered his body from the bottom of the pond at the falls in Nuuanu Valley.

The tragic accident happened in an area off Pali Highway, just below Wylie Street. A short trail leads down to Kapena Falls.

According to police, Mow went to Kapena Falls with some friends on Monday at about 9 a.m.

Police said the teen, like many other visitors, jumped off the ledge and into the pond.

Mow’s friends thought he got out of the water, but he never made it back to the ledge. That was around 10:30 a.m.

The friends searched the area, but couldn’t find him on their own, so they called police, who in turn called firefighters for help.

At about 3:30 p.m., firefighters found the Mow’s body at the bottom of the pond. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Some of his baseball teammates at Moanalua High School and their parents brought flowers to the area Monday night after hearing what had happened.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances, and they’ve classified the case as an unattended death.

The school will hold a prayer ceremony at the end of the school day on Tuesday.



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