Pepeekeo cliff faller identified


Big Island police identified the man who died Sunday after falling off a Pepeekeo cliff as 24-year-old Keylan Sato of Honolulu.

Police are investigating this public accident and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Responding to the 11:24 a.m. call, rescue personnel found the man unresponsive on a rocky beach near the shoreline access off Loa Road. Four of the victim’s friends were on the scene. They reportedly witnessed the man trying to climb down the cliff to the beach and fall, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department.

Sato had severe traumatic injuries and was in full cardiac arrest. Emergency Medical Services personnel attempted advanced life support resuscitation while transporting him to Hilo Medical Center via ambulance, the Fire Department said.

Sato was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. Sunday at Hilo Medical Center, police said.