Police probing fatal jump

Jun 21, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KPUA-AM Hilo

They say Shannon Alfapada died of head injuries Saturday after landing on rocks when he jumped off a bridge at Wailua Falls in Hana. via KPUA-AM Hilo

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wendy gonsalves

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Jul 10, 2007
 

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I love you shannon, and I will always be missing you, and you will always be in my heart. You were "solid", and a w onderful person to know. I'm glad to have known you and to have been a part of your life. They say the good die young..........I will always love you and never forget you. You were a blessing in my life and to anyone who truly knew you. it's not fair.
rest in peace
Claire

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What is not fair... Yea you cry over someone who was high and drunk. It's not fiar that Shannon died for nothing. Leaving children behind to suffer. Blessing? he ain't coming hoome drunk no more. Idiot!!!
Linita Taliauli

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Whoever you are CLAIRE, have a Heart. Yea he was high & drunk but have you ever thought about why he would do things like that? Maybe something in his life was bothering him & that was the Only way he could think of to cope with his problems. Look, I've never really got to meet him, but I KNOW that since the day I was born, he has been asking about me. If you don't catch on to what I'm saying, Shannon Alfapada is my Biological Father. & I just recently found that out. At the time of my birth, my Real Dad & Mom wasn't able to take care of me. & I understand that. So therefore, me & my Real Older Brother were being taken care of our family members. My mom who raised me gave my Real mom & dad a hard time. They wanted me back, but my mom who raised me had already claimed me as her own. & From what I've heard, it's caused alot of commotion. I'm 18 years old & for my WHOLE ENTIRE life so far, I never knew the Truth. & Now that I know, I feel really sad cause it's too Late for me to really get to know my Real Dad who's asked for me constantly. Even though he & his family had to stay away from me (that being my mom, who raised me, wishes, he still Loved me. I know in my Heart that my Dad wished he was able to spend time with me & be a Fatherly figure to me, it's just that he wasn't able to do so. & It's ok. I understand. But yea. It's been 2 years now that he's been gone & Dad, even though we've never got the chance to Bond, I Love you. & I just wished I had known before. But because I didn't, it hurts me so much inside. Grandma was telling me how much you Loved me & stuff like that. & Dad, Like I said, I LOVE YOU too. Now that I know you're my Real Dad, I'll Forever keep you in my Heart. Promise. Hopefully One day, we can meet again. Rest In Peace Dad. Love you.
Judy Jean Bondaug

Hayfield, MN

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I am Judy, the mother of his very first children..and I have loved Shanon dearly for who he was..drunk..high..it didn't matter..he was who he was..he was real!! Although we didn't work out we still had a decent relationship..his family till today is like my very own..I will never forget him and he will always hold a part of my heart..not only cause he is my babies dad..but because of the simple fact of being Shanon Kamuela Alfapada!! Love you Boo..
SHEYRL ALFAPADA MAU-HI

Kailua Kona, HI

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Jun 1, 2009
 
CLAIRE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT! YOU DON'T KNOW MY SON,HE WAS A LOVING FATHER AND SON HE LOVED A LOT OF PEOPLE AND HAD A LOT OF FRIENDS SO IF I WERE YOU I WOULD SHUT UP. AND IF YOU THINK YOU DID COME ON IN TO SEE ME AT PAIA CHEVRON. I COULD TEACH YOU ABOUT HIM.
Aaron M

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Jun 3, 2009
 
I was there when he jumped. I was the tourist from New Jersey who filmed him. To his family, I am sorry I did not try harder to stop him. His confident manner--and my offguard vacation mindset--tricked me into believing that he knew what he was doing, as there are safe places to jump further up the road. I felt guilty about filming his fall, though he asked me to do it. The film at least cleared up any mystery surrounding the circumstances of his death. I can assure his family that the film will never be distributed online by me, that would be extremely disrespectful and callous.
My life has been different since that day. I think twice about my own safety before taking risks in the name of fun. I must admit that before he jumped, my girlfriend (now ex) and I looked down and both thought it looked like it would be exhilirating. We had both cliff-jumped off of palisades before. We also knew to check the level of the water before jumping.
I still don't know if he had meant to die that day. I don't think so. I read his toxicology report.
I often wonder what his circumstances were; why was he up there in the middle of the day, high as a kite? Should I feel guilty for vacationing on an island where the natives are isolated, surrounded by strangers, where jobs are scarce, where drugs are plentiful? I do now.
At first I was really angry. Why had he picked me to talk to? Why did he walk up to me and ask me to film him? Why did he have to commit suicide in front of me while I was on vacation?
This is selfish I know. But it was how I reacted at the time. I was angry.
I still am, I must admit. I never want to see anything like that again.
I hope his family, his children, are being cared for. I think about this all the time. Even though he was, and will always be, a total stranger to me, when he hit the water, part of me died too.
Aaron M

Scarsdale, NY

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Jun 3, 2009
 
Incidentally, his "friend" in the pickup truck took off right after he jumped. I don't know if the police ever found out who he was. I described him in my statement to the police: heavy-set, tan, with a beard.

Whoever he was, he did not call for help. I was the first to find a police car, 40 minutes later. Whoever that coward was, he was no friend of the deceased.
Tina Alfapada

Kailua Kona, HI

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Aaron M wrote:
Incidentally, his "friend" in the pickup truck took off right after he jumped. I don't know if the police ever found out who he was. I described him in my statement to the police: heavy-set, tan, with a beard.
Whoever he was, he did not call for help. I was the first to find a police car, 40 minutes later. Whoever that coward was, he was no friend of the deceased.
I often told him the same thing about that guy and he knew it. I never liked that person from the first time I met him. I don't even remember his name anymore, but he was a bad influence on my husband.

I am so sorry for you too. I have often imagined myself in your shoes, imagined myself on a romantic vacation, with some one I'm in love with. Then I would imagine your impression of Hana, and it wasn't hard for me to do. My first visit there was breath-taking, and it made me feel as though I was swept away to a much better place, a place that was alive. So now, with this in mind, as I try to place myself in your shoes, I continue with how your balloon must've popped when this happened, and of all people, I would be the one with it on tape! What a heavy responsibility! I'll be honost with you-- I have never watched any extreme shows on spike or any other channel, out of fear I would see that video. I had no idea what kind of character you or your girlfriend were, and it honestly scared me.

I had seen the comments on here from the time of his death, and with the help of his daughter (who posted above) I saw it continued the thread. Now with the help of my mother-in-law, I see you finally spoke. Thank you so much for the comfort your words gave me! I am sorry, again, that you have to carry this weight on you for your life, but if I could please offer you some comfort in return for the comfort you unknowingly gave me...

We are fine, as far as my baby girl and myself go, we have a hope taught to us from the Bible. As one of Jehovah's Wintesses, we have a hope to see him again, in a paradise on Earth. As for his other children, they have had strong upbringings, so I have positive hopes for them as well.

Knowing shanon like I do, you would not have stopped him. The only 2 choices you would've had available to you are these: to shoot video (which removed the mystery) or to not shoot the video (which would've clouded his death in doubts and speculation).

May Jehovah God help you to heal your mind, and show you the love he has for us all, that you may find peace of mind, and a good nights' rest. Aloha, Mrs. Shanon K. Alfapada
Becky Sydney

Kapaa, HI

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Dec 7, 2009
 
Tina!
I have been trying to locate you for years!
I'm so sorry to hear about this accident. It sounds like you are healing well. God Bless.
Hope Zoey is doing well. She called me a while back and left a message on my cell phone that she wanted to reconnect. She did not leave a phone number and my crappy phone didn't record your number. I tried calling all the Gonsalves and Alfapada's in the phone book but couldn't find you.
Just saw your name in my address book and tried going on-line to find you and voila!.....found this site. Hope you check this posting and contact me. My email address is bexter@maui.net.
Looking forward to talking with you. Much love, and Happy Holiday.
Becky
Johanna Caires Moore

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May 13, 2010
 
SHEYRL ALFAPADA MAU-HI wrote:
CLAIRE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT! YOU DON'T KNOW MY SON,HE WAS A LOVING FATHER AND SON HE LOVED A LOT OF PEOPLE AND HAD A LOT OF FRIENDS SO IF I WERE YOU I WOULD SHUT UP. AND IF YOU THINK YOU DID COME ON IN TO SEE ME AT PAIA CHEVRON. I COULD TEACH YOU ABOUT HIM.
Sheryl is this you?
Evelynne Ursua

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Jul 21, 2010
 
I know it's been some time since Shannon passed,but it is only now that I am aware of this site. I would like to let the Alfapada family know, especially you, Ma that there is not one day that goes by that I don't think of him or you guys. Shannon was the true love of my life, and with the 2 beautiful son and daughter we shared, he brought a lot of joy to my life...since our daughter, Shaianne passed almost 14 years ago, the communication between us have been very little, with that many regrets, but hopefully we can fix that, at least now, I feel that Shannon is up there with our daughter looking down and smiling. May God bless both their souls and may God keep us all safe. Kainoa now knows about his dad, and I only wish time could go back so they would bond, the way a son and father should. You are always in my thoughts and in my heart, I will love you always and forever, Shannon, cuz "YOU KHRYP, BABE"!!!
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Sep 28, 2010
 
Claire, he was the father of my youngere brother. No, he will not come home high or drunk. He will never come home for my brother to see ever again. Think about that. God bless you.
Brooks

Kailua Kona, HI

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Dec 20, 2011
 
Claire wrote:
What is not fair... Yea you cry over someone who was high and drunk. It's not fiar that Shannon died for nothing. Leaving children behind to suffer. Blessing? he ain't coming hoome drunk no more. Idiot!!!
Whoever this is, F YOU. Whatever you put out there always comes back to you.
Debbie Texas

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Sep 3, 2013
 
Tina, Brenda and I have been trying to find you. I'm so sorry about Shannon. I remember us talking about him all the time, I remember how much you loved him. I have cried so much because I can only imagine your pain. I just now found this website, I've been searching on and off for over a year. I had your parents phone number but can't find it. I miss Zoey and sending her a Christmas Box. Please contact me. We love you so much. my email is as always caddideb@aol.com

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