Boater involved in deadly Lanikai incident appears in court


The man involved in a deadly boating accident off Lanikai last month appeared in a Kaneohe courtroom Tuesday.

Sai Hansen was cited by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources for not having a mandatory boater’s safety certificate.

On Jan. 9, Sri Shim, 59, and his stepson, Trey Albrecht, 25, were diving off their kayak about 600 feet offshore when they were both struck by a boat.

Emergency crews found Shim’s body and the Honolulu medical examiner determined that he died from injuries from a boat propeller.

On Tuesday, Hansen stood beside his attorney, making his first court appearance since the incident.

Prosecutors asked a judge to drop the citation against Hansen while they continue their investigation. The request was granted.

Hansen’s attorney, Howard Luke, knows it could take a long time.

“I know with a motor vehicle on a road, they normally take anywhere between a year or two, or even more years,” Luke said.

Hansen did not comment during or after the hearing.

Luke says his client is remorseful. “He has wanted to make gestures to the family and condolences, but the advice to him from various counsel is to hold off because we don’t know how his remorse will be taken,” he said.

Luke says his client has complied with the initial investigation conducted by DLNR.

“The boat was made available to them. Anything they wanted, it was theirs,” Luke said. “It’s a terrible tragedy, and we’re doing everything can without compromising my client’s position.”

The prosecutor’s office says it has received the DLNR report on the incident and is reviewing it for possible charges.

The victim had support at the courthouse as well. Bryan Amona says he wants to make sure justice is done in this case.

“Most importantly to see how the wheels of justice are turning and we’re finally getting something done here. It’s a start, but it is far from over,” Amona said.

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