Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Family saw isle’s
beauty and wrath

Star-Bulletin staff

WAILUKU >> Kentucky resident Holly Brown said while her husband's and 8-year-old daughter's bodies have not been found after being swept away in a flash flood, she and her son rest in the knowledge they are "with our Lord in paradise."

"Their very precious memories will live through us until we are called to join them," Brown said.

Brown read a statement during a news conference yesterday in Wailuku.

Missing and presumed dead are Louisville resident Kevin Brown, 39, a teacher, and his daughter, Elizabeth.

The two were last seen in a stream after being swept by floodwaters over a 190-foot cliff at Makahiku Falls in Oheo Gulch a little after 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Holly Brown, a physician, said she and Kevin had been to Kipahulu years ago and had decided to return to show their children "the beauty in God's world."

She said the seven pools at Oheo had been a place of matchless beauty.

"As our family was hiking just above the Makahiku Falls, without any possible chance of warning, Kevin and my daughter, Elizabeth, were washed instantly away by a massive wall of water coming down the mountain," she said.

The bottom of Elizabeth's swimsuit was found Monday on a rocky coastline, about 3,300 feet from the mouth of Oheo Gulch and more than a mile from where they were last seen.

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