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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 19, 2010

Details into Kauai deaths not released

By Paul Curtis
Garden Island

LIHU'E Kaua'i county and police officials are refusing to comment on the ongoing investigation into the deaths of Clara Kaneshiro and Duane Bukoski.

"It is our policy not to release details on suicides, therefore we will not be providing further information on the Bukoski-Kaneshiro case," said county public information officer Mary Daubert in response to newspaper requests for information on the case.

Earlier, police and county officials classified the Feb. 23 discovery of two dead bodies as a homicide-suicide, eventually identifying both people and revealing that a gun found at Bukoski's Lawa'i home matched the caliber of the bullets recovered in the investigation.

County officials and police investigators would not reveal who the suspected shooter was, the type of gun used, or any possible motive for the incident. They did say Kaneshiro, 43, and Bu-koski, 38, knew each other.

The homicide is the first on the island this year.

There were two murders on Kaua'i in 2009, with the Nov. 9 death of Daniel Bonanno, found dead in his mother's pickup truck, still unsolved. Joseph Hoapili Jr., 51, of Līhu'e, pleaded guilty in January to second-degree murder, admitting in court to stabbing his wife, Fredlynn Hoapili, to death in their Līhu'e home on March 3, 2009. His sentencing is set for Thursday.