HONOLULU — A 7-year-old boy who Hawaii authorities believe was killed by his father in a murder-suicide was supposed to be on a foreign vacation with his mother when the incident happened, but he was unable to secure a passport.
Gerald Aikau, the father, would not sign off on Reef Aikau’s passport, so he was not able to go on the summer vacation with his mother, Katherine Aikau, KHON-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2ruGBOr ). Both guardians must sign a child’s passport.
Authorities found the bodies of 42-year-old Gerald Aikau and Reef on Tuesday.
Reef was discovered in his bedroom, while Gerald Aikau was found dead outside the family’s home. Gerald Aikau was legendary waterman Eddie Aikau’s nephew.
A family member discovered Gerald Aikau’s body hanging from a tree and tried to resuscitate him but was unsuccessful, Myra Aikau said.
Both people suffered “multiple injuries” with the boy injured by a sharp object, police said.
Court documents show while applying for the passport Katherine Aikau wrote she had “immediate safety concerns” for Reef.
“I have an out of country trip planned for my son and I during his summer vacation,” she wrote. “(But the) plaintiff has refused to assist in processing passport paperwork.”
The two-parent consent law decreases the likelihood of a U.S. passport being used to kidnap a child, technically called international parental child abduction.
Information from: KHON-TV, http://khon.com