Autopsy confirms deaths of man, woman on Kauai as murder-suicide



The woman whose body was found Tuesday morning in a Lawai home is Kapaa High School volunteer and former weekend radio personality Clara Kaneshiro, Kauai police said Thursday.

Police on Wednesday said the man whose body was found in the home was 38-year-old Duane Bukoski of Lawai. An autopsy confirmed the deaths as a murder-suicide.

The Garden Island newspaper says Kaneshiro, 43, of Kapaa, was appointed as a member of the Family Celebration Commission by Gov. Linda Lingle in 2008, and that she was active in the Kapaa High School Parent Teacher Student Association.

Kaneshiro had also worked as a secretary in the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Development Center on the campus of Kauai Community College, when she was Clara Oligo, and was a weekend radio personality on KUAI AM 720 when the studio was in Eleele Shopping Center, with the radio moniker "Sista Clara."

"Clara was a gift from God," said Pastor Matt Higa of New Hope Christian Fellowship Kapaa, who said he spent most of yesterday counseling fellow church members coping with the apparent death of a beloved, active, involved parishioner.

"Special lady, that's all I know, a good-hearted person," said Higa.

Higa said Kaneshiro's truck was found at Bukoski's Lawai residence where both bodies were discovered.