An Encinitas woman and her cousin plummeted nearly 300 feet to their deaths this week while hiking near Opaeka'a Falls on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, it was reported Thursday.
Elizabeth Ann Brem, 35, of Encinitas, and Paula Gonzalez Ramirez, 29, of Colombia, died Tuesday while hiking on the Wailua trail, the North County Times reported.
Other hikers reported finding the victims at the base of the cliff, about 35 feet from the falls. Authorities pronounced the women dead at the scene.
The two were apparently hiking in an area where there is no state trail.
Brem, a Yale Law School-educated attorney and Queens, N.Y., native, is survived by her husband and two young sons, her father, Timothy Warke, told the Times.
Brem and her cousin had been planning the Hawaii trip for months and were on the first day of the vacation when the accident happened, Warke told the newspaper.
As an attorney, Elizabeth Brem specialized in securities litigation, handling corporate mergers, hostile takeovers and securities fraud cases. She was a partner in the Irvine office of the international firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, according to the Times.
Earlier this year, Brem was appointed to the 13-member board of the California Coastal Conservancy, a funding agency that works with public and private parties to preserve and enhance coastal resources.
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