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Police arrest three men in Kona assault Saturday (Oct 29)


Big Island police have arrested three men for assault in connection with a confrontation in Kona early Saturday Morning (Oct 29).

Kona patrol officers responded to a 2:15 a.m. report of an affray in the parking lot of a Kailua-Kona shopping center located between Aliʻi Drive and Kuakini Highway.

An injured 36-year-old Kailua-Kona man was taken to Kona Community Hospital and later flown to Kaiser Permanente’s hospital on Oahu, where he remains in stable condition.

Police investigation revealed that the victim and three men had been in a verbal dispute that became physical. The victim was reportedly punched and kicked about the head and face.

Police arrested 29-year-old Kapena Kuahiwinui of Kailua-Kona at the scene. Two other suspects, 24-year-old Smith Alani of Kailua-Kona and 23-year-old Noah Alani of Captain Cook, fled by car prior to police arrival. Officers located them at 2:45 a.m. in a parking lot off Henry Street and arrested them.

All three suspects were taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 7:10 p.m. Sunday, all three suspects were charged with second-degree assault. Kuahiwinui was held on $10,000 bail until his initial court appearance Monday morning (October 31). The other two men were released from custody after posting $2,000 bail each.

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