06-15-20 Suspect charged in Kailua-Kona traffic incident (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Lieutenant Edwin A. Buyten
Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 262
Report No. 20-044891

Media Release (Update)

Hawaiʻi Island Police have charged the suspect in a Kona attempted murder investigation that has left a 30-year-old male, and 20-year-old female in critical condition.

After conferring with County Prosecutors, at 11:00 a.m. (June 14), detectives charged 29-year-old Keola Kama, with, two counts each of attempted murder in the second degree and accidents involving death or serious bodily injury, one count each of attempted murder in the first degree, criminal property damage in the first degree, driving without a license, and no motor vehicle insurance.    

The charges stem from an incident on Saturday morning (June 13), shortly after 9:00 a.m., when Kona patrol officers responded to a reported traffic accident that had just occurred on Kuakini Highway fronting the entrance to Old Kona Airport.

Upon arrival, officers located the victims on the east side shoulder of Kuakini Highway. Witnesses reported that the responsible vehicle, a silver Acura 4-door sedan, driven by Kama, had struck a moped and it’s two occupants.

Kama is being held in lieu of $215,500 bail pending her initial court appearance scheduled for today (June 15) in Kona District Court.


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