10-19-17 Gambling arrests

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Vice Section, Area I
Lieutenant Reed Mahuna
Phone: 961-2253
Report No. C17001823


Media Release

Two men and a woman were arrested Wednesday (January 18) in connection with suspected gambling activity at a Hilo business.

Acting on numerous complaints from the public, police served a search warrant at a gaming establishment on the 500 block of West Kawailani Street at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers recovered numerous suspected gambling devices and more than $3,900 in cash.

Kapela Mauai, 31, of Hilo was arrested on suspicion of possession of a gambling device and second-degree promotion of gambling.

Dondi Feliciano, 33, of Pāhoa was arrested on suspicion of second-degree promotion of gambling.

Gene Mancia, 56, of Hilo was arrested on suspicion of gambling.

All three were released from custody pending further investigation by the Area I Vice Section.

This establishment was also the location of a similar investigation and search warrant on March 1, 2016. Those cases have been referred to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and are currently being reviewed.

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