Man Charged in Hilo Domestic Violence Incident

The Hawai`i Police Department has charged a 35-year-old Honoka’a man with a variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred in Hilo Thursday evening.

Bronson Lee Ganigan was charged with kidnapping, use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, first-degree terroristic threatening, abuse of a family or household member, cruelty to animals, second-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangering.

South Hilo patrol officers were summoned to the Kaumana City neighborhood on a domestic violence incident involving the use of a firearm. The victim reported being held against her will on Tuesday morning until Thursday when she was able to escape and run for help approximately a quarter-mile away to a family member’s residence. At one point during this incident, the suspect was said to have beat and killed a small dog.

Ganigan is being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $34,500 bail pending his initial court appearance Monday.

Anyone who may have any information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Christopher Ragasa of the Juvenile Aid Section at (808) 961-8843 or

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. A ll Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.