Man Arrested in Honoka`a Stabbing Incident

A Hāmākua man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing incident in Honoka`a.

According to the Hawai`i Police Department, at 8:24 p.m. on Tuesday police responded to the Hale Hoʻola Hāmākua Emergency Room after a Honokaʻa man arrived by private vehicle with apparent stab wounds to his body.

The 34-year-old victim told police he and his assailant were sitting in his vehicle on Kamakawiwoʻole Church Road when he was attacked by the suspect following a disagreement. The victim was later transported by ambulance to the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital where he remains in guarded condition.

At 1:30 a.m.Wednesday morning, the suspect, 29-year-old Michael Varize Jr., also of Honokaʻa, was located in Waimea and arrested without incident for second-degree assault.

Varize was taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed, or have any information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Jesse Kerr of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2377 or

Michael Varize Jr. HPD photo.