Man Arrested Following Hilo School Threat

A 40-year-old male is in police custody following a reported threat that occurred on a school campus on West Kawili Street in Hilo.

At 10:54 a.m., police arrested Brandon Keala Kealoha after he allegedly made a verbal threat that was overheard by another student.

“The threat was a generalized threat and not directed to any identified individual or individuals,” said Captain Gregory Esteban, Commander of the South Hilo Patrol Division. “The alleged threat was of such a nature it elevated the response of officers and upon their arrival, the suspect was quickly identified and expediently taken into custody without further incident.”

Police say the unspecified threat, which was reported at 10:05 a.m., resulted in nearby schools in the area of Kawili Street and Puainako Avenue to lock down their campuses, which was lifted upon the suspect’s arrest.

Kealoha is being held for suspicion of second-degree terroristic threatening and remains in police custody while police continue their investigation.

HPD photo of Brandon Keala Kealoha.