Waikoloa Man Dies in Three-Vehicle Collision

A 48-year-old Waikoloa man was killed following a three-vehicle collision on Friday along Waikoloa Road, .1 miles east of the 2-mile marker. 

According to the Hawai`i Police Department, the 48-year-old male driver has been identified as Wayne Lopaka Keikekanehaenalu Awai.

Responding to a 7:01 p.m. call, police determined that a white 1990 Isuzu pickup being operated by the 48-year-old Waikoloa man crossed the double solid yellow lines and sideswiped a westbound white 2018 Jeep Wrangler that was being operated by a 63-year-old male from California.

The white Isuzu pick then struck a second vehicle head-on, which was a blue 2015 Mazda 6 sedan that was being operated by a 36-year-old female from Kailua-Kona.

Authorities say the 36-year-old female was transported to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital for treatment.

The white 2018 Jeep Wrangler also had a 53-year-old female passenger from California. The 53-year-old female passenger and the 63-year-old male driver of the Jeep were not injured in the collision. The 48-year-old male driver of the Isuzu was transported to the Kona Hawaiʻi Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:48 p.m. 

Police do not believe speed is a factor in the collision. 

The Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a Coroner’s Inquest investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at (808) 326-4646 ext. 229.

This is the 6th traffic fatality this year compared to two at this time last year.