Suspect Charged in Kona Traffic Incident

The Hawai`i Police Department has charged the suspect in a Kona attempted murder investigation that has left a 30-year-old male and 20-year-old female in critical condition.

After conferring with County Prosecutors on June 14 at 11 a.m., detectives charged 29-year-old Keola Kama with two counts each of attempted murder in the second degree and accidents involving death or serious bodily injury, one count each of attempted murder in the first degree, criminal property damage in the first degree, driving without a license, and no motor vehicle insurance.    

The charges stem from an incident on the morning of Saturday, June 13, shortly after 9 a.m., when Kona patrol officers responded to a reported traffic accident that had just occurred on Kuakini Highway fronting the entrance to Old Kona Airport.

Upon arrival, officers located the victims on the east side shoulder of Kuakini Highway. Witnesses reported that the responsible vehicle, a silver Acura 4-door sedan, driven by Kama, had struck a moped and it’s two occupants.

Kama was being held in lieu of $215,500 bail pending her initial court appearance scheduled for June 15 in Kona District Court.

HPD provided photo.