Hanapepe Man pleads no contest, prefers prison to probation

LIHU‘E — With events in his life spiraling and his ambition to maintain his appointments and other conditions of probation diminished, Craig Healii Nakaahiki said he prefers to finish his time in prison.

Nakaahiki, 47, of Hanapepe, was in Fifth District Court Tuesday, where he pleaded no contest to charges that included illegal firearms, methamphetamine possession and drug paraphernalia.

He accepted a plea on two felony charges and one misdemeanor.

Deputy County Prosecutor John Murphy read the indictment that stated Nakaahiki was arrested Aug. 29 for driving without a license and for failure to appear at a court hearing regarding the revocation or modification of his probation.

During the arrest the KPD discovered the drugs with a warrant after a meth pipe fell to the ground while getting off of his motorcycle, Murphy said.

The driver’s license allegedly belonged to Nakaahiki’s brother.

State Public Defender Stephanie Sato noted that Nakaahiki is eligible to apply for probation but that he requested to do his time. Her request was granted that his five-year sentence run concurrent to a separate sentence.

Nakaahiki spoke during the indictment signing and said recent events have resulted in his children being taken from him by Child Protective Services. He said his partner smashed his car windows and is facing jail time herself.

Alone in his home, Nakaahiki said he stopped checking the mail and missed a required appointment for his probation. He said he prefers now to just do his time, get out of prison and to be with his family again one day.

Judge Watanabe said she recalled Nakaahiki in court seven years ago as an angry individual who blamed police, the courts, and everyone else for his problems.

She said a different person stood before the court Tuesday, one that is reflective and ready to take responsibility for his actions and for his life.

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