Assault at Kona hotel leaves one in critical condition

KAILUA-KONA — Big Island police have arrested four suspects in connection with an early morning assault in Kona that has left a 63-year-old victim in critical condition.

Officers responded a little after 12:30 a.m. Monday to a report of an assault at a hotel on Palani Road in Kailua-Kona, according to a press release from the Hawaii Police Department. It was subsequently confrimed that the scene of the crime was at the Kona Seaside Hotel.

Upon arrival, officers saw a 63-year-old man lying on the ground in the parking lot.

Through their preliminary investigation, police discerned the incident occurred after the victim confronted the suspects, who were sitting in a sports utility vehicle in the parking lot, about the loud music they were playing.

Officers determined a physical altercation subsequently transpired between three individuals and the victim.

Emergency services transported the victim to Kona Community Hospital, where he remained in critical condition as of Monday afternoon, according to the release.

Police arrested all four occupants of the vehicle and took them to the Kona Police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue to investigate.

HPD has identified the suspects arrested for assault as 30-year-old Wesley Samoa of Kona, 30-year-old Lama Lauvao of Honolulu and 41-year-old Natisha Tautalatasi, also of Honolulu. Police arrested 33-year-old Mahealani Kanehailua of Kona on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, the release stated.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Detective David Matsushima at (808) 326-4646 ext. 224 or make contact via email at Any witnesses may also call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

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