Court orders mental examination for Home Depot blockade suspect

  • JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Michael "Mikey" Glendon makes his initial appearance Monday in Hilo District Court.


A Big Island mayoral candidate facing criminal charges for a July 7 blockade of the Hilo Home Depot store parking lot will receive a court-ordered mental examination.

Hilo District Judge Harry Freitas ordered Michael “Mikey” Glendon to return to court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25.


Glendon is charged with possession of a deadly weapon in a commission of a crime, a Class C felony, third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, and refusing to allow ingress and egress to the home improvement store’s parking lot.

Glendon’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Sherilyn Tavares, requested court-supervised release without monetary bail for Glendon, citing a bail report which is not a public document.

Tavares said she would “be objecting to a stay-away order from Home Depot as a condition of release for Glendon. According to Tavares, Glendon is a contractor and relies on Home Depot “to provide services for his own business.”

She added Glendon’s family would “provide him assistance getting the mental health treatment … while his case is pending.”

Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Son asked for Glendon’s bail be maintained at $7,000, despite the recommendation on the bail report.

“Obviously, there is concern of danger to the public, given the use of the deadly weapon,” Son said. “My understanding also is that there is a 2012 offense in which the defendant was acquitted … for mental incapacity.”

Son was referring to a 2012 acquittal of a first-degree assault charge for an incident that took place in 2011, in which court documents state Glendon used a shark-toothed Hawaiian war club called a lei o mano — the same type of weapon Glendon allegedly possessed during the parking lot incident — to stab a man multiple times, resulting in severe injuries.

Freitas reduced Glendon’s bail to $3,100.

Glendon’s 24-year-old girlfriend, Kalena Hoopii, and a 31-year-old man, Kamea-Aloha Wong, whom court documents say was with Hoopii in the Home Depot store, were also arrested and charged with the incident.

Hoopii was charged with third-degree assault and making a false statement to police, and Wong was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

Both were released from custody after posting $2,000 bail each and haven’t yet appeared in court.


Police identified the victim in the Home Depot incident as Angelo Valentino, a 55-year-old Pahoa man, who was initially arrested and charged with assault. Those charges were later dropped after a review of security video at the store.

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