Honokaa man pleads in extreme domestic abuse case


County Prosecutor Kelden Waltjen said his office will seek the maximum 10-year prison term for a 27-year-old Honokaa man arrested for a series of domestic abuse incidents that took place between February and April.

Adam Kahekili Kepoo pleaded no contest Wednesday to seven felony charges including three counts of second-degree assault, two counts of domestic abuse aggravated by strangulation, and one count each of kidnapping and terroristic threatening.


In exchange for his plea, 20 additional charges, including first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree sexual assault, were dropped.

Kepoo will be sentenced Dec. 17 before Judge Wendy DeWeese in Kailua-Kona.

Police say when Kepoo was apprehended at Kawaihae Boat Harbor, the victim, a woman, had been held captive more than two weeks.

During that time she was raped, punched in the face numerous times, head-butted, slashed with a knife, emotionally abused, and provided minimal amounts of food and water, police said.


The victim reported that her main source of water was from drinking from the shower when allowed to.

Kepoo remains in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center in lieu of $300,500.00 bail.