Body found in Kona Tuesday was murdered, police say

A man’s body found in Kona on Tuesday has been determined the victim of a murder, police report.

According to a Hawaii Police Department news release, the dead body of a 63-year-old Kailua-Kona resident was reported shortly before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Palani Road and Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona.


An autopsy on the body was conducted Friday which determined that the manner of death was homicide, and the ongoing investigation was reclassified to second-degree murder.

The identity of the victim has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Police ask anyone who may have information about this case to call the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311, or Detective Ray Fukada of the Area II Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 326-4646 ext. 281, or email

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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