Pedestrian Fatality in Kailua-Kona

UPDATE: A 50-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning, March 1, on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway at the intersection of Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, Kailua-Kona.

He has not been positively identified at this time.

Responding to a 5:50 a.m. call, police determined that a 2006 Ford F-450 operated by a 64-year-old Kamuela man had been traveling south on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway at the intersection with Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park when it was involved in a collision with a pedestrian who had been walking within the southbound lane.

The male pedestrian sustained critical injuries from the collision and was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced ead at 10 a.m.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Police believe that speed and alcohol were not a factor.

Officers from the Traffic Enforcement Unit have initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation and are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at (808) 326-4646, ext. 229.

This is the fifth traffic fatality this year compared with four at this time last year.


A pedestrian was hit by a car and died at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway and Kaloko National Park intersection on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Fire department units from Company 7 of the Kailua-Kona Fire Station responded to the accident involving a septic pumping truck and a pedestrian.

On arrival at 5:49 a.m., Company 7 found an adult female performing CPR on an adult male near the intersection of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway and the entrance to Kaloko National Park.

Personnel from Rescue Company 7 took over life saving efforts but were unsuccessful in their attempts to revive the male party.

The scene was released to Hawai‘i Police Department, which will continue investigation procedures.

Traffic was detoured around the area via Hina Lani Street and Kealakehe Parkway. It is unclear at this time if the victim was in the roadway when he was struck by the vehicle operated by an adult male.

The female performing CPR was not involved in the collision.

HPD is investigating.

HPD Confirms Identity of Body Found in Wailuku River

Hawai‘i Island police have confirmed the identity of a body that was found in the Wailuku River on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 as 28-year-old Kelly Mrowinski, of Chicago.

Mrowinski and a male co-worker were swept into the Wailuku River by an apparent flash flood on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. The male was able to swim to shore, however, after an extensive aerial and land search, Mrowinski could not be located.

The Medical Examiner who performed the autopsy concluded the cause of death of “freshwater drowning” and ruled the death as accidental.