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Man Charged With Attempted Murder and Assault for Assault at Wailoa State Park

A 32-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and assault in connection with a double stabbing early Monday (July 20) at Wailoa State Park.

David Lester Bars

David Lester Bars

At 4:31 p.m. Monday, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged David Lester Bars, who has no permanent address, with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault. His bail was set at $260,000. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday (July 21).

At 12:21 a.m. Monday, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a stabbing during a disturbance at Wailoa State Park.

Officers found two victims, a 27-year-old Pāhoa man with a stab wound to the throat and a 24-year-old Pāhoa woman with a cut on her right leg. Police determined that the victims had been injured when an argument became physical. They were taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

Other officers en route to the park found a man matching the description of the suspect, later identified as Bars, walking on Piʻilani Street. Bars was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

The male victim was treated for his injuries and remains at the hospital in stable condition. The female victim was treated for her injuries and released from the hospital.

Big Island Police Still Looking for Assailants in Wailoa State Park Attack

Big Island police are renewing their request for information about an assault on October 24 at Wailoa State Park in Hilo.


At approximately 7:30 p.m., an 18-year-old Hilo man, a 19-year-old Hilo man and a 17-year-old Pāhoa boy were in the parking lot near the large pavilion when four vehicles drove into the park and six to eight men wielding baseball bats got out and attacked them.

One of the suspects is described as Micronesian, about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, 160 to 170 pounds with a long, braided pony tail to his mid-back.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the assault or who knows the identity of any of the attackers call Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Google Street View – The Bike and The Car on the Big Island

I was driving down near the Hilo soccer fields today when I noticed the Google Street View Car pull into Wailoa State Park by the King Kamehameha Statue.

The Google Street View Car inside Wailoa State Park

I knew the car was on the island, but this was my first opportunity to trap it at a dead end and get a good picture of it before it moved away from me!

I was surprised when the car slowed down and then I noticed this huge “GOOGLE BIKE” with all these cameras attached to it!

The Google Street View Bike inside Wailoa State Park

I didn’t even know that Google used an actual man powered bike for this street view system.  Can you imagine what an awesome job that would be!  Literally riding your bike around the world and getting paid big bucks to do it!

the bike and the car met up and talked for a few minutes.  It didn’t seem like they wanted to talk to me too much even though I identified myself as a local blogger who uses street view quite a bit.  They did tell me that they were going to be on the island until at least the end of the year.

Wanna Street View Race?

I knew that they were at a dead end and would eventually have to turn around and come back out so I staked out my position and then caught this short video of the biker leaving the park:

[youtube=http://youtu.be/gFcVqc30tUg]

Three People Attacked by Group of Men Wielding Baseball Bats at Wailoa State Park in Hilo

Big Island police are seeking witnesses to an assault Monday (October 24) at Wailoa State Park in Hilo.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., an 18-year-old Hilo man, a 19-year-old Hilo man and a 17-year-old Pāhoa boy were in the parking lot near the large pavilion when four vehicles drove into the park and six to eight men wielding baseball bats got out and attacked them.

The 18-year-old victim sustained severe swelling to his left elbow. The 19-year-old victim sustained a large abrasion to his left temple and a large lump to the back of his head. The minor sustained swelling to his right pinky finger and to his back right shoulder.

The two adult victims were taken to Hilo Medical Center, where they were treated for their injuries and released. The minor was treated and released near the scene.

One of the suspects is described as Micronesian, about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, 160 to 170 pounds with a long, braided pony tail to his mid-back.

One of the vehicles is described as a blue Toyota Tacoma two-wheel drive pickup truck with chrome rims.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the assault or who knows the identity of any of the attackers call Officer Lawrence Kobayashi at 961-2213 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.