Man Charged with Terroristic Threatening for Machete Incident on Kahekili Highway

October 3, 2019, 10:17 AM HST · Updated October 7, 7:09 AM
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A 37-year-old man was arrested for terroristic threatening following an altercation involving a machete on the Kahekili Highway in Waiheʻe on Wednesday night.

Officers from the Wailuku Patrol Division responded to a report of the Disorderly Conduct incident at 9:38 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2019.

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Callers reported the male offender, identified as John Kahaialii, 37, was involved in verbal altercation with a 38-year-old male victim while on the highway near Mile 5.5.

During this altercation, police say Kahaialii reportedly punched the male victim once while he was seated within his vehicle. Police say Kahaialii allegedly reached into the vehicle and placed a machete at the male victim’s neck.

Kahaialii was arrested for first degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and first degree terroristic threatening and was charged for both offenses. He was able to post $2,000 bail.

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