Man killed over
alleged truck vandalism

A 26-year-old Waipahu man was beaten to death early yesterday morning because he urinated on another man's truck, according to a Honolulu police affidavit.

Ulutunu S. Faumuina Jr., 23, was arrested for second-degree murder after allegedly beating Mikiala Kahalewai along with several other men outside the Pachinko Karaoke bar on Kona Street on Sunday. The affidavit states that witnesses pointed out Faumuina as one of the men who beat the victim.

When one officer went into Pachinko to talk to Faumuina about the incident, the suspect allegedly stood up and stated: "That guy (urinated) in my truck, man! What would you do if someone (urinated) in your car?"

Witnesses said Kahalewai appeared to be urinating in Faumuina's red Ford truck on the passenger side when the suspect ran up to him and punched him in the face. The affidavit states that two other men also were seen kicking and punching the victim in the head and face as he lay motionless on the ground.

When police arrived, they said they found the victim dressed only in boxer briefs and socks and lying in the middle of Kona Street with blood covering his head and face. A group of about 10 to 12 men was seen standing around the victim, along with Ala Moana Center security, attempting to give him first aid.

Kahalewai was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition and died while en route to the hospital. Doctors pronounced him dead in the emergency room at 2:03 a.m., at which time police arrested Faumuina for murder.

Police are still looking for the other two suspects who allegedly took part in the beating.


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