Kailua-Kona man critically injured in apparent assault on Alii Drive


Big Island police have initiated an assault investigation in connection with a 52-year-old Kailua-Kona man who was found critically injured Tuesday morning in Kailua-Kona.

At 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, patrol officers conducting routine checks near the Kailua Pier observed an unconscious local man lying face down on the makai sidewalk of Alii Drive by the sea wall, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

The victim, who was identified as a 52-year-old Kailua-Kona man, was taken to Kona Community Hospital with a head injury and later to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he remains in critical condition, according to police.

Police are looking for witnesses, including canoe paddlers, who may have seen the incident.

Anyone with any information about this case should call the department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Shawn Tingle at 326-4646, ext. 277, or stingle@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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.