Waimea man facing theft charges


Hawaii Island police have located 24-year-old Brandon Kelii Paulino-Pawai of Kamuela, who was wanted on a bench warrant and for questioning in connection with a theft investigation.

Paulino-Pawai was arrested Friday night and charged with contempt of court, according to the Hawaii County Police Department. He was also arrested on suspicion of theft and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section investigated allegations that he removed jewelry during an August residential burglary in Waimea and then attempted to sell it to a merchant in Waikoloa.

On Saturday, detectives charged Paulino-Pawai with second-degree theft and attempted second-degree theft, according to police. He was released from police custody after posting $4,000 bail.