Honoka‘a Boy, 15, Dies Following Dirt Bike Crash

May 2, 2017, 7:56 AM HST (Updated May 2, 2017, 7:59 AM)

A 15-year-old Honokaʻa boy died following a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon, May 1, in Honokaʻa.

He was identified as Aukai Ahuna.

Responding to a 3:01 p.m. call, police determined that a Suzuki dirt bike motorcycle was traveling North on Pikake Street, approaching the Ohia Street intersection when the boy lost control of the motorcycle and was thrown and struck by a 2006 Ford truck.

The boy was taken to the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:51 p.m.


The driver of the truck, a 47-year old Honokaʻa man, was not injured.

The boy was wearing a helmet and speed appears to be a factor in this investigation.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.


Police have initiated a Negligent Homicide investigation and ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Casey Cabral at 961-8889. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

This is the 10th traffic fatality this year compared with 10 at this time last year.



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