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Suspect Arrested in Connection With Puna Fatality

Posted August 28, 2017, 12:34 PM HST

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged Gaelynn Kahe‘e, 28, in connection with the traffic fatality in Puna on Thursday, Aug. 24.

On Friday, Aug. 25, at 8:33 p.m., police charged Kahe‘e with third-degree Negligent Homicide, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death or Serious Bodily Injury and Driving Without a License.

Her bail was set a $6,000, and she was released from police custody after posting bail.


Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call Officer Keith Nacis at (808) 961-2339 or the Hawai‘i Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers at (808) 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.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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Lynn Wilke Von Boeckmann $6,000 bail for a fatality and additional charges? Unacceptable!August 28, 2017 12:38pm
Wendi Largent How do you kill someone and get bail set at a measly $6000?August 28, 2017 01:41pm
Robert Hollandsworth Wow....shake my head.August 28, 2017 02:01pm
Ralna Lee Don't forget to breathe while you take this in what ever the situation. That took place before this very tragic accident two Ohana's will never be the same God bless and heal you 🙏✌🏼🌏🤔August 28, 2017 02:08pm
Spencer Arnold .August 28, 2017 02:24pm
Chris Jackson Her bail only 6,000. That's y people keep doing this shi% for cuz they know the cops will let them goAugust 28, 2017 02:25pm
Vicki Scott Wow - you kill someone, leave the scene and only $6000?August 28, 2017 03:05pm
Brad Coffel That's only $600 with a bondsman! I can not believe this crap!August 28, 2017 03:10pm
Pat Starkie Something very wrong with the justice system in Hawaii....August 28, 2017 03:14pm
Ian Buttram Prolly cause they know she lying for her bf, low bail to get her to talk I'd guessAugust 28, 2017 03:25pm
Keaka Kawehiokala Only need 10% to get out, 600$August 28, 2017 03:36pm
Leo Ferreira The idea of bail is set under many factors.Ability to flee...you on an island where you going. The crime it self...hit and runs are usually accidents and fleeing is the reason she was put to jail. The chance of continuing doing the crime... why real killers and drug dealers usually have higher bonds. Sad regardless of how we all look at it. Take care and cherish your Ohana, here today gone tomorrow.August 28, 2017 04:36pm
Dave Dierking As I understand, the bail bond posted is intended only to insure the accused appears in court. Bail forfeiture is only enforced if the accused fails to appear and eludes capture by recovery agents or police. In my opinion, this is too lenient, favoring the accused and the bail bondsman business. I think bail should be forfeited if the accused misses a court appearance (no grace period to enable recovery) or if the person reoffends while awaiting a court appearance.August 28, 2017 05:20pm
Vicki Scott She left the scene where someone died yet is trusted to show up for $600? Yep, business as usual here.August 28, 2017 05:27pm
Danny Mittelbuscher So why would the bad guys use guns if they can use a car, spend $6000.00 and walk. We need to do something about our legal system. I hope the families of the victim sue for civil damages.August 28, 2017 05:51pm
Jonelle Santos 😄🤦🏽‍♂️August 28, 2017 10:29pm
Repo Dave Coombes She had no license she should never been on the roadAugust 29, 2017 06:20am
Lokelani WhiteFeather She did not plan to kill this man. It was an accident. She was afraid. But she turned herself in after the shock of it all. She's not someone who is a repeated murderer. She made a grave mistake that caused a needless death. She will live with that for the rest of her life. I'm so sorry for that man who lost his life and the pain his family is going through. It breaks my heart. Prayers that God be with this mans family. I also pray for this woman. She didnt plan or plotted to cause the death of this man. She ran in fear and horror but she did not stay hiding. She went and turned herself in. All those who are condemning her would be singing a different song if it was them in her shoes or if it was their love ones who caused an accident like this. A horrible lesson to be learned! Drive safe, be aware of the next person on the road. All it takes is one bad choice and something horrible like this happens. I pray for everyone involved.August 29, 2017 06:45am
Lokelani WhiteFeather How do you know that's? Only stupid people pass on that kind of judgement an stupidity!August 29, 2017 10:01am
Kathleen Bailey Thefamily doesn't want to press charges 20August 29, 2017 11:45am
Jessica Schumpp Davis Everyone has accidents, not everyone turns their back on someone bleeding on the side of the street they accidentally harmed.August 29, 2017 04:54pm
Vernon Demello Severity of charges play a major role also.August 29, 2017 08:54pm
Vernon Demello The fatality is a misdemeanor charge that's why.August 29, 2017 08:55pm
Roxy Gomes So how is it that she can get charged and the guy who killed Travis didn't. ( Or did he). Sorry didn't follow the story. In any case we still have two families who's lives will be changed forever. Blessing to Ernest' family he was such a wanderful guy and blessings to this girl that she may find forgiveness in herself. May both families somehow find peace in the days ahead.August 29, 2017 11:07pm

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