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UPDATE: Murder Suspect At Large

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***Updated at 11:35 a.m. to include information from the Hawai’i Police Department.***

The Hawai’i Police Department reports that Kalani Lono Kaohimaunu, the suspect in Thursday night’s murder of Keola Penovaroff in Hilo, was last spotted in Kalapana Friday morning around 9 a.m.

Kaohimaunu was seen driving a dark blue Honda four-door sedan.

Individuals who spot Kaohimaunu should not approach him, but instead, should call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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***Original story posted at 10:39 a.m.***

A Thursday night murder in Hilo is being investigated by the Hawai’i Police Department, and the suspect is still at large.

HPD reports that officers responded to a 10:20 p.m., call where they found an unresponsive man outside a residence on the 100 block of West Kawailani Street. The man had an apparent gunshot wound.

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Witnesses in the area reportedly heard gunshots and said a car fled from the scene.

The victim, identified as 39-year-old Keola Penovaroff of Hilo, was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:57 p.m.

Kalani Lono Kaohimaunu, 34, has been named as a suspect in the incident. He is described as 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds with brown hair.

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Kaohimaunu’s last known address was in Hilo and it’s possible that he is operating a brown or tan Honda or Acura sedan.

Anyone who sees Kaohimaunu should not approach him, according to police, as he is considered armed and dangerous.

Those who are aware of his whereabouts should contact the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Todd Pataray directly via phone at 961-2382 or e-mail at [email protected].

Anonymous tipsters should call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.

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