Hilo Man Faces Numerous Firearm Offenses in Connection to Shots Fired on Kalanikoa St.

January 27, 2022, 7:00 AM HST
* Updated January 27, 6:41 AM
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Mitchell Wailani, Jr.

A Hilo man is facing charges after allegedly firing a weapon over the weekend in a populated residential area.

Sixty-two-year-old Mitchell Wailani, Jr. was arrested in connection to gunshots being fired on Sunday, Ja. 23, on Kalanikoa Street. According to charging documents, Wailani, who is a felon, was in possession of a modified or short-barreled AR-15 rifle, a 9mm pistol, and another AR-15 rifle. Court documents also indicate the Hilo man was in possession of 9mm and .223 caliber ammunition.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Wailani came before Hilo District Court Judge M. Kanani Laubach for an initial appearance where his bail of $33,500 was maintained. He is scheduled to appear for his preliminary hearing on Friday, Jan. 28.

Wailani is being charged with second-degree reckless endangering; three counts of ownership or possession of firearm prohibited; two counts of ownership or possession of ammunition prohibited; and three counts of manufacturing, purchasing or obtaining firearm parts to assemble a firearm having no serial number; and ownership prohibited.

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