30-year-old flees police into thick brush in Kona; later calls dispatch because he’s lost

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Terran Kaleiwahea Jr.

After 30-year-old Terran Kaleiwahea Jr. of Mountain View ditched a vehicle he was driving recklessly in Kailua-Kona on Tuesday afternoon, Hawai’i Island police saw him running in the distance in thick brush.

Later in the evening, police dispatch received a distress call from a man reporting that he was lost in the brush along the area of Maiau Street and Hina Lani Street in Kona, according to police.

That lost man was Kaleiwahea.


Responding officers began canvassing the area and found him at the 73-4100 block of Ulu Wini Place. Officers escorted Kaleiwahea out of the bushes. He was assessed by Hawai‘i Fire Department medical personnel.

Kaleiwahea had outstanding warrants for his arrest, and an all-points bulletin for theft and property offenses.

Kona patrol officers had first encountered Kaleiwahea that day when responded to a call about 2 p.m. of a reckless driver traveling south on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway near Kaiminani Drive.


Kaleiwahea also was identified by responding officers as matching the description of the reckless driver observed driving at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic, and continuing south bound on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway before parking his vehicle off of Hina Lani Street and running in the bushes. The officers who found the car saw him running in the was seen in the distance running in thick brush.

On May 31, Kaleiwahea was charged with:

  • Unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle
  • First-degree theft
  • Resisting an order to stop

Kaleiwahea was also arrested and charged on the strength of three outstanding informational charging warrants for third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. His total bail was set at $45,300.

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