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Puna man accused of kidnapping and assaulting father; telling him he was going to die

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Mark Nakoa Akina

A man from Puna is accused in court documents of kidnapping and assaulting his father a week ago, and also threatening his life multiple times, including telling him: “Relax, you’re just going to die tonight.”

Mark Nakoa Akina, 30, is accused of beating his 57-year-old dad at his trailer in Mountain View on Aug. 23 and 24. He is facing charges of second-degree assault, kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening and abuse of a family household member.

The Eden Roc native made his initial appearance in Hilo District Court on Monday. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing today. He remains in custody on $37,000 bail.

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Probable cause documents filed with Hilo District Court on Monday detail last week’s incident. The reported victim was at home when he saw Akina come back to the trailer, where he also lives, at about 6 p.m.

The father told Hawai‘i Island police his son appeared intoxicated and aggravated for some reason.

Throughout that night and into the next day, the probable cause statement said Akina assaulted his father a number of times by punching him in the face and other parts of his body.

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At one point, the 30-year-old successfully pinned the reported victim’s hands down with his knees. Akina grabbed his father’s head, and twisted it back, forth saying: “Relax, you’re just going to die tonight.”

Akina struck the 57-year-old with a guava stick on his head, back and arms. He ultimately broke the stick over his dad’s left leg, court documents say.

Akina stabbed his dad multiple times with a 4-inch paring knife, slashing his lower left leg, stabbing his right ankle multiple times, and cutting near the Achilles tendon on the left heel, court documents say.

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When Akina went to stab the 57-year-old in the chest, the father blocked the attack causing cuts to the back of his left hand. After that, the father was able to punch Akina and leave the trailer.

The father fled to his cousin’s house where he was ultimately taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

Akina was at the trailer on Saturday when he was taken into custody by police. In a statement given to authorities, the Eden Roc native admitted to being “very drunk” and hitting his father with the guava stick. However, he couldn’t recall the other physical assaults.

Akina also told police he’s been physically fighting with his dad since 2015. But in relation to last week’s confrontation, “he does not remember what started the argument in this incident,” according to court documents.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a full-time reporter for Pacific Media Group. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat.

Tiffany can be reached at [email protected].
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