Police: woman struck by arrow at Hāpuna Beach Park on Big Island

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Hawai‘i Police Department detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section have launched a second-degree assault investigation after a woman was struck by an arrow while walking to her car at Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area early Wednesday evening.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, South Kohala patrol officers responded to the area of Kawaihae and Akulani Road after a 31-year-old female victim reported she had been shot.

The victim reported that she was at the Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area just after sunset when she began walking back to her vehicle parked at the northern end of the main parking lot. As she approached her vehicle, she heard what sounded like a gunshot in the immediate area and initially did not realize she had been injured.

A short time later, she realized she suffered a large laceration and bleeding to her left bicep. She immediately left the area in her vehicle and summoned medical and police assistance. Officers located the victim and her vehicle in the area of Kawaihae and Akulani Road and observed an arrow lodged within the driver’s side rear quarter panel.

The length and type of arrow was determined to be consistent with arrows designed for use in crossbows.


The victim was transported to the Queen’s North Hawai‘i Community Hospital by Hawai‘i Fire Department medics where she was treated for her injuries and later released.

The Area II Criminal Investigation Section are requesting the public’s assistance with information relative to this incident and identifying the responsible individual(s). Those with information are asked to contact Detective Cacique Melendez at 808-326-4646, ext. 281, or via email at [email protected] or the police department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311.

Citizens who wish to remain anonymous can make an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300 and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.  Crime Stoppers does not record any calls or subscribe to caller ID.



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