Update: Ka‘ū man charged in connection with weekend standoff in Ocean View

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This story was updated at 12:02 p.m. May 14.

A Ka‘ū man who was arrested following an hourslong standoff Sunday in Ocean View now faces two charges in connection with the incident.

Kamren Adams, 32, of Ocean View is charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree terroristic threatening.

His bail was set at $70,000 and his initial court appearance is today in Kona District Court.

Hawai‘i Island police were initially called to a home, located at the 92-2800 block of Alaoli Drive, at 8:20 a.m. after a 37-year-old Ocean View woman reported a man broke into the residence she was caretaking.

Standoff on Reef Parkway in Ocean View on May 12, 2024. Photo credit: Hal McDougal

The woman reported that she was in a bedroom on the fourth floor when she heard a loud bang that she thought was a gunshot. When she looked outside, she told police she saw the man, later identified as Adams, banging on the front door and demanding to be let in the house.


The woman reported that she had never seen the man before and that he did not have permission to be on the property or to enter the residence.

“She told the male to ‘go away!’ and then called for police,” Hawai‘i island police stated in a release this afternoon.

The house sitter told police she went downstairs, after hearing glass shatter, to find Adams in the house.

“She confronted him, told him to leave and that she had called the police,” police said. “The male then brandished what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol and stated something to the effect of, ‘Where’s my wife and kid!? I’m gonna kill them.'”

The woman then ran back toward another room in the residence. While doing so, she observed that there was a circular hole; which she believed was a bullet hole, in one of the third-floor windows and that the glass was completely shattered.


At that point, the woman told police she then locked the door and hid until police arrived.

“The female reported that she heard the male say something to the effect of ‘I’m gonna kill anyone in here!’ and that the male was stomping around the residence shouting obscenities,” police stated.

The house sitter was able to escape the residence by sneaking out of a fourth-floor balcony. As she was exiting the residence, she saw that Adams now had what appeared to be a black AR-15-style rifle with a scope.

She was then able to contact Kaʻū patrol officers as they pulled up to the driveway.

The officers on scene saw Adams, who was shirtless, at the top of the driveway with what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol in his hand. The male then ran back into the residence once he saw the police.


The Hawai‘i Police Department’s Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiators were called to the scene, as Adams had barricaded himself in the residence and refused to come out.

After several hours, Adams voluntarily came out of the residence and was taken into custody without further incident. Adams is being held on suspicion of burglary, terroristic threatening and ownership possession prohibited but no official charges have been filed.

Detectives with the Area 2 Criminal Investigation Section are continuing the investigation.

Anyone with information relative to this investigation is encouraged to call the police department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311. They may also contact Detective Len Hamakado at 808-326-4646, ext. 224; or via email at [email protected].

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