Suspect wanted in Puna shooting incident

  • Kamanaokaaina “Mana” Nakooka

KAILUA-KONA — Big Island police are searching for a 31-year-old Puna man wanted for questioning in connection with a reported shooting Monday evening in Puna.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Hawaii Police Department officers responded to a report of gunshots and a man screaming at a residence on 15th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.


The 41-year-old victim was transported by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries. He remains in stable condition.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene to investigate the incident, which is classified as a first-degree terroristic threatening and assault.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Kamanaokaaina “Mana” Nakooka, who is described as being part Hawaiian, standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighing 260 pounds with a heavy build, according to police. He has black hair and brown eyes.


Police caution the public from approaching Nakooka, as he is considered armed and dangerous and instead are asked to call police at (808) 935-3311 to report his location.

Anyone who may have information about the incident should contact Detective Todd Pataray at (808) 961-2382 or email or to call the department’s nonemergency line at (808) 935-3311.

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