Posted on January 19, 2021

2 Hawaii Men Indicted in 2014 Hate Crime Case on Maui

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press, January 16, 2021

A U.S. grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charged two Hawaii men with one count of a hate crime after they allegedly attacked a white man who was attempting to move into their Maui neighborhood.

Court documents said Kaulana Alo Kaonohi and Levi Aki, Jr. punched, kicked and used a shovel to beat a man identified only as C.K., who was knocked unconscious. He suffered a concussion and two broken ribs, prosecutors said.

Surveillance video of the February 2014 attack showed the two defendants calling C.K. a “f-ing haole,” court documents said. Haole is the Hawaiian word for white person or foreigner. {snip}

The defendants are accused of saying C.K. was in the “wrong place,” didn’t belong there and that “no white man is ever going to live in this house or neighborhood.”