Big Island man faces charges for stolen car, other items

Published On: May 21 2014 10:09:28 PM HST
HILO, Hawaii -

A Hilo man was arrested in connection with a stolen truck that crashed Sunday morning in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Big Island police believe 25-year-old driver Hiram Kawelu and his 22-year-old passenger Cole Evans-Tanigawa were arrested. The men appeared in court Monday to face federal charges for possession of a stolen vehicle and stolen items.

Evans-Tanigawa has since been released.

The pickup truck was reported stolen from Hilo on May 14. A generator, fishing poles with reels and a cooler were also reported stolen from a campsite at South Point on May 18. Police say several other vehicles were broken into at the entrance to Kawa Beach in Na'alehu the same morning.

Kawelu's bail is set at $10,000.


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