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Police Investigate Early Morning Murder in Nānāwale

by Thunda

Hawai’i Island police have initiated a homicide investigation in Nānāwale Estates, in the Puna District.

Shortly before 3:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022, Puna Patrol officers responded to the intersection of Nānāwale Boulevard and Seaview Road after receiving a report of a man that had been shot. Responding officers located the victim’s lifeless body in the intersection of the roadway. He was surrounded by family members.   

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene and are continuing this investigation, which is classified as a second-degree murder. Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the slaying; however, are following up on leads.

The victim has been positively identified as 36-year-old Junio Resun, of Nānāwale Estates, Pahoa. His body was transported to the Hilo Medical Center and he was officially pronounced dead at 6:55 a.m. today.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2022, to determine the exact cause of death.

Police are asking for anyone with information on this incident or who may have been in the area of Nānāwale Boulevard and Seaview Road around 2:30 this morning, May 21, 2022, to contact Detective Casey Cabral of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section, at (808) 961-2384 or email him at, or Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins at (808) 961-2252 or email at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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