2 Native Hawaiians guilty of hate crime in beating of white man

2 Native Hawaiians guilty of hate crime in beating of white man

Two Native Hawaiian males have been discovered responsible of a hate crime for the 2014 vicious beating of a white man in a distant Maui village.

Prosecutors alleged at trial this month that Kaulana Alo-Kaonohi and Levi Aki Jr. had been motivated by Christopher Kunzelman’s race after they punched and kicked him and beat him with a shovel in Kahakuloa village, the place he had bought a fixer-upper.

US District Choose J. Michael Seabright ordered the pair jailed Thursday pending their sentencing on March 2. They every withstand 10 years in jail.

The defendants’ relations and supporters cried within the courtroom, and Alo-Kaonohi’s 3-year-old son mentioned, “God bless you, Daddy.”

Alo-Kaonohi and Aki had been indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2020 on hate-crime costs after the Justice Division determined to prosecute the 6-year-old case.

Kaulana Alo Kaonohi, together with one other man, was convicted of a hate crime in a 2014 incident in Hawaii.Christopher Kunzelman

Levi Aki Jr. was additionally convicted of a 2014 hate crime.Christopher Kunzelman

Kunzelman suffered a concussion, two damaged ribs, and accidents to his head and abdomen within the assault, prosecutors mentioned.

Alo-Kaonohi beforehand pleaded no contest to felony assault in state court docket and was sentenced to probation, whereas Aki copped no contest to terroristic threatening and landed probation and practically 200 days in jail.

Kunzelman had slammed these sentences as too lenient, saying on the time, “Justice, on this case, just isn’t probation.”

Kunzelman was punched, kicked and overwhelmed with a shovel in Kahakuloa village, the place he had bought a fixer-upper.
Christopher Kunzelman

Prosecutors alleged at trial the 2 males had been motivated by Christopher Kunzelman’s race after they punched and kicked him and beat him with a shovel.
Christopher Kunzelman

The federal trial was held individually to find out if the lads had been responsible of a hate crime.

Native legal professionals say they’ve by no means heard of the federal authorities prosecuting Native Hawaiians for hate crimes earlier than this case.

Attorneys for Alo-Kaonohi and Aki argued that the assault was not a hate crime as a result of it was not motivated by race however fairly by Kunzelman’s entitled and disrespectful angle.

Chico Kaonohi (left) and his household had been ready exterior after his son, Kaulana, was discovered responsible of a hate crime.

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Chico Kaonohi was pictured exterior the U.S. District Court docket in Honolulu.
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The boys had been upset that Kunzelman reduce locks to village gates, their legal professionals mentioned. Kunzelman mentioned he did so as a result of residents had been locking him out and in whereas he was fixing up his new dwelling. He testified that he needed to offer the village with higher locks and distribute keys to residents.

Kunzelman testified that whereas Alo-Kaonohi and Aki beat him, they advised him no white folks would ever stay in Kahakuloa village and that he had the fallacious pores and skin colour. Nonetheless, he acknowledged that’s not heard in a video recorded throughout the assault.

The sufferer had put in cameras on his car, which had been on throughout the assault. The car was parked below the home and recorded pictures of what was taking place downstairs, together with Aki pacing with a shovel on his shoulder. The video solely captured audio from the assault, which passed off upstairs.

Attorneys for Alo-Kaonohi and Aki argued that the assault was over Kunzelman’s entitled and disrespectful angle.

Christopher Kunzelman

The boys had been upset that Kunzelman reduce locks to village gates, their legal professionals mentioned, although Kunzelman mentioned he did so as a result of residents had been locking him out and in.

Christopher Kunzelman

In a video, Aki is heard saying, “You’s a haole, eh,” a Hawaiian phrase that may imply international and white particular person.

Christopher Kunzelman

Attorneys for Alo-Kaonohi and Aki advised jurors the video exhibits that they didn’t use any racial slurs.

Within the video, Aki is heard saying, “You’s a haole, eh,” utilizing a Hawaiian phrase that may imply international and white particular person. Protection legal professionals mentioned he didn’t use the phrase in a derogatory manner.

Kunzelman testified that he and his spouse determined to maneuver to the “serene and delightful” Maui from Scottsdale, Arizona, after she was identified with a number of sclerosis.

Kunzelman and his household have since moved to Puerto Rico.

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