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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2005

4 arrested at address where body was found

By Curtis Lum
Advertiser Staff Writer

Police yesterday returned to a Kahalu'u home where a former sumo wrestler was found stabbed to death in a truck last week and arrested four people on drug and other charges.

Police went to the home at 47-031 Okana Road just before 6:45 yesterday morning and arrested three women and a man.

A 48-year-old man was booked on three counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, one count of second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, one count of promotion of a detrimental drug and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A 43-year-old woman was arrested on six counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and a contempt warrant.

Police also arrested a 50-year-old woman on a warrant and a 41-year-old woman on three counts of contempt of court.

Charges against the four were pending last night.

On May 16, retired sumo wrestler Percy Kipapa was found slumped over the steering wheel of a pickup truck that was parked just outside the Okana Road home. Kipapa, 31, died of multiple stab wounds to his chest and abdomen, police said.

Kealiiokalani Meheula, 30, Kipapa's Castle High School classmate and longtime friend, has been charged with second-degree murder and remains in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Circuit Court on June 6.

Meheula and Kipapa were together on the night of the stabbing and had dropped off Meheula's mother at the Okana Road home at about 9 p.m. About a half-hour later, Meheula walked up to the home with a bloodied knife in his hand and told a resident that he had just stabbed Kipapa, police said.

The city medical examiner testified at a preliminary hearing for Meheula this week that Kipapa tested positive for methamphetamine.

Police have not disclosed a motive for the stabbing.

Reach Curtis Lum at 525-8025 or culum@honoluluadvertiser.com