A recent hunting accident in Puna has landed the victim in federal detention and motivated farm owners to rally against illegal hunting.
Just before 7 a.m. June 19, police and fire personnel responded to an accidental shooting on farmland owned by ML Macadamia Orchards, located behind the Mauna Loa mac nut factory in Keaau. Officers say they learned that the victim, 32-year-old Jarret Kaneshiro of Mountain View, had been illegally hunting pigs on private land with four other hunters when he was accidentally shot by one of the four. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center and subsequently flown to Oahu in critical condition.
Kaneshiro was on federal probation at the time, and a federal warrant had recently been issued for his arrest, police said in a statement. Following treatment at The Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Kaneshiro was arrested on the federal warrant and transferred to the Federal Detention Center on Oahu. Additional federal cases were initiated against him for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He remains locked up on Oahu with his probation revoked. While the shooting was being investigated, officers from the Hawaii Police Department executed a search warrant on the vehicle Kaneshiro was driving and allegedly found 11.8 grams of marijuana buds and rounds of ammunition.
Criminal trespass cases have been initiated against the other hunters. Police say farmers and landowners in the area have experienced numerous incidents of illegal hunting, criminal trespassing and thefts of farm products and equipment — and these activities have increased over the past few years.
After this shooting, landowners formed a committee to work with police. The committee consists of representatives from W.H. Shipman, The Hershey Co. (owner of the Mauna Loa Mac Nut facility), ML Macadamia Orchards, Ohana Banana Farms and Plant It Hawaii, as well as other farm owners and lessees.
Police want the public to know that all lands makai of Highways 130 and 11 from Hawaiian Paradise Park in Puna to Kings Landing in the Keaukaha area of Hilo are privately owned up to the high-water mark.
Because there is no public land in this area, hunting is not permitted.
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