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Victim in Ala Moana Center stabbing identified

By Leila Fujimori

LAST UPDATED: 04:53 p.m. HST, Oct 04, 2012

The Medical Examiner's office has identified the man who died after an apparent stabbing at Ala Moana Center as Brent Kanae, 23, of Honolulu.

Police are asking for witnesses in the stabbing death of Kanae, an employee at the mall, to come forward.

Honolulu police Maj. Richard Robinson said Kanae was found at 3 p.m. Wednesday unconscious and bleeding in a makai stairwell at the shopping center just below the California Pizza Kitchen.

He was taken to a trauma center and pronounced dead, Robinson said. He said the man was stabbed, but would not elaborate. An offical cause of death has not been determined.

Kanae was employed at a business at Ala Moana Center, Robinson said, but would not say which business.

The manager at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. would not confirm whether the victim was an employee, and directed all questions to a mainland spokeswoman, who was unavailable Wednesday.

An Ala Moana Center official declined to comment.

Police are asking anyone with information concerning the stabbing to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 723-3609.

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kainalu wrote:
This is chilling. Our daughter works near there, we have used that stairwell often. You would think in the New Millineum, given the amount of crime that happens in that area, that there would be security cameras all over a place like Ala Moana Center. Spooky. I know the Kanaes. Our condolences to their ohana.
on October 4,2012 | 11:33AM
bobbob wrote:
probably was a random chronic out of his mind. Poor guy was probably in the wrong place at the wrong time. Camera possibly would have gotten the perp off the street, but done nothing to save this man's life. Amazing that it was done so flagrantly in the middle of the day, especially given that that stairway is used pretty frequently. RIP>
on October 4,2012 | 07:57PM
Pocho wrote:
Geez, that part of Ala Moana is newer than the old, you'd think security would have cameras located in around exits! Can not be they don't have them camera's monitoring main entrance/extis, heh?
on October 4,2012 | 11:57AM
allie wrote:
where was securuity? tejhn guy did work at Bubba Gump obviously
on October 4,2012 | 01:52PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
You sure have a lot of time for blogging...for a student.
on October 4,2012 | 05:03PM
LAX2HNL wrote:
yep, it's unbelievable that in a mall of this size that they don't have video surveillance covering the whole mall, especially dark, out of the way stairwells.
on October 4,2012 | 12:04PM
hawaii06 wrote:
There should definitely be security cameras installed throughout the mall...including stairwells and parking garages. The mall needs to make this mall a safer place to eat and shop. I am sure that many feel uneasy about shopping there now.
on October 4,2012 | 12:42PM
allie wrote:
As a single female I have been a little intimidated by some pretty rough guys hanging out behind Sears. Drug dealing? Not sure but sure is scary
on October 4,2012 | 01:53PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Cuz if you intimidated by those guys don't ever come down to the West Side. Auryte.
on October 4,2012 | 04:19PM
cojef wrote:
Just used the stairwell near Foodland, just about the same time today. Am a 87 years old senior so would have been more vulnerable than the 21 years old victim. Scary, place better use the escalators, where there would be more witnesses. Don't believe there is any surveillance cameras in any of the stairwells.
on October 4,2012 | 08:16PM
allie wrote:
I would protect you cojef!
on October 5,2012 | 08:24AM
allie wrote:
on October 5,2012 | 08:24AM
onemorebeer wrote:
having more cameras wont make it more safe. if a person wants to do it, they will do it. if there were cameras this guys still would be dead just the only thing is you might have someone on video in the area. worked in law enforcement many years, you cannot video record every square inch of a place the size of ala moana. its just an unfortunate incident.
on October 4,2012 | 01:18PM
Pocho wrote:
sure, but we could have gotten a glimpse of the killer leaving the scene. No camera, no suspect, no evidence. Now no more nothing on who done it. NADA ZILCH, NOTHING
on October 4,2012 | 01:35PM
Wazdat wrote:
DUH, but at least you can catch the CRIMINALS
on October 4,2012 | 02:13PM
Wazdat wrote:
Why NO security cameras? they should be all over the place and will be after this terrible loss of life.
on October 4,2012 | 02:12PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
I agree. There should be no blind spots in such a shopping center.
on October 4,2012 | 06:10PM
stanislous wrote:
Security Cameras? ... how about concealed cary permits...
on October 4,2012 | 04:37PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Really? I don't Ala Moana Center would allow their employees packing heat, even if the law allowed, which it does not.
on October 4,2012 | 06:09PM
Actually, if you want to SUE anyone, sue Ala Moana Shopping Center. They charge ridiculous rent to the stores and they can't hire "GOOD SECURITY" for the customers. Can you imagine the money they're making for rent and don't want to spend for security. If they do have security, they're not doing a very good job patrolling the area. Eating donuts and drinking coffee is easier for them.
on October 4,2012 | 06:30PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Prayers to the Family of the victim. HPD will solve this horrible crime and bring Justice and resolve to those mourning.
on October 4,2012 | 06:33PM
Oahuan wrote:
This is exactly why I never parked down there!! I used to work at one of the restaurants in the ho'opika terrace as recently as 2 years ago and I always parked by Pearl. Too sketchy in that area!
on October 4,2012 | 07:28PM
Anonymous wrote:
I hope they nail the jerk that did this !!!!!
on October 4,2012 | 10:28PM
Anonymous wrote:
I hope they nail the person who did this.....
on October 4,2012 | 10:29PM
CartwrightPark wrote:
Goes to show you even in Hawaii, always be aware of your surroundings. Still a safe place to live, get low violent crime numbers, but you never know when a chronic or wannabe gangsta micro lurks.
on October 5,2012 | 08:54AM
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