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Hilo man charged in theft of Kamaka ukulele, burglaries

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A 21-year-old Hawaii island man has been charged with several felony offenses, including the theft of a Kamaka ukulele from a Hilo school.

Kalei Kaina Kaaumoana, of Hilo, was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree theft. His bail was set at $80,000.

Police said items were recovered which were key in identifying the suspect, including a Kamaka ukulele reported stolen from a Hilo school on Oct. 21. The burglaries involved  break-ins at residences occupied by a 91-year-old Hilo woman and a 35-year-old man, respectively. Police said several items were stolen from each residence.

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