University of Hawaii defensive tackles Kennedy Tuilimasealii and Ka‘aumoana Gifford will be arraigned next month in District Court on misdemeanor charges stemming from a confrontation Tuesday with police at a McCully apartment.
Tuilimasealii, 21, was arrested Tuesday morning on misdemeanor charges of two counts of domestic abuse, one count each of harassment and resisting arrest, and two outstanding warrants. Tuilimasealii was treated at Straub Clinic and Hospital for exposure to pepper spray used during his arrest. His bond was set at $5,650.
Gifford, 20, was accused of obstruction for allegedly attempting to prevent Tuilimasealii’s arrest. His bond was $500.
Both men are free after posting bail.
All of the charges, except for harassment, are misdemeanor offenses, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a $2,000 fine. Misdemeanor offenses are normally handled by a District Court judge. However, both men could demand a Circuit Court jury trial.
Tuilimasealii’s harassment charge is a petty misdemeanor — the least serious type of criminal offense in Hawaii — punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Both players are required to appear in Distinct Court on May 10 on the misdemeanor offenses.
In addition, Tuimasealii has an earlier Family Court hearing in District Court on April 26 on the two misdemeanor charges of abuse of a family member.
A 20-year-old woman told police that she was scratched during a fight with Tuilimasealii. She was treated for the scratches at the scene. Police were summoned to a disturbance in an apartment on McCully Street, just before 6 a.m.
Police used pepper spray on Tuilimasealii when he resisted attempts to arrest him.
Gifford was arrested after allegedly trying to interfere with Tuilimasealii’s arrest.
The UH student-athlete code of conduct recommends suspension for players arrested on misdemeanor accusations. Players are allowed to remain on scholarship and attend classes while on suspension.
University officials have not made a decision on the two atheles’ futures.