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Police arrest suspect in Hawaii Kai serial arson case

Police arrested a 35-year-old East Honolulu man suspected of starting a brush fire in Hawaii Kai this afternoon.

Lt. Michael Nakada of the Honolulu Police Department’s District 7 said his district’s detectives and officers have been investigating numerous suspicious brush fires in the Kamilonui Valley area, and will handle the case.

The man was arrested 7 p.m. today at the scene of the fire on suspicion of second-degree arson.

“We’re hoping that this will put an end to it,” Nakada said.

The Honolulu Fire Department has responded to more than a dozen brush fires in the area since January. HFD officials deemed the fires suspicious last week, asking the public to report any suspicious activities or individuals in the area before, during or after a fire.

The Hawaii Kai community has been complaining that not enough has been done to stop the brush fires.

The brush fire today burned a quarter of an acre.

Firefighters from three companies were dispatched at 4:49 p.m. and arrived at the scene at 4:58 p.m. The brush fire was under control at 5:22 p.m. and extinguished at 5:47 p.m.

The brush fires have been located in the valley at the end of Kamilonui Place.

Many of the fires have been difficult to reach by foot, and the fire department has had to rely on water drops by helicopter.

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