The mother of a 5-month-old boy fatally injured from violently shaking by his father Dec. 14 has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to pay for the infant’s funeral.
As of Saturday afternoon, $4,498 had been donated. In a note accompanying the webpage, Kuuipo Kalamau said: “My husband and I are unable to financially make enough to bury our 5 month baby who’s passed away on December 14, 2020. Please anything helps thank you.”
Huakai Kalamau, also known as Huakai Hookelelehiatane Self, was charged with manslaughter in the death of Ali‘i Kalamau. A police affidavit submitted in the case said Kalamau admitted shaking the boy because the infant was crying while he was trying to relax and play video games at their home in Kapolei.
Kalamau is in custody at the Oahu Community Correctional Center in lieu of $300,000 bail.
Court documents said an autopsy revealed the infant had severe internal injuries that included spinal and bone fractures and hemorrhaging to both optic nerves.
Kalamau told police he was tired and “just wanted to relax” and play video games after a weekend of drill duties for the U.S. Army Reserve, the affidavit said. He also told police he was under stress because of financial struggles.
Kalamau is a private first class assigned to the 411th Engineer Battalion, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.