Frankie “Kie” Feliciano died Monday afternoon at Queen’s Medical Center, his family by his side.
Shortly after he passed away, Feliciano’s family members spoke to KHON2. They said the man they nicknamed “Kie” spent a lot of time at Maili Beach, but was not homeless. In fact, they said, he befriended those who lived at the beach and often gave them food and cigarettes as his way of helping them deal with their difficult situation.
“He never deserved this,” said his younger sister Francewella Hoopai. “He wasn’t homeless. He went to help the homeless.”
Family members say Feliciano looked out for his family and the homeless out at Maili Beach Park. That’s where he was found early Sunday morning, the victim of a horrific stab wound.
They say his death comes almost a year after the death of Feliciano’s younger brother, who passed away from a heart attack.
“Almost to the anniversary, this senseless act of hatred happens to our family again,” said Janell Hoopai, Feliciano’s sister-in-law. “We were in the process of healing and this is like an open wound again.”
His nephew, Isaan Hoopai, had a chance to say goodbye before Feliciano passed away. “Bye Uncle Kie. I love you and I miss you.”
Police arrested a suspect, 39-year-old Derrick Hernandez, for second-degree murder just before 10:30 a.m. on Farrington Hwy. Hernandez has not been charged.