Man found unconscious, injured in Kailua-Kona dies in hospital

A 52-year-old man found badly injured in Kailua-Kona on Tuesday morning has died of his injuries.

Walter Kamana of Kailua-Kona was pronounced dead at Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu at 9:16 a.m. Wednesday.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office is scheduled to conduct an autopsy Thursday to determine his exact cause of death.

The case was initially classified as an assault and detectives are awaiting results of the autopsy before reclassifying it.

Meanwhile, the Hawaii Police Dept. continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding Kamana’s death.

At 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, patrol officers conducting routine checks near the Kailua pier observed an unconscious local male, later identified as Kamana, lying face down on the makai sidewalk of Alii Dr. by the sea wall.

He was taken to Kona Community Hospital with a head injury and later moved to Queen’s in critical condition.

Police are looking for witnesses, including canoe paddlers observed in the area, who may have seen the incident.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Shawn Tingle by phone at 326-4646, extension 277, or email.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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