HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 26-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition early Saturday after an apparent stabbing, according to emergency services officials.
The incident occurred shortly after 3:30 a.m. near the Like Like Drive In on Keeaumoku and Kanunu Streets, according to authorities, who are still looking for a suspect.
It's the fourth stabbing in the area since March, and has area residents concerned.
"It seems to be escalating," said Joanna Northcutt. "I think because we have more people its just getting more violent."
On March 3, a man was arrested for allegedly stabbing one man and beating another with a baseball bat near the Keeaumoku Walgreens drug store. The suspect was released after the victims declined to press charges.
On March 15, two men were seriously wounded in an early-morning stabbing on the sidewalk near the Keeaumoku McDonald's. Police are still looking for a suspect.
The area near the McDonald's was also the scene of yet another stabbing on March 31, leaving another man in his 20's in serious condition. Police arrested 21-year-old Richard Lam in that case.
Longtime residents said they are uneasy about being in the area after dark, even if they're minding their own business.
"After work, having one cup of coffee late, early in the morning after work, and one of the young kids or somebody high, talk to him and they get into one confrontation, take 'um out into the parking lot," said Glenn Takasaki, commenting on what he thinks is possible in his neighborhood.
"Somebody on the side of the street might want to pick a fight with you, even though you're not doing anything," said Northcutt. "You might smile at them wrong."
Some members of the Ala Moana Neighborhood Board brought up concerns that several bars in the area might be serving liquor past their 2 a.m. closing time, increasing intoxication and the chance for crime.
In the last week, Honolulu Police started a campaign to educate area bar owners in an effort to cut down on the violence. HPD is also considering increasing patrols in the area, which comes as good news to residents.
"You going look around, you going see one cop, you not going do something bad," said Takasaki.