Kauai man sentenced in vicious attack on elderly man

Kawika I. Manaku
Kawika I. Manaku

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kauai man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for a violent robbery at a Kapaa liquor store.

Police say Kawika Manaku of Anahola, robbed the Kapaa Liquor and Wine Company on February 2, while on probation for a previous burglary.

The robbery of the liquor store was captured on surveillance video, showing the 29-year-old Manaku armed with a weapon, repeatedly striking an elderly man, who required stitches, staples for his wounds, and also suffered a dislocated finger.  When arrested, Manaku was found in possession of crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  

Manaku was sentenced to a 20-year prison term for the liquor store robbery, which he committed while on probation in another felony burglary case. In that case, Manaku was resentenced to a five-year prison term, to be served consecutively to the 20-year sentence for the robbery, which carries a mandatory minimum of six years and eight months. Effectively, Manaku will not be eligible to apply for parole until serving 11 years and eight months in prison. 

Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar stated, "This defendant's history of criminality, and the savage brutality of this robbery, indicate that a lengthy prison sentence is the only remedy left to protect the community from this defendant.  To viciously attack a kupuna who is going about the running of his store, displays a depravity that our community cannot accept."

The conviction was handed down by Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe after hearing arguments from Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Lisa R. Arin, and defense counsel, Mark Zenger.

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