Iosua Fiso, 26, died of stab wounds to his chest on Sunday (Courtesy: Fiso Family)
Ilai Luamanu, 28, was arrested Friday night on suspicion of second-degree murder (Image: Hawaii News Now)
(Courtesy: Fiso Family)
MAKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Honolulu police on Friday night arrested a man wanted on suspicion of second-degree murder following a stabbing in Makiki.
Police arrested 28-year-old Ilai Luamanu at around 10:40 p.m. at an address on Kalakaua Avenue in McCully-Moiliili area. He was charged Sunday for second-degree murder, police said. His bail was set at $500,000.
Police said Luamanu fled the scene after the stabbing happened near the corner of Kinau and Makiki Streets on Sunday afternoon. The victim, identified as 26-year-old Iosua Fiso, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Medical Examiner’s Office said he died of stab wounds to the chest.
Fiso's younger brother, Si'o Fiso, says he doesn't know what his brother was doing in Makiki on Sunday or who he was with, but remembers him as a fearless man who loved playing sports.
"Iosua is definitely a soldier in my eyes," Si'o Fiso said. "The way he pursued things, how he dreamed of things and talked of wanting to go after things to be successful in life. Never have I heard him talk about how afraid he was or being skeptical about the people he's hanging around with."
Fiso says he doesn't know the suspect personally, but is glad an arrest has been made.
"I feel a little bit of relief, but there's still a lot of questions and thoughts that's in the back of my head," Si'o Fiso said.
Fiso's funeral arrangements are being planned for next week.