Suspect in Cabbie Shooting Appears in Court

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- New details are emerging about a cab driver shooting that happened six months ago.  Court documents just released suggest the suspect, Gregory Kaahanui, made several mistakes that led to his arrest, mistakes such as leaving key evidence behind and bragging about the shooting.

Wearing a blue and white shirt, and waiting for his turn before the judge, Gregory Kaahanui notices our news camera.  The 25-year-old is charged with attempted murder, robbery and two firearms offenses.

Fifty-two-year-old taxi driver Yukyu Kim took a bullet to his neck and survived.

"Mr. Kaahanui, this is your initial appearance," the judge said.

According to a police affidavit, the cabbie told investigators, as he drove up to an ATM at Pearlridge July 28th, 2006, "he heard a loud noise and smelled smoke," and saw his passenger with a gun.  "The male then demanded money from him, but Kim, realizing that he had been shot, grabbed onto the handgun, and a struggle ensued," the affidavit says.

Kim says he fell out of the taxi, but managed to take the gun.  The attacker took off in the cab.  Officers later found it abandoned on Likelike Highway.

Police say the suspect left a ski cap in the taxi and a jacket along the highway.  Court papers say the DNA profile recovered from the collar of the jacket matched that of Gregory Maika Kaahanui, and the DNA profile obtained from the ski cap matched that of Kaahanui.

Investigators say, during questioning, Kaahanui said, "It was a mistake," and, "It should have never even happened in the first place."

Bail is set at $100,000.

"In the meantime, you shouldn't talk to anybody other than your attorney," the judge said.

Kaahanui's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.