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Kimo Kahoano Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

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Arkie Koehl Arkie Koehl

By Minna Sugimoto

KAILUA (KHNL) - Island entertainer Kimo Kahoano is in trouble with the law. He's the latest high-profile Oahu resident to be arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving calls it a disturbing trend.

James 'Kimo' Kahoano sings to a crowd. But now, the entertainer is singing the blues, after officers arrested him on suspicion of drunken driving Tuesday night.

"It's just, my gosh, here we go again," Arkie Koehl, public policy chair for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said.

Sources say Kahoano's blood alcohol level was .210, more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit.

Two weeks ago, police arrested state Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu, after he crashed his car on Moanalua Freeway. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of .171, more than double the legal limit.

Last week, officers pulled over Daniel Dae Kim, an actor on the hit TV show 'Lost.' His reported BAC of .168 was also more than twice the legal limit.

"My reaction is more just almost statistical," Koehl said. "If somebody famous enough to get on the front page is arrested, how many other people were driving drunk last night?"

Koehl says MADD is especially concerned because we're heading into the holiday season.

As of Monday, 52 people have died in 46 traffic crashes on Oahu this year. Police say 20 of the deadly collisions involved alcohol or drugs.

"We're already the worst state in the nation in terms of percent of alcohol-related traffic fatalities," Koehl said.

Police say Kahoano backed his car into another vehicle in Kailua, and then fled the scene. No one was hurt. Officers later located the 59-year-old in Waimanalo.

"We've had three well-known members of the community arrested," Koehl said. "And it doesn't speak well for our community."

Kahoano is free after posting $500 bail. He's scheduled to appear in court November 29th.

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