Police: Murder of Waipahu acupuncturist appears connected to love triangle

Honolulu police said Friday that a fatal shooting at a Waipahu business last month was not a random act and that two persons of interest have been identified.
Published: Feb. 4, 2022 at 3:30 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2022 at 6:25 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police said Friday that a fatal shooting at a Waipahu business last month was not a random act and that two persons of interest have been identified.

Speaking to reporters, HPD Lt. Deena Thoemmes said victim Jon Tokuhara, 47, was in a romantic relationship with a woman who is one of the persons of interest.

Her husband is the second.

“Both persons of interest have been uncooperative and retained attorneys,” Thoemmes said.

Search warrants have been executed on their home. Sources tell Hawaii News Now that one of their vehicles was also seized and cell phones were taken.

Police previously said Tokuhara’s mother discovered his body inside Tokuhara Acupuncture and Healthcare, the family’s business, just after 8 a.m. on Jan. 13.

Friends and relatives described Tokuhara as caring and a healer, and were left shocked by his death.

“I feel it’s so important that we find some kind of resolution and justice for this senseless act. Because he’s such a special person that means a lot to so many people here,” said Nicole Trazo, a friend.

The attorneys for the persons of interest declined a request for comment from Hawaii News Now.

Other defense attorneys, meanwhile, say it’s not uncommon for police to take weeks to make an arrest after persons of interest have been identified.

“When they have somebody, I never have a complaint about an investigation taking a long time because that means there’s an investigation,” said attorney Victor Bakke. “It’s when a quick rush to judgement that the community should be concerned.”

Honolulu police said the investigation is ongoing and asked for anyone with tips to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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