Couple killed in double stabbing on Hawaii Island remembered for their ‘warmth’

The 21-year-old suspect accused of fatally stabbing his grandparents remains at the Hilo cellblock Tuesday as authorities prepare charges against him.
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 9:44 AM HST|Updated: Jan. 17, 2023 at 1:10 PM HST
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HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - A beloved couple killed in a double stabbing on Hawaii Island are being remembered for their warmth and generosity.

The two elderly victims — both 68 years old — were identified as Jeffrey Yoshio Takamine and Carla Kayoko Takamine, of Hilo. Their grandson, Joshua Ho, has been arrested.

The Takamines owned a popular store called Big Island Delights, which is now closed indefinitely.

Neighbor David Shiigi said he’s known the couple for decades and will remember them for their generosity.

“I have a nursery business and she went out of her way to help me when I used to go on trips,” said Shiigi. “And donate her products for me to share with people on the mainland.”

“So yeah, they were kind and both of them were good people,” Shiigi added.

In a statement released Tuesday, Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth said he was “blessed” to call the Takamines his friends.

“They were two of the most generous, giving and caring people I’ve ever known,” Roth said. “And I join in the grieving of many throughout our community who have had the privilege to be touched by their warmth and aloha.”

Hawaii Island man accused of fatally stabbing his grandparents

The incident happened at a residence on Makalika Street just before 7 a.m. on Monday.

Upon arrival, two people were found dead with stab wounds, police said.

Ho, 21, remains in custody.

Officials said the victims’ relatives restrained him before officers arrived.

Investigators spent the day searching the property and recovered a knife and sock.

Autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday morning to determine their exact cause of death.

An investigation remains ongoing.