HPD Media Release

Hawaiʻi Police detectives have charged a suspect with attempted murder for a stabbing incident that occurred in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates on Friday, (January 26).

On Friday, at approximately 11:50 a.m., Kau Patrol Officers responded to a property located in the 92-1600 block of Kona Drive in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision for a report of an assault in progress. Upon their arrival, police determined that a 31-year-old male victim and 39-year-old Moses Libero, both of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, were involved in a confrontation in which the male victim sustained stab wounds on his neck, chest, and forearm. The victim was transported to the Kona Community Hospital in critical condition and later transported to the Queens Medical Center on Oahu, where he remains, for further treatment.

Officers arrested Libero for Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and he was transported to the Kealakehe Police Station pending further investigation by detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section.

On Sunday, (January 28), at 9:00 a.m., Libero was charged with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree. His bail was set at $250,000 and he remains in police custody at the Kealakehe Police Station pending his initial court appearance at Kona District Court this morning, (January 29).

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective David Matsushima, via email at [email protected], or at (808)326-4646 ext. 224.


Hawaiʻi Police are investigating a stabbing that took place in Hawaiian Ocean View at a residence near the 1600 block of Kona Drive.

Police responding to the incident that occurred at 12:10 p.m. today, (January 26), learned that a 31-year old male was involved in a confrontation with a Moses Libero a 39-year-old male. During the struggle Libero brandished a knife and stabbed the 31-year-old three times, striking him in the right side of his neck, right upper chest and left forearm.

Police were able to immediately apprehended Libero

and called HFD Medical for the victim. The victim was transported to the Kona Hospital in critical condition. He is being transported to Queens Medical Center on Oahu for additional treatment.

Police are actively investigating the incident, which is classified as an Attempted Murde