KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – A 55-year-old Kona man who suffered third-degree burns in a domestic dispute that took place at Kahalu’u Beach Park has died from his injuries, police report.
Ghenghis Khan Kaaihue of Kailua-Kona was pronounced dead at at 11:17 p.m. Wednesday (February 18) at Straub Medical Center on Oahu. An autopsy will be conducted by the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office to determine the exact cause of death.
The case has been reclassified to second-degree murder. Detectives from the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Area II Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.Hawaii County Police media release on Feb. 19, 2015
On the Sunday morning of February 15th, police issued an alert that Alii Drive was closed at Kahaluu Beach Park “while police investigate an incident that occurred at this location.”
Later in the day, fire crews issued a dispatch reporting the incident involved “burn victims from gasoline,” and “lifeguards on scene heard people screaming and saw two people on fire fronting Kahaluu Beach on Alii drive. Lifeuards extinguihed the fire and initiated oxygen treatment.” Both burn victims were transported to Kona Community Hospital. Later, police revealed details showing the incident was the result of a domestic situation.
Kona Patrol officers responding to an 8:55 a.m. call Sunday (February 15) determined that a 53-year-old Kailua-Kona woman had confronted her 55-year-old estranged husband, who was with another woman in a van parked on the roadside at Kahaluʻu Beach Park in Kona. When the woman began to pour gasoline on the vehicle, the man exited the van, and the two became involved in a physical struggle that ended with gasoline being poured onto their clothing and bodies.
According to witnesses, during the struggle the woman used a lighter to set both herself and the man on fire. Witnesses at the scene used a blanket and towels to extinguish the flames.
The two were taken to Kona Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries and then transferred to Straub Medical Center on Oahu, where they remain in critical condition. Hawaii County Police media release on Feb. 15, 2015
The woman who allegedly set fire to herself and Kaaihue remains at Straub in critical condition, police say.