PAHOA, Hawaii – Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking witnesses to the start of a fire that gutted a large commercial section of Pāhoa Village.
Police say the fire started just after midnight Monday at a vacant business at 15-2948 Pāhoa Government Road next to Luquin’s restaurant in Pāhoa town.
Luquin’s was destroyed by the blaze, as was the adjoining Akebono Theater. It was a devastating loss for the community.
Police do not suspect foul play. They ask anyone who saw or heard the start of the fire to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2383 or email@example.com.
Police say Pāhoa Government road remains closed between Kauhale St and Kaleo’s Resturant until Tuesday evening.