Reward offered for help in Koshari Waits murder investigation

| June 20, 2014 | 3 Comments

Koshari Kahikili Waits, top, with his siblings. Photo courtesy of Nancy Stardove Campbell-Kowardy

Koshari Kahikili Waits, top, with his siblings. Photo courtesy of Nancy Stardove Campbell-Kowardy


Maui Police investigators released information this week that Molokai murder victim Koshari Kahikili Waits was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.
Koshari Waits after surfing at Halawa Bay. Photo courtesy of Nancy Stardove Campbell-Kowardy

Koshari Waits after surfing at Halawa Bay. Photo courtesy of Nancy Stardove Campbell-Kowardy


Waits, 19, was found dead one month ago near the area where he lived in Mapulehu on Molokai’s East End. A man on a moped saw Kahikili lying motionless on a dirt roadway at 6:45 a.m. on May 20 in the area of Kamehameha V Highway and milepost 15.

The following day, Jeffrey K. Davis, a 39-year old male with no local address, was placed under arrest in connection with the murder. Davis was not charged and has been released.

Earlier this week, the television news station KITV exclusively reported that Waits’s family is offering a $25,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest and a conviction. They plan to place an ad this week in The Maui News and the Molokai Dispatch newspapers.

Right now, investigators are processing forensic evidence at the Honolulu Police Department, KITV reported. However, according to Koshari’s mom Nancy Campbell-Kowardy, Detective Lee on Maui, who was part of the investigation on Molokai, said the evidence is still on Maui waiting for the lab in Honolulu to say they are ready to receive it.

“It has been one month since the autopsy was completed and yet the forensic evidence has not even been requested by the lab in Honolulu,” wrote Campbell-Kowardy in an email today.

“I’m really praying that if anybody has any real information they can help answer some of these questions and help us as a family to give us some kind of peace so I don’t have to be laying awake at night wondering what happened,” Campbell-Kowardy told KITV.

Campbell-Kowardy emphasized in her email that Koshari’s extended family on his father’s side will be offering the reward and taking out the newspaper ads, not her.

There’s also a Facebook group called “In Loving Memory of Koshari Nalu Kahikili Waits.”

The Pu’u O Hoku Ranch on Molokai, where Koshari worked, is holding a surf clinic in his honor in Halawa Valley on July 2.

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  1. HAWAIIANGIRL says:

    Hopefully this reward will help bring some answers for the family.

    • steve says:

      and hopefully this reward was offered with the maui police being informed prior.

      these offers can have a negative effect on an investigation if they are not handled correctly.

      we just hammered the maui police for their public comments regarding the now-fatal accident at west end. i think now’s the time to hammer kitv for handling this as an “exclusive”. this sounds pretty exploitive to me- had they felt it that important to spread the word of a reward, why “exclusive”?

      one would think it should be put out there for as many as possible to hear about.

      amazing what they do for a few more viewers these days.

      my thoughts and condolences go out to the family, but please trust in the maui detectives working this case- it took them a year of shoe leather to find the perp in the case of those horses shot in kalae.

      again, i don’t mean to take away from the seriousness of the family’s loss, but the cops are there for a reason. i trust they geev ’em.

  2. kila says:

    Please, please.. do not let this story die. For the family’s sake and for Molokai’s sake. Please pressure journalists to do their job and get to the truth of this investigation. My hopes are that the police and investigators are doing their job quietly.. but, my fears are they have dropped the ball. With rumors abundant, I do not see much followup by the investigators and the longer it goes.. the colder it gets. Please, again, do your job as journalistic. Thank you for this update!

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