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Police Allege Isabella Kalua Duct-Taped and Locked in Dog Cage Before Death
By Andrew Walden @ 11:03 PM :: 2578 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Law Enforcement

As Lehua and Isaac Kalua were today arraigned and held without bail by order of Oahu Family Court Judge Linda Martell, the criminal complaint against them reveals many previously unreported allegations regarding the death of Isabella Kalua. 

Here are the key excerpts:

11. Lehua and her husband Isaac Kalua, Ill, also known as Sonny, (hereinafter "Isaac") adopted three of the biological children of Joseph and Sellers including I.M.K. {2009), I.P.K., I.L.K. {2018). They are also the foster parents of A.J. (2020), who is another biological child of Joseph and Sellers….

...The records indicated that I.M.K. and I.P.K. began residing with Lehua and Isaac in February 2019.

13. The CWS records also included an Adoption Decree filed on February 11, 2021. The Adoption Decree indicated that the decree was effective January 26, 2021….

19. On September 13, 2021, video surveillance was recovered from the Kalua residence. I.P .K. was last seen on the surveillance cameras on August 18, 2021.

20. On November 5, 2021 at about 1:30 p.m. Detective Shayne Iwamoto (hereinafter "Detective Iwamoto") conducted a recorded interview with I.M.K. I.M.K. related the following information:

a. That she was asked to keep a secret by Lehua and Isaac regarding what happened to I. P. K.;

b. I.M.K. stated that the secret was that I.P.K. was in the bathroom in a dog cage, duct tape on her mouth and nose, and she didn't wake up. I.M.K. further stated that she, the two smaller children, Isaac and Lehua were sleeping when they got up at 3:32a.m. Lehua and I.M.K. went to check on I.P.K. in the bathroom and I.P.K. "didn't wake up." I.M.K. then was told to go back to sleep and Isaac and Lehua stayed up. She does not know where they put I.P.K. the next morning;

c. I.M.K. also stated that she was asked to keep that secret around two months ago and that she knows I.P.K. is dead because she was there. I.M.K. stated she was there because her parents woke her up;

d. After being woken up she went into the bathroom and saw that I.P .K. had duct tape on her nose and mouth, and was not breathing. Lehua then filled the bathtub with water and put I.P .K. in it to ·see if she would wake up, but it did not work. I.M.K. then had to help carry I.P.K. to their bedroom;

e. With regards to the bathtub I.M.K. explained that they took I.P.K. out of the cage and put I.P.K. in the bathtub but she still did not wake up;

f. According to I.M.K., Lehua woke up first and then woke up Isaac. At the time I.M.K., Lehua, Isaac, I.L.K. and A.J. were the only ones at home;

g. According to I.M.K., after Lehua filled the bathtub and I.P.K. would not wake up, Lehua then drained the bathtub and a few days later Isaac went to Kaiser to "pretend that he was COVI D";

h. I.M.K. stated that she knew Isaac was pretending because she knows that he took off work to "help mom." When asked why Isaac would need to help mom, I.M.K. stated "to get rid of the stuff ... evidence";

i. I.M.K. stated that when Lehua bought the dog cage via the internet, she was there. The family did not have a dog at the time;

j. I.M.K. stated that Lehua bought the dog cage because I.P.K. would sneak around at night and want to eat because she was hungry. I.M.K. stated I.P.K. would be hungry because Lehua would not feed her. I.M.K. tried to sneak food to I.P.K. on occasions but Lehua would catch them and become upset. So, Lehua bought the cage to keep I.P.K. inside of it at night;

k. Lehua put duct tape on I.P.K. "plenty of times" because I.P.K. would sneak around and eat. I.M.K. stated that she believes the duct tape came from Isaac's job and that Isaac had seen both I.M.K. and I.P.K. tied up with duct tape on other occasions and did nothing….

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