Repeat offender arrested in Wainiha, Kauai

Kyle Masato Matsumoto
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Kyle Masato Matsumoto

WAINIHA  – Police have arrested repeat offender Kyle Masato Matsumoto for the second time in two days.

Matsumoto, age 36 of Hanalei, was most recently arrested on Monday for second degree theft, after he allegedly stole a handbag from a visiting Japanese couple on a beach in Hā’ena earlier that morning. The handbag contained an undisclosed amount of cash and credit cards.


Monday’s arrest came on the heels of Saturday’s arrest, when Matsumoto was booked for first degree burglary and credit card theft. He was released later that day after posting a $12,000 bond.

Matsumoto remains in police custody today in lieu of $157,000 bail.

According to police, Matsumoto has an extensive criminal history and has several pending criminal cases against him relating to theft, unauthorized entry into motor vehicles, and criminal property damage.

“Mr. Matsumoto is a known criminal offender in the Hā’ena-Hanalei district and has been arrested on numerous occasions, which has frustrated both our officers and our community,” stated Assistant Chief Ale Quibilan. “We will continue to work with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney to see these cases through to completion.”





  1. Kyle has been an ongoing scourge for years in the North Shore area. Kauai has been woeful in putting people like Kyle away. This is a chance to show us now what is 'supposed' to happen to thieves on Kauai, that they can't just run a muck among us. I don't care who's cousin he is… he needs to go to jail- and stay there.

    • Merry Christmas to everyone on the N shore. The island just became safer a place for both locals and tourist as he obviously does not discriminate his victims. 5 years minimum this time, his hall pass is up.

    • When you say "I don't care who's cousin he is" what does that mean???????
      Just curious???!!!

  2. The Kauai group, Citizens Against Thieves – or CAT – has been working with law enforcement to put pressure on the justice system to ensure repeat offenders are taken as a more serious threat during sentencing. See for more information or to get involved with the activities.

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