2 Arrested in Hawaii in Killing of Former Encinitas Resident

A beach goer discovered Michael Colby's body on March 18 in Maui

Two men are being held in Hawaii in the killing of a former Encinitas resident who lived in Maui, Maui police confirmed.

Maui police arrested Healohaomakanaamekai Akahi Pua, 24, Saturday in the death of Michael Colby, a 39-year-old artist described by friends as an “amazing painter.”

Pua, charged with second-degree murder, was being held on $1 million bail.

A 16-year-old male was arrested on Friday by Maui police and turned over to the Sheriff’s Department.

Colby moved from Encinitas five years ago and enjoyed painting around the island.

A beach goer discovered his body on March 18 in the area of Ka‘a Point, just west of Kanaha Beach.

Colby’s friends raised money to hold memorial tributes to Colby in Maui and Encinitas.

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