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How A Princess’s Embattled Fortune Could Become A Massive Native Hawaiian Charity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How A Princess’s Embattled Fortune Could Become A Massive Native Hawaiian Charity

Four other trusts, derived from the wealth of Native Hawaiian royalty, support a wide range of philanthropies and hold vast business interests.

Fight For Hawaiian Royalty’s Fortune Pulls AG Into The Fray Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fight For Hawaiian Royalty’s Fortune Pulls AG Into The Fray

The agency says it has a legal obligation to protect Native Hawaiian beneficiaries of Abigail Kawananakoa’s charity.

Will Native Hawaiians Be The Victims In This Fight Over A Royal Fortune? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Native Hawaiians Be The Victims In This Fight Over A Royal Fortune?

The legacy of a Hawaiian princess who has spent her life supporting Hawaiian causes is at stake in a struggle over control of her $200 million estate.

Ex-Cop Sues Honolulu For Not Paying To Defend Him In Assault Lawsuit Screen shot from KITV

Ex-Cop Sues Honolulu For Not Paying To Defend Him In Assault Lawsuit

The Police Commission rejected Nelson Tamayori’s request for legal aid, but approved it for another officer facing the same allegations.

Ex-Honolulu Cop Offers $300,000 To Settle Suit With Bartender He Shot Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Ex-Honolulu Cop Offers $300,000 To Settle Suit With Bartender He Shot

If a judge signs off, Anson Kimura will pay the victim $300,000 and testify on her behalf as she goes after his former employer and colleagues in court.

Judge Blasts Honolulu Prosecutors Over Handling Of Theft Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Blasts Honolulu Prosecutors Over Handling Of Theft Case

She said a private company appeared to have “orchestrated the vast majority of the investigation” of its former employee.

 

Police Commissioners Clash Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Secret Hearings Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Police Commissioners Clash Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Secret Hearings

Despite vehement objections from a former federal prosecutor and retired supreme court justice, the commission voted to hold hearings behind closed doors.

Two Police Commissioners Say Secret Hearings For Cops Are Improper Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Two Police Commissioners Say Secret Hearings For Cops Are Improper

Officers want Honolulu taxpayers to foot their legal bills in a corruption lawsuit, and the commission is scheduled to decide behind closed doors.

Can Revamped Honolulu Ethics Commission Rebuild Its Credibility? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Revamped Honolulu Ethics Commission Rebuild Its Credibility?

The commission’s former executive director often tangled with Mayor Caldwell’s administration. Now new director Jan Yamane has big plans for change.

Why Taxpayers Might Have To Pay For Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Attorney Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Taxpayers Might Have To Pay For Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Attorney

Former police chief Louis Kealoha’s request for legal fees at taxpayer expense is causing angst for Honolulu police commissioners.

Honolulu Police Commission: Where’s Our Consultant? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Commission: Where’s Our Consultant?

The commission hoped to be swearing in a new police chief this summer. But a delay in hiring a consultant to assist in the search has pushed the timeline back to at least September.

Embattled City Prosecutor Kealoha Has Been On Unpaid Leave Since April Screen shot/KHON

Embattled City Prosecutor Kealoha Has Been On Unpaid Leave Since April

She says the leave is due to a workplace injury and unrelated to the fact that she’s under federal investigation.