Key Players

Katherine Kealoha

The wife of former police chief Louis Kealoha, Katherine Kealoha is at the center of the federal corruption investigation. A former deputy prosecuting attorney who led prosecutions into career criminals. Katherine and Louis Kealoha are also charged with financial crimes relating to her handling of money for her grandmother and uncle as well as stealing money from two children for whom she was appointed as financial guardian. Also charged in a separate case accusing her and her brother of drug dealing.

Louis Kealoha

Former Honolulu police chief who was forced to retire in 2017 shortly before he was indicted on charges relating to corruption, conspiracy and financial fraud. He and his wife, Katherine, are accused of framing her uncle for the theft of their mailbox. He is also implicated in bank fraud and financial wrongdoing stemming from the misappropriation of funds from the accounts of two children for whom Katherine was financially responsible. Louis Kealoha oversaw the secretive police investigative unit that has also been implicated in the conspiracy.

Gordon Shiraishi

The captain of the HPD Criminal Intelligence Unit. Indicted for participating in the alleged mailbox theft frame job and coverup. Shiraishi is accused of lying to the FBI and making false statements to a federal grand jury about his involvement in the alleged set up. A police academy classmate of Louis Kealoha.

Derek Hahn

A lieutenant in the HPD Criminal Intelligence Unit. A former business partner with Katherine Kealoha in a solar energy business. Charged with participating in the alleged frame job involving the mailbox theft. Hahn was also accused of filing a false police report about an alleged burglary at the Kealoha home in 2012.

Minh-Hung “Bobby” Nguyen

An officer assigned to the HPD Criminal Intelligence Unit and accused of participating in the mailbox theft frame job. Lived on the Kealoha property while married to Katherine’s niece. Nguyen is accused of lying to investigators and unlawfully searching Puana’s home in 2011.

J. Michael Seabright

The U.S. District Court judge who is presiding over the criminal cases against Louis and Katherine Kealoha and their alleged co-conspirators. He’s a former federal prosecutor himself, who specialized in white collar and organized crime.

Michael Wheat

Assistant U.S. attorney from San Diego. He is leading the team of special prosecutors and investigators delving into public corruption and abuse of power in Hawaii law enforcement and other agencies.

Cynthia Kagiwada

Katherine Kealoha’s attorney in the federal criminal cases. She is being paid with public dollars after the Kealohas said they couldn’t afford legal counsel.

Rustam Barbee

Louis Kealoha’s attorney in the federal criminal cases. He is being publicly funded due to his client’s lack of ability to aford legal counsel.

Gerard Puana

Katherine Kealoha’s uncle. Accused of stealing her mailbox in June 2013, three months after he and his mother, Florence, filed a lawsuit against Katherine alleging she’d bilked them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The theft case was dismissed after his attorney convinced federal prosecutors he’d been framed. A jury sided with Katherine in the civil case, however, and the Puanas were ordered to pay her.

Florence Puana

Katherine Kealoha’s grandmother. Age 99. Along with her son, Gerard, had allowed Katherine to handle large financial transactions for her that federal prosecutors say were schemes aimed at propping up the Kealohas’ lifestyle well beyond their means. Lost a civil case to Katherine over the alleged misuse of funds.

Keith Kaneshiro

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney. Katherine Kealoha’s boss for many years. A named target of the Justice Department investigation, he went on paid leave in December after the state attorney general petitioned the Hawaii Supreme Court to have him suspended.

Donna Leong

Honolulu Corporation Counsel, the city’s top civil lawyer. A named target in the Justice Department investigation, Leong went on paid leave in January. The feds are apparently interested in her involvement in the decision to give Louis Kealoa $250,000 in severance pay when he retired from the police department.

Rudolph Puana

Katherine Kealoha’s younger brother. Puana is a double-board certified anesthesiologist who was indicted in January 2019 along with Kealoha for running a prescription drug ring.

Alexander Silvert

Gerard Puana’s federal public defender. Discovered his client was apparently being framed for stealing the Kealoha mailbox. Brought in the Justice Department and triggered the still unfolding corruption and conspiracy investigation.