Katherine Kealoha will be allowed to resign from the practice of law in the state of Hawaii instead of being disciplined.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel announced Monday that the Hawaii Supreme Court has granted her request to resign, which the disciplinary counsel says is the same as being disbarred.

Her resignation will become effective on March 27.

Katherine Kealoha walks into District Court for sentencing. June 28, 2019

Katherine Kealoha walking into District Court for sentencing June 28, 2019.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The former city prosecutor was facing “serious disciplinary charges” stemming from her federal felony convictions, according to a news release from the disciplinary counsel.

She was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction, bank fraud, identity theft and misprision of a felony last year.

Sentencing was set for Tuesday but that has now been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. District Court said in a statement Monday,In the interest of the safety and health of the public and of court employees, the sentencing hearings for the Katherine Kealoha, Louis Kealoha, Derek Wayne Hahn, and Minh-Hung Nguyen, presently scheduled for March 17 and 18, 2020, are being postponed to a date to be determined.”

The statement said that an executive ordered will be entered shortly “to that effect.”

Kealoha, 49, was admitted to the Hawaii bar in 1996.

An urgent message to our readers . . .

It’s a critical time for our community as we all try to navigate unprecedented disruptions to our daily lives.

We want you to know that our nonprofit newsroom’s team of reporters, editors and support staff are committed to providing you with accurate and in-depth information on Hawaii’s important issues, including developments on how our island state is coping with this global pandemic.

Help ensure that our newsroom remains strong during this period when fact-based, trustworthy information is more important than ever. Please consider supporting Civil Beat by making a tax-deductible gift.

About the Author