Dwight Nadamoto on Monday registered with the state Campaign Spending Commission as a candidate for Honolulu prosecutor.

Nadamoto, the acting prosecutor, appears set to join a growing field that includes Steve Alm, a former prosecutor, retired judge and probation advocate.

Elected Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro has been on paid leave since March after he received an FBI target letter amid the Kealoha corruption investigation.

Acting Prosecutor Dwight Nadamoto says he received federal subpoena at a press confrerence.
Acting Prosecutor Dwight Nadamoto at a press conference in November. He is now looking to run for the job. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha are awaiting sentencing in that case. Nadamoto himself has been served a subpoena in the ongoing investigation.

Others in the 2020 race for prosecutor are defense attorney Megan Kau, deputy public defender Jacquelyn “Jacquie” Esser, Honolulu attorney Tae Kim and former deputy prosecuting attorney RJ Brown.

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