Update: Man arrested in Waikiki dumpster death

Joseph Kahawai in court Thursday morning
Joseph Kahawai in court Thursday morning

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update 5:33 p.m. Thursday]

Joseph Kahawai is now under arrest for murder. He was in court this morning on terroristic threatening charges, but late Thursday afternoon, a murder 2 charge was added. He has not been charged yet.

[Original story posted below on Wednesday]

A 46-year old man with an extensive criminal record is back in jail, charged with threatening a woman who was later found dead in a dumpster.  Joseph Kahawai was arrested Monday afternoon.

On October 20th, a worker at a downtown Honolulu shelter witnessed Kahawai threaten 51-year old Janine Meyer.  Meyer was a resident of the shelter.

On October 28th, Meyer's body was found in the dumpster behind the Hawaiian Colony Condos in Waikiki.

Police sources say a witness reported seeing Kahawai drag an object to the dumpster.  Hawaii News Now has also learned, surveillance video shows a man -- believed to be Kahawai --climbing into the dumpster and putting trash on top of the body.

The relationship between the two is unclear, but they had been seen together in the weeks before her death.  Another police report was made against Kahawai at the shelter earlier this year.  That was for criminal trespass.  Workers at the shelter became so afraid of him, Honolulu Police Officers were signing up to work security there.

Kahawai has been convicted of numerous crimes, including robbery, burglary and theft.  The Medical Examiner has not ruled on a cause of death in the case.

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