Murdered woman was afraid of accused killer

Collage of Janine Meyer pictures
Collage of Janine Meyer pictures
Joseph Kahawai
Joseph Kahawai

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Family members of Janine Meyer say the 51-year old was afraid of Joseph Kahawai.

Meyer's body was found in a Waikiki dumpster on October 28th.  The Medical Examiner's report says she died of asphyxiation.

Kahawai is under arrest for the crime.

Merrit Caldeira, says her sister told her she was going to get a restraining order against Kahawai because he had recently threatened her.   Days later, Meyer was found dead.

"The guy must have been a monster at the time," says Caldeira.

Meyer suffered from mental illness and was on constant medication, but Caldeira says her sister was sweet, always laughing, and would do anything to help a loved one.

Kahawai has been in and out of jail for years.  He's been convicted of robbery, theft and burglary.  He was arrested Wednesday for terroristic threatening.  Thursday, police added murder 2.  He has not been charged.  Police sources say Kahawai is seen on surveillance video in the dumpster hours before Meyer's body was found.

Meyer had been staying at a mental health center and workers there were so afraid of him, Honolulu Police officers were signing up to work extra security there.

Meyer's family is planning a memorial service Saturday.

"It's sad, she struggled, and she was probably terrified... and alone," says Caldeira.

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