WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Joseph Kahawai pleaded guilty Monday morning to manslaughter in the 2013 death of Janine Meyer in Waikiki.
Kahawai, who is now 48, is accused of killing Meyer, 51, and placing her body in a dumpster behind a low rise condo. He is believed to have met the victim at a homeless shelter where she lived, and according to police sources, was seen on surveillance video in the dumpster before her body was discovered there.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner determined that Meyer died of asphyxiation.
Kahawai was initially charged with murder, but a plea deal that was endorsed by Meyers' family allowed Kahawai to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter if he agreed to serve the full 20 years in prison. He will not be eligible for parole, work furlough or early release.
Sentencing is scheduled for September.