Amid questions about her health, Heiress Kawananakoa seeks to amend trust to give wife $40M

Kawananakoa sits alongside wife in court Monday. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Kawananakoa sits alongside wife in court Monday. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Updated: Nov. 28, 2018 at 5:15 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The battle over Heiress Abigail Kawananakoa’s $215 million fortune is intensifying.

A new court filing shows the heiress wants to change her trust to make sure her wife, Veronica Worth, receives $40 million and all her personal property, including her chihuahua “Girlie Girl."

In court papers filed this week, Kawananakoa’s lawyers say she amended her trust.

They want a judge’s approval for the changes, the latest in a months-long court battle over her trust.

The petition states most of her assets would benefit Native Hawaiians, but a new charitable foundation would be formed because she has lost confidence in the existing one she created.

“This all comes down to not honoring Ms. Kawananakoa and what she chose for herself when she had full mental capacity,” said Rosanne Goo, co-counsel with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation.

An independent medical examination concluded that Kawananakoa lacked the mental capacity to manage her own financial affairs after she suffered a stroke-like attack last year.

Kawananakoa’s attorney, Michael Lilly, says his client is in fine health.

Meanwhile, a former longtime caretaker and the Abigail Kawananakoa Foundation filed a petition Tuesday seeking a conservator and guardian for the heiress to manage her personal estate.

They say the 92-year-old is a vulnerable kupuna who needs to be protected.

“Is she making the decisions herself? Are the people acting on her behalf really acting in her best interest?” questioned Goo.

“It really all comes back to her personally, how is she doing?”

They also want the court to appoint a kokua kanawai for Kawananakoa in this new proceeding.

“That’s an independent person who will come into the situation and look at things from the perspective of what is best for her?” Goo said.

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