Lynn Kawano

Lynn Kawano

Chief Investigative Reporter

Honolulu, HI

"There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home." I'd close my eyes, even click my heels, but it took 17 years for it to work!

After jaunts in Boise, Idaho, Kansas City, Missouri, and Dallas, Texas, It's so nice to finally be ... Home.

Don't get me wrong, I loved every city I've lived in. In Boise, I learned to play ice hockey and snowboard. In Kansas City, I began a long-term, but painful relationship with the Kansas City Chiefs. And in Dallas, I met my husband and our kids were born.

I've covered amazing stories during my jaunts across the mainland: The Super Bowl in Dallas, The World Series, Tornados ripping through Kansas, and Hurricane Katrina. Our crew spent days in New Orleans -- no shower, we slept in the car, ate MREs, and had National Guard guns pointed at us, but we witnessed an amazing show of survival by the people of Louisiana.

Every minute of every day during my career, I was having a blast. I was surrounded by great friends on the mainland, but after the kids were born, we realized how important it was to have family around.

I grew up surrounded by family. When I was born, we lived in Waipahu, near the old 'Kawano Store' my great-grandparents owned. When I was four, we moved to Pearl City. Almost every weekend, mom would make musubis before sunrise. She and my dad would take us to the beach. My brother, my sister, and I would play all day. Weekend evenings would be spent with cousins and the extended family. Life was good.

I graduated from St. Andrew's Priory School and then, UH. While in college, I interned at KHNL and immediately after graduation, started working at KGMB. It's so funny to me that I have returned to both stations, only, they're ONE station now! This has been a homecoming for me in every way and after 17 years on the mainland, I can honestly say... there's no place like home!

Recent Articles by Lynn

  ‘The world knows the truth;’ Man framed by Kealohas speaks out for first time since historic verdict

  HPD training videos show disgraced Kealohas lecturing officers about ethics

  ‘Holidays are the worst:’ Ex-con, defense attorney details life behind bars for Kealoha

  Unsealed records: Kealoha was prosecuting cases despite ‘serious’ medical condition

  Legal expert: One witness stands out of the 70 in the Kealoha mailbox trial

  Defense team rests in Kealoha trial; closing arguments set for next week

  Katherine Kealoha adds new attorney mid-trial as prosecution rests its case

  Career criminal netted in crackdown on gang faces life behind bars

  Newly-released evidence in Kealoha trial includes enhanced video of mailbox theft

  After 12 days and 55 witnesses, Kealoha ‘mailbox trial’ takes a week off

  Expert testifies signatures on key documents in Kealoha case were likely forged

  ‘Absolutely not’: Relative who Kealohas alleged stole their mailbox tells jurors he’s innocent

  Prosecution’s questioning leaves judge in Kealoha corruption trial peeved

Key actors in federal ‘mailbox trial’ do a little ... acting

  Ex-deputy city prosecutor: Katherine Kealoha directed me to get conviction on her uncle

In 5th day of ‘mailbox trial,’ government focuses on pivotal 2011 arrest

  ‘I perpetuated the lie’: Former officer testifies against Kealohas in mailbox trial

Completed questionnaires offer insight into prospective jurors for Kealoha trial

  Louis Kealoha has ‘a temper’ and other things we learned in week 1 of the ‘mailbox trial’

  Homicide detective who helped investigate Kealoha mailbox theft asked ‘Why us?’

  ‘The Mailbox Trial’: Public corruption case of unprecedented scope in Hawaii gets underway

Doctors: Key witness won’t be able to testify in person at Kealoha trial

  In bizarre twist, businessman labeled as ‘possible suspect’ in Kealoha mailbox theft

After manhunt, authorities nab convicted felon released from OCCC

  Film on Waianae man credited for his heroism on 9/11 now available

  'Passed out cold’: Inmate who escaped Maui jail says guards slept through jail break

  Internal affairs case opened after DPS’ head trainer accused of puffing up resume

  Deputy sheriffs, COs using guns and ammo that violate state policy

Petition to impeach city prosecutor prompts legal debate: Are e-signatures legal?

  37 years ago, her murder gripped Oahu. But from the start, the investigation went astray