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

  Mother of infant who died of Benadryl overdose in babysitter’s care: ‘You don’t ever get closure’

  Big Island child who starved to death was repeatedly returned to alleged abusers, records show

  In bizarre twist, head of public defender’s office that exposed Kealoha corruption is ousted

  Fugitive captured after leaping from rooftop to rooftop in hopes of evading officers

  Hawaii joins growing number of states enacting ‘red flag’ gun law

  State deploys new tactic in bid to get suit over Peter Boy Kema’s death tossed

Acting Honolulu Prosecutor summoned again to the federal grand jury in widening public corruption probe

  Technicality means the Kealohas could get less prison time in mailbox case

  State employees say supervisors are spying on them with taxpayer-funded cameras

  The question in ‘egregious’ inmate beating: Were guards properly trained?

  Suit: Kauai police failed to monitor woman who took an hour to kill herself with blanket

  After 16 years, Navy veteran exonerated in child sex assault case

  Time running out for those hoping to oust city prosecutor with special election

  Prosecutors move to dismiss case against Navy veteran wrongly convicted 16 years ago

  ‘Innocence Lost’: Man wrongly convicted of sex crimes faces another legal battle

  In wake of scandals, wide field of candidates vie for city prosecutor’s job

  Acting city prosecutor gets FBI subpoena to testify in ongoing criminal probe of his boss

  Despite overcrowding, Kauai jail considered a model for other correctional facilities

  Investigation launched after deputy sheriffs’ wrong-way chase on freeway

  Witnesses take stand to recount moments before, after Kalihi teen was fatally shot

  Who stole the Kealohas’ mailbox? 6 years later, prosecutors could finally find out

Couple arrested after Ala Moana Center robbery that left senior in coma

Katherine Kealoha’s loved ones ask federal judge for leniency in sentencing

  Katherine Kealoha’s outspoken attorney withdrawing from the mailbox case

  Katherine Kealoha’s ‘Alison Lee Wong’ resurfaces in bizarre court filing

  ‘We trusted her’: Man explains how Katherine Kealoha abused his trust

  His conviction was overturned after 2 other men confessed. Why is he being retried?

  Acting city prosecutor faces heat over failure to act in wake of scandals

  Experts: City unlikely to recoup Louis Kealoha’s $250,000 payout

  Under deal approved by judge, Kealohas plead guilty to remaining charges