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

  Kealoha scandal fuels push to seize pension benefits from criminals

  More than 405,000 Hawaii residents now on Medicaid after record-setting job losses

  Police dig up a section of beach after tip about missing toddler’s remains

  New data shows child abuse reporting dropped amid COVID-related school closures

  Saving a snorkeler in trouble all in a day’s work for this ‘hero’ construction worker

  Small vaccine clinics cater to seniors in hard-hit Pacific Islander community

  Pandemic’s precautions make it tough for Hawaii seniors to get tax help

  State figures: Thousands in Hawaii are overdue for second dose of vaccine

Health insurance plans absorb hefty medical bills for COVID patients

  Second vaccine shots for large group of seniors could limit distribution of first doses

  Former council member details focus of federal probe into ex-HPD chief’s payoff

  HPD report shows police force used most on Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders

  Retired police officer who pleaded guilty in Kealoha case sentenced

Years-long Kealoha mailbox case to come to an end as last 2 defendants are sentenced

  State struggles to vaccinate the Pacific Islander communities hardest hit by COVID-19

  Gunman who killed doctor in Texas hostage situation had troubled history in Hawaii

  To ease courts backlog, prosecutors are considering plea deals in DUI cases

  Mayor identifies affordable workforce rentals as a top priority

  Former no. 2 under Caldwell is working at Council to get taxpayer-funded benefits

Witness in drug case involving Katherine Kealoha’s brother is now on the run

  Parade of former, current council members subpoenaed to testify in federal probe

  Most city surveillance cameras in Chinatown are broken and won’t be fixed

  Kahele calls for explanation on how U.S. military is handling internal extremists

  Online scheduling glitch leads to hundreds being turned away from Maui vaccination site

  Schools will have to absorb $5M they used to buy PPE in pandemic’s early days

  Schools that purchased PPE early on won’t be reimbursed with emergency funds

  DOE finds a way to spare hundreds of teaching positions, but hundreds more at risk

  Veterans home with state’s deadliest outbreak begins vaccinating residents, staff

  Legal battle brewing over portion of proceeds from sale of Kealohas’ home

  ‘In crisis’: Superintendent says 1,300 teaching positions could be cut by end of year