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

  Surge in COVID-19 cases across US raises questions about Hawaii’s plan to reopen tourism

  Efforts to combat unemployment fraud create new headaches for filers

  Come Aug. 1, will Hawaii residents who take short mainland trips have to quarantine? Maybe.

  State forges ahead with plan to reopen tourism with testing, despite potential loophole

  The plan for testing visitors is still murky, but bookings are already coming in

Unemployment office changes call center hours while new issues delay payments

  Hawaii Attorney General victimized by identity thieves who targeted unemployment program

  Identity thieves have stolen at least $15.8M in Hawaii jobless benefits ... and probably much more

  Hawaii lawmakers advance police reform bill that’s been years in the making

  Dispute between state, ride-hailing companies delays unemployment payments for drivers

  Legislature reconvenes to tackle economic crisis, police reform

  State says greater testing capacity, digital records on visitors needed to restart tourism

  The lockdown shuttered these Kona businesses, but the absence of tourists is keeping them closed

  With some improvising, state agencies welcome thousands of workers back to the office

The eviction moratorium has been extended through July 31. Then what?

  With tourism shut down, sustainable start-ups hope to fuel a new era in Hawaii’s economy

Corrections officer charged with trying to smuggle meth into Oahu prison

  Lawmakers quiz state: Why can restaurants reopen but bars can’t?

Family of abused child sues, claiming Tripler should have done more

  More volunteers sought for state’s new contact tracing program

  Hawaii man who fought COVID-19 discharged after two months in hospital

  New COVID-19 infection identified through state’s expanded surveillance program

  Suspect in violent sex assault cites COVID-19, speedy trial violation in release requests

  Head of Labor Department: 190,000 could remain unemployed through end of year

  Getting unemployment benefits? You might want to save some for Uncle Sam

Inmates released due to pandemic are back behind bars

  Hawaii’s narrow eviction moratorium means not everyone is protected

  Lawmakers urge paroling authority to delay another large prisoner release

  Inmate releases amid COVID-19 fears are putting a big strain on service providers

  Hawaii lawmakers budget $36M for airport scanners to identify sick passengers