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

  Prosecutors seek maximum sentence for former death row inmate found guilty of robbery

  Organization hosts gift drive to honor mothers impacted by domestic violence

  Police seek public’s help in finding truck driver who critically injured cyclist

  Under state’s new red light camera program, tickets will follow car owners not drivers

  Mayor: It’s unacceptable that HPD chief isn’t ‘front and center’ in wake of police shootings

  Attorneys question HPD for withholding body cam video of fatal shooting of teen

  GRAPHIC: Big Island fugitive accused of vicious attack on elderly woman arrested on Oahu

  Police commissioners lay groundwork for lengthy process of finding new HPD chief

  Police shooting review board will resume work after a year-long pause

  Council OKs audit of HPD overtime costs amid ongoing scrutiny

  Despite potential flooding threat, Wahiawa dam owners get more time to make repairs

  Attorney for Kaneshiro campaign donors disputes report connecting clients to corruption probe

  Honolulu’s police chief has 60 days to make big changes. What happens if she doesn’t?

  Crime spree leading up to deadly police shooting spanned several days

  Watchdogs question HPD chief’s personal purchases from vendors awarded CARES Act funds

  $30M worth of COVID testing kits expire in state storage facility

  In wake of several high-profile crimes on Oahu, HPD fails to provide crucial info to public

  Citing mounting costs, Hawaii County considers changes to post-travel testing program

  Kauai instructor accused of child sex crimes was also a longtime foster parent

  Ex-JROTC instructor charged with sexual exploitation of former student

  Expansion of federal food assistance proves to be a boon for Hawaii farmers

  Police chief says murdered toddler’s case didn’t meet criteria for Maile Amber Alert

3 convicted in mailbox scandal want to be vaccinated before heading to prison

  HPD’s embattled chief denies reports of low morale, promises better communication

Suspect in ‘sexual assault spree’ ordered to undergo mental health evaluation

  Police commissions are supposed to be watchdogs. Are Hawaii’s up to the challenge?

  In exception to rule, judge orders suspect in ‘sex assault spree’ to jail

  Hawaii police chiefs defend themselves on video, but won’t take reporters’ questions

Amid concerns about ‘discontent’ at HPD, chief denies authorizing new quota for officers

  After Hauula roads turned into ‘roaring’ rivers, residents spend a day cleaning up