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

  Statistics suggest returning residents, not visitors, more likely to bring COVID-19 into Hawaii

  Honolulu’s mayor proposes additional testing changes for trans-Pacific travelers

  City Council leader calls on police chief to bring back COVID-19 enforcement team

  New COVID-19 treatment administered in Hawaii as hospitals brace for holiday surge

  Analysis: Asians in Hawaii more likely to die of COVID-19 than other ethnic groups

  Maui police chief admits to hit-and-run that damaged man’s motorcycle

  State health officials defend 2-day delay of new COVID-19 case totals

  Amid encouraging vaccine news, state releases draft vaccine distribution plan

  Hawaii receives newest COVID-19 treatment, but it hasn’t been distributed to hospitals yet

  No Hawaii hospitals have what’s needed to properly store the leading COVID-19 vaccine

  Vet learns the hard way that the VA isn’t a 'trusted partner’ in pre-travel testing program

  To keep family and friends safe, forgo the usual holiday gatherings this year: Experts

Katherine Kealoha refuses to see her attorney as sentencing date nears

  Calls grows for mask mandate, but leaders don’t agree on how to make it happen

Firefighters take their battle over a new rescue unit to Honolulu Hale

  Fire chief summoned to Council following investigation into overtime, spending

  State hopes to scale up participation in surveillance testing of incoming travelers

  An 8-year battle with the law left him hopeless and on the streets. Now he’s fighting back.

  Spike in Big Island cases described as an ‘islandwide problem’

Woman critically injured in suspected assault at her Black Point home

  Hospitals on Maui, Oahu on alert as COVID-19 outbreak on Lanai grows

  Councilman calls for release of fire chief’s performance evaluations

  Questions raised about state’s contractor choice for new unemployment call center

  Expert: Video chats (and a little TV) can help infants make up for lost interactions

  Caldwell wants post-travel test for those who don’t get one before arrival

  Before sentencing, woman responsible for a double-fatal DUI crash faces victims' families

  Ex-MPD officer to plead guilty to federal charge connected to inappropriate behavior

  The state is still developing its plan for how to handle COVID-19 cases on campuses

  Amid pandemic, state sees 'concerning’ drop in preventive care visits for Hawaii keiki

  Support group helps men who survived child sex abuse cope with the trauma