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

Louis and Katherine Kealoha offered plea deals from federal prosecutors

Whistleblower suspects Kealoha’s investigation into Board of Water Supply was a sham

  Suspect in Ala Moana shooting charged with murder, bail set at $1M

  Attorney: Taxpayers could foot bigger bill if city doesn’t settle suit over Kealoha wrongdoing

  City shows off much-needed upgrades to Honolulu’s most popular park

  Keith Kaneshiro not running for re-election amid federal probe, his attorney says

  Push to impeach Kaneshiro continues as he collects taxpayer-funded salary while on leave

  Alleged false police report at center of retaliation claim against prosecutor’s office

  Investor offers to buy back city’s problem-plagued domestic violence safe house

  Court report: Katherine Kealoha should spend more than a decade behind bars

  Calls for police reform strengthened in light of misconduct allegations in MPD

  Katherine Kealoha’s relatives point to her conviction in bid for new civil trial

Maui police seek other possible victims of officer accused of abusing power

  Woman says she complained to MPD a year ago about officer accused of inappropriate conduct

  Maui officer accused of offering to throw trial for woman he arrested

  State scrambles to eradicate coqui frogs found on Oahu

  Retired judge testifies at grand jury hearing evidence against prosecutor’s office

Lawsuit filed after rented Kia Soul caught fire on the H-3, severely burning driver

  How much time will the Kealohas spend in prison? It depends

  $50M claim filed against Tripler in child abuse, manslaughter case

  Convicted child sex trafficker charged in armed robbery of tourists in Manoa

  Kealoha corruption case exposes lack of available court-appointed attorneys

Katherine Kealoha refuses to leave detention center for court hearing

  New court-appointed attorney for Katherine Kealoha has potential conflict

  Stadium vendor hit with big fine for repeatedly selling alcohol to minors

  Judge tosses confession from accomplice of alleged Big Island cop killer

  Federal investigators probe Katherine Kealoha’s role in costly rail project delay

Katherine Kealoha’s new attorney wants more time to review evidence for 2nd trial

  ‘The world knows the truth;’ Man framed by Kealohas speaks out for first time since historic verdict

  HPD training videos show disgraced Kealohas lecturing officers about ethics