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

  Investigation launched after deputy sheriffs’ wrong-way chase on freeway

  Witnesses take stand to recount moments before, after Kalihi teen was fatally shot

  Who stole the Kealohas’ mailbox? 6 years later, prosecutors could finally find out

Couple arrested after Ala Moana Center robbery that left senior in coma

Katherine Kealoha’s loved ones ask federal judge for leniency in sentencing

  Katherine Kealoha’s outspoken attorney withdrawing from the mailbox case

  Katherine Kealoha’s ‘Alison Lee Wong’ resurfaces in bizarre court filing

  ‘We trusted her’: Man explains how Katherine Kealoha abused his trust

  His conviction was overturned after 2 other men confessed. Why is he being retried?

  Acting city prosecutor faces heat over failure to act in wake of scandals

  Experts: City unlikely to recoup Louis Kealoha’s $250,000 payout

  Under deal approved by judge, Kealohas plead guilty to remaining charges

  The medical examiner - Honolulu’s highest paid city employee - is resigning

  Kealohas agree to plead guilty to remaining federal charges

  As both await sentencing, ex-police chief files for divorce from his wife

  Jailhouse phone calls could keep babysitter accused of killing infant behind bars

  Fiery outbursts get death row exoneree dragged out of Honolulu courtroom

  State senator suspects ‘cover-up’ in probe into Public Safety trainer’s credentials

  Kealohas want a judge, not a jury, to decide their fate in second criminal trial

Did Honolulu’s acting prosecutor lie to the City Council in his testimony?

  Suspected fentanyl dealer triggers massive raid at a Moiliili highrise

  Woman shares inappropriate images she says Maui officer at center of misconduct case sent her

  BBB warns about video game pop up ads targeting kid gamers

  FBI warns children are at risk of being exposed to predators on certain apps

  Federal inmate steps up to defend Katherine Kealoha, criticize judge

  Public safety trainer a ‘no show’ at hearing to question her qualifications

  Police commissioner calls out City Council during talk on public corruption scandal

  Wrongfully convicted Hawaii man credits Innocence Project for his freedom

Kealohas offered plea deals as upcoming trials loom

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