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

  Family of young Hawaii coronavirus patient urges state to take ‘stay-at-home’ order seriously

  Tens of thousands laid off in Hawaii face losing health insurance benefits

Due to flood of new claims, processing for new unemployment checks could take a month

Federal, state and county law enforcement combine to tackle coronavirus related scams

  During pandemic, volunteers find they’re ‘essential’ to those they help

  More than 60,000 have filed for unemployment in Hawaii so far this month

Meals on Wheels delivers canned goods, supplies to home-bound members

  Toll of shutdown takes shape: Nearly 20,000 unemployment claims filed in a single day

Inmate at Federal Detention Center accused of assaulting staff

  After days of stumbles, state fixes system for filing unemployment claims

  Passengers at cruise ship docked in Honolulu to disembark, leave on planes

Unemployment office turns to paper as flood of claims overwhelm online system

  Phone lines jammed, website overwhelmed by thousands of new unemployment claims

  Avalanche of new unemployment claims in Hawaii nearly crashes online system

  Unemployment claims soar as tourism comes to a standstill, business close

Coronavirus outbreak triggers sentencing delay for Kealohas

  Private schools prepare to teach students remotely if virus shuts campuses down

What are the symptoms of coronavirus or COVID-19?

Suspected drug dealer jumped out of moving plane at HNL to avoid capture

City sends letter to federal judge ahead of ex-police chief’s sentencing

  Amid outbreak, Meals on Wheels is changing the way food is delivered

Protocols in place to protect paramedics responding to suspected coronavirus cases

  State: Kupuna should prepare for self-isolation if coronavirus outbreak hits Hawaii

  What worked and what didn’t during the Kilauea eruption of 2018

  Lawmakers consider lengthy extension to statute of limitations for childhood sex abuse

  Police chief makes public plea to lawmakers ahead of votes on tougher gun control measures

  Experts: Hawaii tourism likely to take a hit amid coronavirus fears

  Ahead of sentencing, ex-Police Chief Louis Kealoha pleads for leniency

  Kealoha case fuels push to change pension laws for disgraced government employees

  Florence Puana, key figure in case against Kealohas, dies at 100