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

  As it struggles to respond to COVID-19, the state is again refusing help for contact tracing

  Community health centers to help with contact tracing in Pacific Islander communities

  Brew pub owners on Oahu say they were improperly shut down

  Pacific Islanders say they’re being ignored by state in ‘war’ against coronavirus

  DOH spends 250K in federal relief aid on marketing to help with COVID-19 messaging

After several delays, Kealoha sentencing discussions resume

  Thousands of emergency order citations, many given to homeless, are being dismissed

  More than a year after guilty verdict, still no sentencing date for Kealohas, police officers

  City Managing Director Roy Amemiya a ‘subject’ of federal grand jury investigation

Suspect in fatal stabbing of Oahu nurse indicted on murder charge

  As infections soar, COVID-19 is hitting one ethnic group in Hawaii particularly hard

  ‘A huge loss': Friends, co-workers remember registered nurse fatally stabbed in Makiki

  Man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend has history of mental illness

  Decision pending on whether alleged Hawaii crime boss will face death penalty trial

  Nearly 90 police officers, recruits on leave after a single COVID-19 case at HPD

  New claims of connections between alleged crime boss and local law enforcement officials

  Prosecutors to argue alleged crime boss poses ‘grave danger’ to community

8,000 citations were issued for violating stay-at-home orders. They’re all entitled to jury trials.

  College internships during a pandemic? A local company is making it work

  Surge in COVID-19 cases across US raises questions about Hawaii’s plan to reopen tourism

  Efforts to combat unemployment fraud create new headaches for filers

  Come Aug. 1, will Hawaii residents who take short mainland trips have to quarantine? Maybe.

  State forges ahead with plan to reopen tourism with testing, despite potential loophole

  The plan for testing visitors is still murky, but bookings are already coming in

Unemployment office changes call center hours while new issues delay payments

  Hawaii Attorney General victimized by identity thieves who targeted unemployment program

  Identity thieves have stolen at least $15.8M in Hawaii jobless benefits ... and probably much more

  Hawaii lawmakers advance police reform bill that’s been years in the making

  Dispute between state, ride-hailing companies delays unemployment payments for drivers

  Legislature reconvenes to tackle economic crisis, police reform