HNN Investigates

  ‘You are going to have to decide’: Prosecutors, defense make opening statements in Kealoha trial

  ‘The Mailbox Trial’: Public corruption case of unprecedented scope in Hawaii gets underway

  Old UH dormitory to become apartments for Maui’s homeless families

Defendants, attorney, alleged victims: Here’s who’s who in the Kealoha mailbox trial

Doctors: Key witness won’t be able to testify in person at Kealoha trial

Nearly 200 prospective jurors already eliminated for Kealoha ‘mailbox trial’

Continued Coverage

  First-time homeowners handed the keys to new affordable housing towers in Kakaako

  In bizarre twist, businessman labeled as ‘possible suspect’ in Kealoha mailbox theft

Honolulu mayor plans 3 tax hikes to cover future rail costs

  City slow to address fights, filth and lewdness that plague Waikiki pavilions

  Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

  Oahu hospital to launch ‘stabilization program’ for those in mental health crises

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

  2 years later, officers accused in corruption case still getting paychecks

HPD officers accused in federal corruption case still getting pay checks

‘A humbled man’: Officer sentenced in connection with case against Kealohas

In federal court Monday, the former officer apologized for his actions, choking up as he spoke.

  Failed and Forgotten

The deaths of hundreds of children because of abuse or neglect goes unnoticed every year by agencies that protect kids. Congress and a 45-year-old law are largely to blame.

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

  Changes would make it easier to force homeless with severe mental illnesses to get treatment

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

  Internal affairs case opened after DPS’ head trainer accused of puffing up resume

  Residents run into red tape in push to tackle squatters’ village in Kalihi Valley

Sizable rockfall is latest sign of settling at Kilauea summit

  Advocates, families face overwhelming barriers to help homeless with severe mental illness

A law passed five years ago was supposed to offer a way out. It hasn't.

Petition to impeach city prosecutor prompts legal debate: Are e-signatures legal?

“To stymie our efforts or make it more difficult for us to collect signatures of our supporters."

  8 homeless shelters don’t meet new standards, but will be funded anyway

Not funding the shelters wasn't an option given the state's ongoing homeless crisis.

  She was identified as a victim in the case against the Kealohas, but was forced to pay legal fees

It was most of her life savings.

Feds to delay release of millions in rail funding over construction concerns

“FTA wants to see what the cost of the City Center contract is before releasing funds,” said Robbins.

  Administrator in charge of DPS training programs accused of lying on her resume

Head of training at Public Safety Dept. accused of puffing up resume to get job, promotions

Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

Rather than taking a tax refund check and splurging on a quick shopping spree, NerdWallet advises people make smart spending – or saving - plans.

  An old hospital in Hilo is being transformed into a haven for the homeless

It's one of two Ohana Zone projects in the works for Hawaii Island.

Despite warnings, Kaneshiro continues to visit building that houses prosecutor’s office

Despite warnings from the state Attorney General to not show up to work, sources tell Hawaii News Now he's continued to come back, anyway.

  Trial of former HPD officer delayed as more info tied to Kealoha is sought

Trial delayed for former HPD officer amid Katherine Kealoha scandal.

  Report: Number of homeless living on Kauai streets nearly doubled since last year

Kauai was the only island to see an overall increase in it's homeless population.

  Katherine Kealoha loses fight to keep personnel file secret, but questions remain

Some information requested seemed to be missing.

Impeachment proceedings for Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney hit a snag over signatures

Impeachment proceedings for Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney hit a snag over signatures

  Judge OKs recorded testimony from 99-year old key witness in Kealoha case

“Typically you’re not allowed to take depositions in criminal cases except, as the judge said, in exceptional circumstances.”

  Donations will fund new neighborhood for low-income kupuna in Pahoa

The need for more permanent housing across Hawaii Island is extremely high.

Council leadership: Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for ex-police chief’s legal defense

The police commission approved the funding, but is being urged to reconsider.

  ‘A no-brainer’: Thousands on Big Island now eligible for big discounts on produce

“It’s a dollar-for-dollar match.”

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

The Uniform Crime Reporting Act of 1988 requires federal law enforcement agencies to submit information about their cases to a federal database maintained by the FBI; however, those agencies are currently not submitting data, including information about hate crimes.

  Amid homeless crisis, funding for critical homeless programs not yet in budget

“We really need to know that the money will be there to continue the services we have."

Ex-police chief’s attorney calls for law school to rein in criminal law expert

"I am not afraid to speak out on controversial legal issues that touch our community.”

  ‘Bring it on’: Judge issues stern warning to city Prosecutor’s Office

“I smell something very stink in this case."

  Prosecutors seek taped deposition from key witness in case against Kealohas

Federal prosecutors want to have Florence Puana's testimony recorded because the aging grandmother of ex-deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha is having heart surgery.

  Threat level at Kilauea lowered, signaling the end of an eruptive era

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory lowered the alert level at Kilauea from ‘advisory’ to ‘normal’ on Tuesday, signaling what the agency says is a return to a non-eruptive state.

  'Gross incompetence or worse’: Rail purchase of reinforced steel questioned

The change order is one of hundreds of HART transactions under review by the feds.

  State admits less-lethal options are on hand, but not for use in field

It cost taxpayers thousands.

  Program that helps cover costs of kupuna care faces uncertain future

Without the program, families say they'll face tough decisions.

  City Councilman pushes back against plan to pay ex-police chief’s legal fees

"They made the wrong decision."

Rail project whistleblower lawsuit attracts federal scrutiny

A rail contractor whistleblower says the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general has inquired about his claims.

  42 sweeps in 90 days and still volatile encampment plagues neighborhood

“We had a shopping cart thrown through our front door. We find needles and blood in our bathroom. Just a couple days ago we had a stabbing take place right in my loading dock.”

  New hire charged with reining in HART’s budget to get $329 an hour

And his previous work history should be a red flag, one critic says.

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information about financial institutions, including complaints. But NerdWallet and InvestigateTV have found examples of complaints that don't show up in the database.

  State wants to build huge affordable housing projects with units on 99-year leases

The dense projects would not have income restrictions.

Hawaii council seeks details of disaster recovery funds

The federal funds were appropriated after the 2018 eruption of the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island.

  State proposes permanent villages of tiny homes for the hardest to house

“This is the permanent housing answer for people who have otherwise refused to go to shelters."

  Poll: Hawaii residents say they’re buckling under strain of state’s high cost of living

“How much it costs to live in paradise is pushing people to the brink."

  Kaneshiro put himself on paid leave. So why is he showing up at the office?

The state attorney general said she planned to look into the matter.

Judge OKs use of cell tracking data in ‘mailbox case’ against Kealohas, officers

The evidence could play a key role in the upcoming trial.

Crews have removed 14,000 shopping carts from city streets since 2013

The crew has cleared more than 14,000 shopping carts from city streets since 2013.

  Taxpayers will pay for city prosecutor’s legal defense in impeachment case

Those pushing for his impeachment say they don't plan to drop their fight.

City report: Oahu’s housing shortage on pace to ease significantly by 2030

The study is based on projects that are currently underway or are being planned.

  Mayor calls prosecutor’s decision to take leave ‘the best solution’ for Oahu

Embattled city Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro took leave Thursday, after refusing to step aside for months.

  A year in, mobile hygiene center demonstrates the incredible power of a shower

Hiehie provides some basic comforts of home to people who don’t have one.

  The reason for Oahu’s drop in sheltered homeless? Fewer shelter beds

At the same time, the number of people living on the streets is up.

  HPD chief says ‘temporary refuge areas’ could help Oahu’s homeless problem

Chief Ballard wrote a letter to the state’s lieutenant governor, outlining a half-dozen ideas.

  Judge seeks more information on Kealoha’s cancer claim, trial delay request

It’s unclear when a federal judge will take up the motion.

New online hub features eruption recovery resources

The 2018 eruption went on for months, destroying more than 700 homes and decimating whole communities.

  Whistleblower lawsuit alleges $20M in rail project change order abuses

The whistleblower suit comes as the City Council is calling for a forensic audit of the rail system.

Federal authorities: Katherine Kealoha used cocaine while she was deputy city prosecutor

An FBI agent also alleges in a filing that Kealoha’s brother told investigators about his sister’s drug use.

  As Oahu’s unsheltered homeless population grows, mayor vows to stick to sweeps

Despite a years-long effort to push Oahu’s homeless population into shelters, the number of people living on the streets of Honolulu is the highest it’s been in at least a decade.

Count: Unsheltered homeless population up 12% on Oahu from last year

The count found a total of 4,291 people living in shelters or on the streets islandwide on a single night in January.

  Police investigate if shooting by undercover officers violated policy

“He didn’t know what was going on. He panicked," said his brother.

  A dismissed 2015 DUI is among the ways Kealoha allegedly helped her friends

Feds listed another example of how ex-Deputy Prosecutor Kealoha covered up for friends.

Meet Allison Lee Wong: Court filings outline alleged role of alias in case against Kealohas

"Alison Lee Wong is the ever-versatile alias Katherine Kealoha calls upon to dodge scrutiny, forge documents, secure state Senate confirmation, and more."

  2 high-profile cases moved from prosecutor’s office amid federal probe

And now they could be dismissed entirely.

  If you’re keeping count, the rail authority has now received 3 subpoenas

The scope of the latest subpoena has not yet been divulged.

  Rail authority gets second subpoena in connection with federal criminal probe

The new subpoena seeks documents related to real estate acquisition for the rail line.

  A law meant to help the mentally ill is actually preventing some from getting care

This could all be avoided."

  FBI: Kealoha sent emails from coworkers’ computers to mislead probes. HNN got one

“Erase this will send more," one email said.