Ex-Honolulu chief’s wife resigns as prosecutor before trial

HONOLULU — The wife of a former Honolulu chief is resigning as a deputy prosecutor nearly a year after a grand jury indicted the couple on corruption-related charges.

The Honolulu prosecuting attorney’s office issued a one-sentence news release Monday: “Katherine Kealoha has resigned as a Deputy Prosecutor.”

Kealoha’s husband is former police Chief Louis Kealoha. He agreed to retire amid a federal investigation.

The Kealohas are awaiting two trials. One trial is for allegations they orchestrated the framing of a relative for a mailbox theft. Current and former police officers will be tried with the couple in that trial.

Another trial against the Kealohas will be for bank fraud and identity theft, including allegations Katherine Kealoha bilked family members, banks and children whose trusts she controlled.

  1. harry oyama September 17, 2018 4:31 pm Reply

    So she was allowed full employment while having numerous felony charges against her. The question is why so that she may accumulate enough time to retire with full pension for life benefits at the expense of us taxpayers? she should have been fired the day those charges was filed by her boss Keith Kaneshiro or both should be fired at once, since he is also being investigated by the FBI.

    Its a racket business as usual and the reason why Hawaii is noted as one of the most corrupt States with this “old boy network”. Both her and her husband should have their pensions waived and returned to the taxpayers and allow to rot in prison where they belong. Prison should be punishment not a life of lavish for those who come from high places getting pensions that amounts to more than what the prison guards are getting.

  2. MisterM September 18, 2018 11:51 am Reply

    @harry – agreed. These so-called “public servants” are nothing but thieves hiding behind badges and political offices, sll/the wwhile scamming taxpayers with obscene retirement and healthcare bennies. But rather than these scumbags being housed in very expensive Hawaiian jails, why not outsource to a more reasonable cost cells in places like Venezuela or North Korea? Pretty sure taxpayers could be saving 95%…

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