Supreme Court of Hawaii Decisions 2015

Boyd v. Hawaii State Ethics Commission
Date: December 31, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000352
State v. Deming  
Date: December 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000124

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of entering or remaining in a public park during posted closure hours in violation of Honolulu ordinances. Defendant waived the “involvement” of a public defender after consulting with the public...

State v. Kagramany
Date: December 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0001719
Santiago v. Tanaka  
Date: December 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000697

Justia Opinion Summary: Buyers bought a commercial property from Seller. Buyers subsequently filed a complaint against Seller challenging the adequacy of Seller’s disclosures. The circuit court dismissed the action without prejudice to allow th...

In re Kunishima
Date: December 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCPR-15-0000921
In re Aldendifer
Date: December 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCPR-15-0000932
Charles v. Kapalua Bay, LLC
Date: December 24, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000387
State v. Paris
Date: December 24, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000427
In re Floyd
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCPR-15-0000926
Galmiche v. Chang
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000716
Sierra Club v. D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, LLC  
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-13-0002266

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, The Sierra Club and Senator Clayton Hee, challenged the Land Use Commission’s (LUC) reclassification of 1525 acres of Appellee D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes’ land from the agricultural state land use district to...

State v. Henley  
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005595

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of assault in the third degree. The circuit court sentenced Defendant to thirty days’ imprisonment and increased Defendant’s bail from $200 to $2,000 cash only pending execu...

State v. Toma
Date: December 21, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-13-0000029
Labatte v. Luke
Date: December 21, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000936
State v. Hardoby
Date: December 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000514
State v. Gladman
Date: December 16, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003478
McCully Associates v. Ten Grand Associates
Date: December 16, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000080
Mather v. Chang
Date: December 14, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000910
Panoke v. Reef Dev. of Hawaii, Inc.  
Date: December 14, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000556

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was injured while he was working for his former employer. Appellant made a workers’ compensation claim against his former employer and its insurance carrier (collectively, Defendants). The Labor and Industrial...

Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Wooten
Date: December 11, 2015
Docket Number: SCAD-14-0001333
State v. Abregano  
Date: December 11, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000401

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with violation of a protective order. The date of the trial was continued for one month because the trial judge was ill. This continuance resulted in Defendant’s trial not beginning until fourteen d...

Chatman v. First Circuit Court of the State of Hawaii
Date: December 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000892
State v. Won
Date: December 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000858
Schmidt v. HSC, Inc.
Date: December 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-29454
Reyes v. The Department of Public Safety, State of Hawaii
Date: December 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000869
Chatman v. First Circuit Court of the State of Hawaii
Date: December 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000892
Samson v. Nahulu  
Date: December 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-10-0000102

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant’s vehicle struck Minor in or near a crosswalk as Minor crossed Farrington Highway on foot. A jury returned a unanimous special verdict finding Defendant not negligent. The Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) af...

Cedillos v. Masumoto  
Date: December 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000107

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a dispute between Landlord and Tenant. Landlord served a forty-five-day eviction notice on Tenant stating that the lease would be terminated, but Tenant refused to leave the premises. Tenant filed a co...

Hou v. Bd. of Land & Natural Res.  
Date: December 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-14-0000873

Justia Opinion Summary: The University of Hawai’i at Hilo applied for approval from the Board of Land and Natural Resources (Board) to construct a thirty meter telescope on Mauna Kea on the island of Hawai’i. Despite objections, the Board voted...

Davis v. Vancil
Date: December 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000999
State v. Barnett
Date: December 1, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0001120
Fernandez v. State, Dept. of Public Safety-Sheriff Division
Date: December 1, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000431
Jou v. Chang
Date: November 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000725
Noel Madamba Contracting, LLC v. Romero  
Date: November 25, 2015
Docket Numbers: SCWC-12-0000778, SCWC-12-0000868

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a construction contract dispute between homeowners Ramon Romero and Cassie Romero and contractor Noel Madamba Contracting LLC (Madamba). The case proceeded to arbitration. Arbitrator Patrick K.S.L. Y...

State v. Won  
Date: November 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000858

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was stopped by police officers while driving his vehicle and was subsequently arrested for operating his vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. Defendant was asked to submit to a test for the purpose of...

Harrison v. Ito
Date: November 24, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000645
State v. Auld  
Date: November 24, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002894

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Defendant guilty of committing robbery in the second degree. The jury was not required to find that Defendant had any prior convictions. The prosecution filed a post-conviction motion for the mandatory minim...

Kehano v. State
Date: November 24, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000825
Kondaur Capital Corp. v. Matsuyoshi  
Date: November 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000867

Justia Opinion Summary: After Leigh Matsuyoshi fell behind on her mortgage payments, the property was auctioned off at a foreclosure sale. Thereafter, the mortgagee, who was also the purchaser of the foreclosed property, executed a quitclaim de...

State v. Krstoth
Date: November 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001143
Kahuku Plantation Residents Association v. Aila
Date: November 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001184
Schmidt v. HSC, Inc.
Date: November 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-29454
Schwartz v. State  
Date: November 19, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-10-0000199

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Defendant pleaded guilty to the offense of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII). The charging instrument did not allege that the offense took place on a public way, street, road, or h...

Gold Coast Neighborhood Association v. State
Date: November 19, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000472
In re Fabrey
Date: November 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCPR-15-0000858
Patrickson v. Dole Food Company, Inc.
Date: November 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-30700
Mauna Kea Anaina Hou v. Board of Land and Natural Resources
Date: November 17, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-14-0000873
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Stone
Date: November 13, 2015
Docket Number: SCAD-15-0000590
Puu Lani Ranch Corp. v. Ibarra
Date: November 13, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000639
State v. Ramos-Labenia
Date: November 13, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000840
Greenspon v. Onewest
Date: November 13, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000315
Vandeveer v. American Savings Bank
Date: November 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-11-0000599
Selvage v. Moire
Date: November 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0001060
State v. Gardner
Date: November 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002852
Smith v. State
Date: November 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005313
Association of Apartment Owners of Tropics at Waikele v. Sakuma
Date: November 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000870
State v. Davis
Date: November 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0001121
Tortorello v. Tortorello
Date: November 5, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0004373
Kaopua v. Valenciano
Date: November 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000740
Pulawa v. Oahu Constr. Co., Ltd.  
Date: November 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0001019

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Petitioner suffered a work-related injury while employed by Employer. Petitioner was subsequently awarded temporary total disability (TTD) benefits. In 2008, Employer denied Petitioner’s request that he be fitte...

Surfrider Foundation v. Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resoirts, LP
Date: November 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-14-0000379
State v. DeMello  
Date: November 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-10-0000173

Justia Opinion Summary: After a trial, Defendant was found guilty of one each each of harassment and trespass. After a restitution hearing, the district court ordered Defendant to pay restitution to the complaining witness, which included resti...

Kehano v. State
Date: November 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000825
Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court v. Danmeyer
Date: October 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCPR-15-0000748
Dung v. Ching
Date: October 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000425
Csaszar v. Med-Quest Division
Date: October 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000433
Walters v. Nakamura
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000666
Walters v. Nakamura
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000672
Peelua v. Impac Funding Corporation
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000611
Fisher v. State
Date: October 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000787
Fernandez v. State, Dept. of Public Safety-Sheriff Division
Date: October 26, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000431
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Stone
Date: October 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCAD-15-0000590
Brutsch v. Brutsch
Date: October 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000703
State v. Derego
Date: October 22, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000638
State v. Presas
Date: October 22, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002508
Patrickson v. Dole Food Co.  
Date: October 21, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-30700

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved dibromochloropropane, a powerful nematode worm killer, and the litigation was multi-jurisdictional. The circuit court granted partial summary judgment against Plaintiffs and in favor of Defendants on s...

Greenspon v. Ayabe
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000594
State v. Montalvo
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000027
Citibank
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000723
State v. Wilhelm
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000145
State v. Terasako
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000606
State v. Franco
Date: October 16, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000763
State v. Hayata
Date: October 15, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002551
July 2015 Notice of Passing the Hawaii Bar Examination.
Date: October 13, 2015
Docket Number: July2015Bar
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Pasion
Date: October 13, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000657
Cedillos v. Masumoto
Date: October 13, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000107
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Jervis
Date: October 12, 2015
Docket Number: SCAD-14-0000899
State v. West
Date: October 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000717
Crabbe v. State
Date: October 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000817
Ka'upulehu Land LLC v. Heirs and Assigns of Pahukula  
Date: October 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-30475

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a dispute between Plaintiff, Ka’upulehu Land LLC, and Defendants, heirs and assigns of Pahukula, et al., stemming from Plaintiff’s complaint to quiet title to certain property. Plaintiff, which obtaine...

Surfrider Foundation v. Zoning Board of Appeals, City and County of Honolulu
Date: October 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-13-0005781
Schmidt v. HSC, Inc.
Date: October 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-29454
State v. Guard
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0001072
State v. Sailola
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000002
State v. Villena
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000030
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company v. Greenspon
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000307
Villanueva v. State
Date: September 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000638
State v. Hara
Date: September 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000697
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Sims
Date: September 24, 2015
Docket Number: SCAD-15-0000495
Surfrider Found. v. Zoning Bd. of Appeal  
Date: September 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-13-0005781

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was a coastal height setback requirement that limits development next to Waikiki’s shoreline. In 2010, Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts LP submitted a land use permit to redevelop an existing hotel building...

Garcia v. Robinson
Date: September 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000388
In re Colucci
Date: September 22, 2015
Docket Number: SCPR-15-0000605
Association of Apartment Owners of Tropics at Waikele v. Sakuma
Date: September 22, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000870
Smith v. Smith
Date: September 22, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003520
Arthur v. State, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
Date: September 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000531
Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. v. Wise
Date: September 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000647
State v. Deguair  
Date: September 17, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000573

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted in six counts, but only counts I and IV were at issue in this appeal. Two separate trials ended in mistrial on the relevant counts. After a second trial on counts I through IV, the circuit court ag...

Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. v. Wise
Date: September 17, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000647
Bank of America, N.A. v. Panzo
Date: September 17, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001356
Libero v. State
Date: September 15, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000415
State v. Copeland
Date: September 15, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0001391
State v. Cheek-Enriques
Date: September 15, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005232
The Bank of New York Mellon v. Lopez
Date: September 15, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000254
Yoshii v. State, University of Hawaii
Date: September 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000383
Kahuku Plantation Residents Association v. Aila
Date: September 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001184
Yellen v. Hara
Date: September 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000341
State v. Sherman
Date: September 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000887
State v. Lund
Date: September 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003038
State v. Byrne
Date: September 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003148
Gao v. State
Date: September 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000694
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Partington
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: SCAD-11-0000162
Villanueva v. State
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000638
Greer v. Baker
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000034
Ngo v. The Queen's Medical Center
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-30172
Mosier v. Parkinson
Date: August 31, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000541
State v. Ragragola-Lenchanko
Date: August 31, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000605
Perkins v. Perkins
Date: August 31, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001158
Perkins v. Perkins
Date: August 31, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001386
Ngo v. Queen's Med. Ctr.  
Date: August 31, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-30172

Justia Opinion Summary: A nine-year-old child (“Minor”) died from cardiac arrest caused by hypovolemic shock. Plaintiffs filed this action against the Queen’s Medical Center (“QMC”), Dr. Thinh T. Nguyen (“Defendant”), and The Emergency Group, I...

State v. Richardson
Date: August 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000775
State v. Elberson
Date: August 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000023
State v. Anzai
Date: August 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000068
State v. Reilly
Date: August 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003479
Smith v. State
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005313
State v. Cruz
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000477
State v. Robinson
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000155
Kehano v. State
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000825
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Mujtabaa
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Number: SCAD-14-0000799
Lankford v. Landford
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005192
Carter v. Department of Public Safety
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000574
Ito v. ADM Investor Services, Inc.
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000391
State v. Harraway
Date: August 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000612
Yellen v. Hara
Date: August 13, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000341
State v. Lau
Date: August 13, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0001009
In re Arbitration of Nordic PCL Constr., Inc. v. LIPHGC, LLC  
Date: August 12, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000350

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a dispute over the adequacy of concrete work Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. performed on a condominium construction project as a subcontractor to LPIHGC, LLC. The parties proceeded to arbitration. An...

Kupahu v. Ayabe
Date: August 11, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000555
Simeona v. Dydasco
Date: August 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000706
Ruh v. State
Date: August 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0001021
State v. Gouveia
Date: August 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000358
Smith v. State
Date: August 7, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000737
In re Miller
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCPR-15-0000521
Carter v. Nakasone
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000488
Florer . Kuriyama
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000500
State v. Kiyuna
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000682
Libero v. State
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000415
State v. Lee
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005454
State v. Deguair
Date: August 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000061
Rocco v. Kalapana Seaview Estates Community Association
Date: August 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000093
Tortorello v. Tortorello
Date: August 3, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0004373
Pouono v. Daiichiya-Loves Bakery, Inc.
Date: July 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000812
Wells Fargo Bank v. Pasion
Date: July 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000657
Fisher v. State
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000787
Lambert v. Waha
Date: July 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0001024
Waikiki v. Loo
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000507
Maddox v. Loo
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000515
In re Arbitration of Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. v. LIPHGC, LLC
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000350
State v. Moniz
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003064
Nordic PCL Constr., Inc. v. LIPHGC, LLC  
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000350

Justia Opinion Summary: The case arose from a dispute over the adequacy of concrete work Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. performed on a condominium construction project as a subcontractor to LPIHGC, LLC. The subcontract contained a binding arbitr...

Blaisdell v. Department of Public Safety
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001218
Bosshard v. The Three Stooges, LLC
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003085
State v. Mews
Date: July 21, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003525
State v. Alvarez
Date: July 16, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000838
State v. Deming
Date: July 15, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000124
State v. Gomez
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000642
State v. Stangel
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003941
Bank of New York Mellon v. Chang
Date: July 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000314
Perkins v. Perkins
Date: July 7, 2015
Docket Number: CAAP-14-0001158
Perkins v. Perkins
Date: July 7, 2015
Docket Number: CAAP-14-0001386
State v. Austin
Date: July 7, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-14-0000935
State v. Lee
Date: July 7, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000098
Bailey v. Duvauchelle
Date: July 7, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-00001252
Pao v. Dewaele
Date: July 7, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000856
Kehano v. State
Date: July 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000825
Kekona v. Bornemann
Date: July 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-29036
Wells Fargo Bank v. Ah Chong
Date: July 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000421
Nath v. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-13-0002732
Narayan v. Marriott International, Inc.
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-13-0003607
State v. Phua  
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000686

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, the district court found Defendant guilty of harassment. Defendant attended his sentencing hearing without his lawyer. After a brief colloquy with Defendant, the district court found that Defendant h...

State v. Deguair
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000061
St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co.  
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCCQ-14-0000727

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, the excess insurer, and Defendant, the primary insurer, issued insurance policies to a travel service company. The company was sued for damages resulting from an accidental death. The case was settled in an am...

In re Grievance Arbitration Between State of Haw. Org. of Police Officers  
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-10-0000077

Justia Opinion Summary: After the County of Kaua’i and Kaua’i Police Department filled five police sergeant positions through internal promotions, the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO) challenged, through the grievance pro...

State v. Vaimili  
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000115

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted for sex trafficking related crimes based on his conduct as a pimp for the complaining witness. Petitioner was present for voir dire and jury selection but failed to appear in court two days later...

Pofolk Aviation Haw., Inc. v. Dep’t of Transp. for State of Haw.  
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-00003857

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Transportation Airport Division (DOT-A), which leases Dillingham Airfield on the island of O’ahu from the United States Army, imposed landing fees on commercial users, including Petitioners. In 2012, DO...

Tagupa v. VIPDesk  
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002084

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint against Defendant in a state district court and later moved to dismiss the case. The district court granted the motion to dismiss without prejudice and awarded Defendant attorney’s fees pursua...

In re A.A.
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000596
Bailey v. Duvauchelle  
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000883

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a dispute over a flag lot parcel of land in Puko’o, located on the Island of Moloka’i, County of Maui, State of Hawaii. At issue before the Supreme Court was whether an order deciding a motion that w...

Ruggles v. Yagong  
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000117

Justia Opinion Summary: Passed by voter initiative, the “Lowest Law Enforcement Priority of Cannabis” (LLEP) of the Hawai’i County Code provides that the cultivation, possession and use for adult personal use of cannabis shall be the lowest law...

State v. Chin  
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002469

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of theft of the proceeds of sale of the home of an individual for whom she was acting as a caregiver, changing the name of ownership of two joint accounts, and taking $8,000...

State v. Bowman
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005863
Sato v. Wahiawa-Central Oahu Health Center, Inc.
Date: June 24, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000042
State v. Abordo
Date: June 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000602
State v. Barrios
Date: June 19, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000118
Lawson v. Attorney General  
Date: June 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005700

Justia Opinion Summary: John Doe, a registered sex offender in the State of Washington, intended to vacation in Hawaii with his family. The Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC) informed Doe that his Washington conviction was a covered of...

State v. Reed  
Date: June 17, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000069

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of assault in the first degree and sentenced to ten years in prison. Defendant appealed, arguing that the circuit court abused its discretion in denying his motion to substi...

State v. Garcia  
Date: June 15, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000059

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded no contest to continuous sexual assault of a minor under the age of fourteen and abuse of a family or household member. The family court accepted the plea agreement, found Defendant guilty as charged, a...

Guity v. Guity
Date: June 12, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0004061
State v. Susa
Date: June 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000139
Lambert v. Waha
Date: June 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0001024
Draizen v. State
Date: June 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000708
State v. Guyton  
Date: June 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000203

Justia Opinion Summary: John Varel, the owner of a 1,000-acre parcel of property, filed a petition for injunction against harassment directed against Defendant. The circuit court granted the petition and entered an injunction order prohibiting...

Libero v. State
Date: June 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000415
Abordo v. Department of Public Safety
Date: June 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0001474
Agard v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company
Date: June 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002872
State v. Smith
Date: June 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-000560
State v. Smith
Date: June 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005660
Gordon v. Gordon  
Date: June 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000806

Justia Opinion Summary: Susan Gordon filed a complaint for divorce against Ira Gordon. The family court entered a divorce decree diving the parties’ property and awarding Susan alimony. The intermediate court of appeals (ICA) vacated the decree...

State v. Hardoby
Date: June 3, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000514
Cox v. Cox
Date: June 3, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000762
Narayan v. Ritz-Carlton Dev. Co.  
Date: June 3, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000819

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, individual condominium owners, entered into purchase agreements with the developer of a Maui condominium project. Homeowners received the condominium declaration, which contained an arbitration clause, and ot...

State v. Henley
Date: June 3, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005595
Herrmann v. Herrmann
Date: May 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000060
Webster v. State
Date: May 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000500
Espiritu v. State
Date: May 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000074
McDermott v. Ige  
Date: May 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-14-0000843

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants - State Representative Bob McDermott, Garret Hashimoto, William E.K. Kumia, and David Langdon - filed suit to invalidate the Hawai’i Marriage Equality Act of 2013, which changed Hawaii’s definition of marriage...

Cullen v. Currier
Date: May 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000450
Rodrigues v. United Public Workers, AFSCME Local 646  
Date: May 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-30286

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, the former State director of United Public Workers, AFSCME Local 646, FL-CIO (UPW) and a former administrator of UPW’s Mutual Aid Fund trust (MAF), was held liable by a federal district court for negligently...

Kodama v. Kodama
Date: May 22, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000641
Kekona v. Bornemann
Date: May 22, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-29036
Anastasi v. Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
Date: May 22, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-30557
State v. Auld
Date: May 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002894
State v. Turping
Date: May 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002957
Greenspon v. Loo
Date: May 19, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000378
State v. McDonnell
Date: May 19, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000355
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Hawver
Date: May 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCAD-15-0000008
State v. Carroll
Date: May 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000613
Kondaur Capital Corporation v. Matsuyoshi
Date: May 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000867
Letoto v. State
Date: May 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0001479
State v. Tetu
Date: May 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003062
Mizukami v. Don Quijote
Date: May 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000392
Travis v. State, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Date: May 15, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000194
Jenkins v. State
Date: May 15, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000877
State v. Gibson
Date: May 14, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000652
Maddox v. Maui Police Department
Date: May 14, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001016
Waldecker v. O'Scanlon
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000780
Lawson v. Attorney General
Date: May 7, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005700
Kato-Klutke v. Nishimura
Date: May 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-000009
English v. Cardoza
Date: May 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000236
Nomura v. Tanigawa
Date: May 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000311
State v. Guyton
Date: May 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000203
Kolio v. Hawaii Pub. Housing Auth.  
Date: May 6, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000785

Justia Opinion Summary: While living at Mayor Wright Homes, a federally-subsidized Public housing project owned and operated by Hawai’i Public Housing Authority (HPHA), Fetu Kolio misappropriated approximately $1,400 in Mayor Wright Homes Tenan...

Manuel v. State
Date: May 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005555
Orso v. Alm
Date: April 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0001095
February 2015 Notice of Passing the Hawaii Bar Examination.
Date: April 28, 2015
Docket Number: February2015Bar
Hormozyari v. Valenciano
Date: April 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0000918
Waikiki v. Loo
Date: April 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000339
Abordo v. Department of Public Safety
Date: April 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0001474
Chung v. City and County of Honolulu, Department of Parks and Recreation
Date: April 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000763
Cullen v. Currier
Date: April 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000450
Kekona v. Bornemann  
Date: April 24, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-29036

Justia Opinion Summary: Since 1993, Defendant claimed lawful ownership of a property that was fraudulently transferred to him as part of a conspiracy to prevent Plaintiffs from collecting on a judgment. After two remands, a third jury found tha...

State v. Nofoa
Date: April 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000984
Mount v. Apao
Date: April 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002610
In re Estate of Baravalle
Date: April 21, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000386
Nomura v. Tanigawa
Date: April 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000193
English v. Cardoza
Date: April 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000236
Nichols v. State
Date: April 16, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000043
Kellberg v. Yuen  
Date: April 15, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000266

Justia Opinion Summary: The Planning Director of the County of Hawaii approved the application of Michael Pruglo to consolidate and resubdivide the pre-existing lots on his forty-nine-acre parcel of land. Mark Kellberg, who owned land adjacent...

State v. Santiago
Date: April 14, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000892
Lafaele v. State
Date: April 14, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000773
State v. Nofoa  
Date: April 14, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000984

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of terroristic threatening in the second degree and kidnapping. The Intermediate Court of Appeals affirmed Petitioner’s conviction and sentence. The Supreme Court reversed, ho...

Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co. v. Amasol  
Date: April 14, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000040

Justia Opinion Summary: After Defendants fell behind on their mortgage payments, their lender (“the Bank”) commenced a non-judicial foreclosure sale of the property, acquired the property at auction, and filed an ejectment action. The circuit c...

Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Weber
Date: April 13, 2015
Docket Number: SCAD-14-0001377
Kodama v. Kodama
Date: April 13, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000641
Nomura v. Tanigawa
Date: April 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000193
Letoto v. State
Date: April 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0001479
Smith v. Tubal
Date: April 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000782
In re Tax Appeal of Travelocity.Com., L.P. v. Director of Taxation
Date: April 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-13-0002896
State v. Kam
Date: April 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000897
Gurrobat v. HTH Corp.  
Date: March 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-12-0000764

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a class action complaint alleging that Defendants violated Hawaii law by charging customers of certain hotels service charges without fully disclosing to customers that the charges were not entirely being...

C. Brewer & Co. v. Indus. Indemnity Co. of Am.  
Date: March 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-28958

Justia Opinion Summary: C. Brewer and Company, Ltd. (C. Brewer) sold the Kaloko Dam to James Pflueger. The Dam subsequently collapsed, resulting in seven deaths and extensive property damage. Pflueger filed suit seeking damages and indemnificat...

Baldwin v. Loo
Date: March 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000101
Johnson v. Nacino
Date: March 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0001147
Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, Inc. v. Nacino
Date: March 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0001296
Espiritu v. State
Date: March 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000074
In re Tax Appeal of Travelocity.com, L.P.  
Date: March 17, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-13-0002896

Justia Opinion Summary: The State Director of Taxation retroactively assessed ten online travel companies for unpaid general excise tax (GET) and transient accommodations tax (TAT) for periods beginning between 1999 and 2001 and continuing unti...

Santiago v. Tanaka
Date: March 17, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000697
Vincent v. Clouse
Date: March 16, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005130
Cox v. Cox
Date: March 12, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000762
Adams v. CDM Media USA, Inc.
Date: March 11, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000741
Lawson v. Attorney General
Date: March 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005700
State v. David
Date: March 3, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000109
Ito v. Investors Equity Life Holding Co.  
Date: February 27, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-10-0000131

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, Investors Equity Life Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. (IEL) was liquidated. The State Insurance Commission was appointed as IEL’s liquidator (Liquidator). In 1996, Investors Equity Life Holding Company (IELHC)...

Kodama v. Kodama
Date: February 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000641
In re Edward C. Sterling QTIP Exempt Trust Dated August 24, 1995
Date: February 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0001077
Adams v. CDM Media USA, Inc.  
Date: February 24, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000741

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff applied for a position with CDM Media, USA, Inc. Plaintiff was not hired for the position. Thereafter, Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging that CDM had decided not to hire her because of her age, and therefore...

State v. Kazanas
Date: February 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0001011
State v. Vaimili
Date: February 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000115
State v. Alangcas
Date: February 20, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-30109
North Beach West Maui Benefit Fund v. Land Court of the State of Hawaii
Date: February 19, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0001329
In re Tax Appeal of Kaheawa Wind Power, LLC. v. County of Maui
Date: February 19, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000728
State v. Silva
Date: February 19, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000382
In re Thomas H. Gentry Revocable Trust
Date: February 18, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000428
Pappas v. Duran
Date: February 17, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000117
Shavelson v. Nakamura
Date: February 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000004
Hyland v. Torres
Date: February 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000010
Kodama v. Kodama
Date: February 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000641
State v. Robinson
Date: February 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000155
State v. Reyes
Date: February 10, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000287
Maukele v. Casumpang
Date: February 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000120
State v. Alangcas  
Date: February 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-30109

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted in counts I and III upon the charge of electronic enticement of a child in the first degree in violation of Haw. Rev. Stat. 707-756. Defendant moved to dismiss counts I and III, arguing that sectio...

Zhang v. State, Department of Land and Natural Resources
Date: February 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0001106
State v. Abdon
Date: February 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000086
Lee v. Aila
Date: February 4, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000548
State v. Deguair
Date: February 3, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000573
Ramento v. M & M Tanks, Inc.
Date: February 3, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000668
Chung v. City and County of Honolulu, Department of Parks and Recreation
Date: February 3, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000763
Maddox v. State
Date: February 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0001049
North Beach West Maui Benefit Fund v. Land Court of the State of Hawaii
Date: February 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0001329
Abordo v. Immediate Court of Appeals of the State of Hawaii
Date: February 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000033
State v. Williams
Date: February 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0001518
State v. Chin
Date: January 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002469
State v. Pomroy
Date: January 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-29688
Pulawa v. Oahu Construction Co., Ltd.
Date: January 28, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0001019
Cornelio v. State
Date: January 26, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005273
State v. Dalumpinis
Date: January 23, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003755
Hilton Hawaiian Village, LLC v. Nakasone
Date: January 21, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0001323
Cormier v. The Family Court of the First Circuit
Date: January 21, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0001346
Mather v. Chang
Date: January 21, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0001362
Ramos-Newton v. Ayabe
Date: January 21, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000003
State v. Nakaneula  
Date: January 21, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-30444

Justia Opinion Summary: This labor dispute arose out of a negotiation between the State and other governmental entities (collectively, the State) and United Public Workers (UPW) regarding the renewal and modification of a collective bargaining...

Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Lehman
Date: January 16, 2015
Docket Number: SCAD-14-0001350
Sheehan v. County of Kauai
Date: January 16, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000601
Shimose v. Haw. Health Sys. Corp.  
Date: January 16, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000422

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, Petitioner was convicted of possession with intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine. Petitioner was released in 2003 and began a radiological technician (radtech) degree program. In 2007, after graduating f...

Navaja v. Jost
Date: January 13, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0001380
Hanohano v. State
Date: January 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0001383
State v. Smith
Date: January 9, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000583
Hamilton v. Hamilton
Date: January 8, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0001498
Ramento v. M & M Tanks, Inc
Date: January 7, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000668
Kilakila 'O Haleakala v. Board of Land and Natural Resources
Date: January 7, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003065
Trustees of the Estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop v. Trader
Date: January 5, 2015
Docket Number: SCPW-14-0000904
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