Supreme Court of Hawaii Decisions 2019

Bank of America, N.A. v. Hermano
Date: November 19, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000835
In re HK and KK
Date: November 19, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000906
Morita v. Gorak  
Date: November 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCAP-16-0000686

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held in this case that the governor was permitted to make an interim appointment when the term of an official who is statutorily permitted to holdover expires and the senate is not in session. Michael...

Ka'u Sunshine LLC v. Unknown Heirs or Assigns of Kahaku
Date: November 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000345
In re Trust Agreement dated June 6, 1974
Date: November 14, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000632
Kahawaiolaa v. Hawaiian Sun Investments, Inc.
Date: November 14, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000317
Hancock v. Kulana Partners, LLC  
Date: November 13, 2019
Docket Number: SCCQ-17-0000474

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered three modified questions certified to it by the United States District Court for the District of Hawai'i in a federal court lawsuit where a grantor asserted that an escrow company's alleged del...

Trustees of the Estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop v. Au
Date: November 13, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000235
Ventures Trust 2013-I-H-R by MCM Capital Partners, LLC v. Laurin
Date: November 13, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000849
State v. Kauhane  
Date: November 12, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000668

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) determining that the State's complaint was sufficient and sustaining that the State's "golden rule" objection, holding that the complaint...

Schmidt v. HSC, Inc.  
Date: November 8, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000858

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving $537,000 in excess foreclosure sale proceeds the Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate appellate court (ICA) and the circuit court's final judgment in favor of Respondents, holding...

First Hawaiian Bank v. Horner.
Date: November 8, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000860
Lewi v. State  
Date: November 7, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000090

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the circuit court's order denying Petitioner's petition to vacate, set aside, or correct judgment o...

Wright v.Miyake Concrete Accessories, Inc.
Date: November 7, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000813
State v. Jones
Date: November 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000345
State v. Salavea
Date: November 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000386
Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Boonstra
Date: November 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000583
State v. Kaehu
Date: November 1, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000086
State v. Matsumoto  
Date: October 29, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000933

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's conviction and remanded the case for further proceedings, holding that the trial court erred in determining that Defendant's confession was voluntarily made despite an interrogating...

Kodama v. Kodama
Date: October 28, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000327
Schneider v. Chang
Date: October 25, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000601
Rembert v. Hawai'i Paroling Authority
Date: October 25, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000677
State v. Bright
Date: October 25, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000833
In re Trust Agreement dated June 6, 1974  
Date: October 24, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000632

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal arising from a 2014 petition by the Bank of Hawai'i (BOH) to resign as trustee for a trust comprised of several parcels of land underlying the Discovery Bay condominium complex in Waikiki, the Supreme Cour...

State v. Melendez
Date: October 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000522
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Lamon
Date: October 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000659
In re John
Date: October 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000671
Birmingham v. State
Date: October 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000722
State v. Oberle
Date: October 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000626
State v. Su
Date: October 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000692
Tim Sing v. Mossman
Date: October 21, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000207
State v. Zajac
Date: October 21, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000334
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Ganaden
Date: October 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000204
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Woo
Date: October 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000355
State v. Phillips  
Date: October 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000620

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the judgment of the district court accepting Defendant's pleas of no contest to open lewdness and disorderly conduct, holding th...

Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Esteban-Trinidad
Date: October 17, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000539
In re James
Date: October 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000662
MM v. BD
Date: October 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000596
State v. Lee
Date: October 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000797
State v. Marroquin
Date: October 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000505
State v. Naile
Date: October 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000534
State v. Pires
Date: October 14, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000379
PL III, LLC v. Puu Lani Ranch Corp.
Date: October 11, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001115
State v. Enos
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000407
State v. De Lima
Date: October 8, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000914
Office of the Public Defender v. Cahill
Date: October 7, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000675
Erum v. Llego
Date: October 3, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000762
State v. Resun
Date: October 2, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000046
In re Yim
Date: October 1, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000623
State v. Kaneaikala  
Date: October 1, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000647

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the admissibility of a suggestive eyewitness or show-up identification, the Supreme Court set forth new rules and because the holdings apply only prospectively to events occurring after publicatio...

Adams v. Hawaii Medical Service Ass'n  
Date: September 30, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000396

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the judgment of the circuit court that there were not genuine issues of material fact regarding whether Defendant, Hawaii Medic...

Hester v. Horowitz
Date: September 30, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000162
In re Office of Information Practices Opinion Letter No. F16-01
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000568
State v. Hosaka
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000716
State v. Malave
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000332
Honolulu Civil Beat Inc. v. Crabtree
Date: September 25, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000622
A.S. and J.S. v. Murakami
Date: September 25, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000626
Hodges v. State
Date: September 24, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000613
State v. Carlton
Date: September 24, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000419
State v. Hilario
Date: September 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000018
State v. Naeole
Date: September 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000381
State v. Martin
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001090
Ponce v. Administrative Director of the Courts
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000032
Falle v. Castagnetti
Date: September 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000619
Haynes v. Haas
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000570
In re Hall
Date: September 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000588
State v. Kahookele
Date: September 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000651
Respicio v. Administrative Director of the Courts
Date: September 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000851
State v. Pires
Date: September 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000088
Bank of Hawaii v. Marques
Date: September 9, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000734
Dural v. State
Date: September 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003694
U.S. Bank, National Association v. Daga
Date: September 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000026
State v. Galvez
Date: September 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000417
State v. Manuel
Date: September 3, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000420
State v. Baker
Date: August 30, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000454
Doe v. Attorney General
Date: August 29, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000351
State v. Hofer
Date: August 29, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000097
Eckard Brandes, Inc. v. Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Date: August 29, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000095
Ioane v. Castagnetti
Date: August 28, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000480
Chen v. Mah
Date: August 28, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000712
Bevill v. Maurizio
Date: August 27, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000499
Smith v. State
Date: August 27, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000068
State v. Myers
Date: August 27, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000290
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Dubin
Date: August 26, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000561
State v. Calaycay  
Date: August 26, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000386

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) reversing Defendant's conviction of harassment and affirmed the district court's judgment, holding that Defendant's harassment conviction...

State v. Persons
Date: August 26, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000294
Ching v. Case  
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCAP-18-0000432

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's determination that the State breached its constitutional trust duties by failing reasonably to monitor or inspect trust land at issue in this case, holding that an essential c...

Estate Administrative Services LLC v. Mohulamu
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000050
Ogeone v. Au
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000190
State v. Barrios
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000564
State v. Beaudet-Close
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000701
Realty Finance, Inc. v. Schmidt
Date: August 14, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000536
Clarabal v. State  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: SCAP-16-0000475

Justia Opinion Summary: In this suit filed by a mother living on the island of Lana'i and her two school-age daughters, the Supreme Court held that the State was constitutionally required to make all reasonable efforts to provide access to Hawa...

Grandinetti v. State
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000432
State v. Abrigo.
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000087
Wolcott v. Administrative Director of the Courts
Date: August 9, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000859
State v. Hernane
Date: August 9, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000350
State v. Davidson
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000845
State v. Kim
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000541
State v. Bungitak
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000738
State v. Grace
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000852
DL v. CL
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000211
State v. Botelho
Date: August 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000285
Collins v. Wassell
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000434
State v. Brazan
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000319
State v. Hopkins.
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000485
Abordo v. Ichida
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000499
State v. Brown
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000542
Skahan v. Stutts Construction Company, Inc.
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000329
State v. Kato
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000329
Hodges v. State
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000532
State v. Senip
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000094
Joslin v. Ota Camp-Makibaka Association, Inc.
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000545
State v. Brown  
Date: July 25, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000354

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for assault in the second degree, holding that Defendant's constitutional right to confrontation was violated when the circuit court refused to allow cross-examination of...

Grandinetti v. State
Date: July 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000432
State v. Voorhees
Date: July 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000844
State v. Winham
Date: July 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000351
State v. Rodrigues
Date: July 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000656
In re Nishimitsu
Date: July 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000472
State v. Kim
Date: July 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000461
Iyonsi v. Wal-Mart Incorporation
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: SCOT-19-0000498
Iyonsi v. Hawai'i Police Department
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: SCOT-19-0000499
Iyonsi v. United States of America
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: SCOT-19-0000500
Russi v.Commission on Judicial Conduct
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000463
Coco Palms Hui LLC v. Mau-Espirito
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000106
Coco Palms Hui LLC v. Mau-Espirito
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC--18-0000106
Young v. Nakamoto
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000448
Malabe v. Association of Apartment Owners of Executive Centre
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000145
Cambridge Management Inc. v. Jadan
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000176
Makila Land Co., LLC v. Kapu
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000358
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Ornellas
Date: July 15, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000447
Noghrey v. Bryant
Date: July 15, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000458
Nordic Construction, Ltd. v. Maui Beach Resort Limited Partnership
Date: July 15, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000659
In re EA
Date: July 15, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000705
Ioane v. Castagnetti
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000480
Yin v. Aguiar
Date: July 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000325
State v. Ioane
Date: July 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000328
State v. Eager
Date: July 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000151
State v. Nicol
Date: July 9, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000681 (Order Rejecting Application for Writ of Certiorari).ICA Order Dismissing the Appeal for Lack of Appellate Jurisdiction, filed 01/11/2017 [ada]. Application for Writ of Certiorari, filed 03/13/2017. S.Ct. Order Accepting Application for Writ of Certiorari, filed 04/27/2017 [ada].S.Ct. Opinion, filed 08/30/2017 [ada],140 Haw. 482.ICA s.d.o., filed 02/25/2019 [ada], 144 Haw. 62.Application for Writ of Certiorari, filed 05/28/2019. Circuit Court, 1st Circuit
State v. Phillips
Date: July 9, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000620
HSBC Bank USA v. Marcantonio
Date: July 9, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000807
In re B Children
Date: July 9, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000520
State v. Ernes
Date: July 8, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000507
In reBCI Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Los Angeles, Inc. v. Murakami
Date: July 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001135
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Kealoha
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000473
In reBCI Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Los Angeles, Inc. v. Murakami
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001135
State v. Young  
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000055

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the circuit court's judgment of conviction and probation sentence in favor of the State and vacated the circuit court's judgment...

Young v. Nakamoto
Date: July 2, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000448
In re Madden
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000433
Wells Fargo Bank v. Detol
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000873
State v. Weldon  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001042

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) vacating the circuit court's order granting Defendant's motion to suppress, holding that the police lacked reasonable suspicion to seize D...

State v. Matuu  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000571

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) on appeal that affirmed the circuit court's judgment of conviction and sentence convicting Defendant of assault in the first degree, hold...

State v. Abrigo  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000087

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's conviction, holding that litigants may not utilize another hearsay exception as an alternative to bypass the restrictions contained in the public records hearsay exception. While an...

State v. Chang  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000674

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's conviction for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, holding that the district court erroneously advised Defendant with regard to his right to testify in the cont...

In re AB
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000010
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Richards
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-18-0000015
Civil Beat Law Center for Public Interest, Inc. v. City & County of Honolulu  
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: SCAP-17-0000899 Circuit Court, 1st Circuit

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case alleging violations of Hawaii's Sunshine Law, Haw. Rev. Stat. part of I of chapter 92, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Plaintiff's complain...

Grandinetti v. State
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000432
State v. Glenn
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000604
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Cole
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000884
Karagianes v. State
Date: June 25, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000509
State v. Wilson  
Date: June 20, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000682

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming Defendant's conviction for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, holding that the ICA did not err in its ul...

State v. Goo
Date: June 20, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000369
Vicente v. Hilo Medical Investors, Ltd.
Date: June 20, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000502
State v. Gilroy
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000049
Poepoe v. Bissen
Date: June 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000438
Souza v. Fisher
Date: June 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000140
State v. Abella
Date: June 17, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000004 (Order Accepting Application for Writ of Certiorari).ICA Opinion, filed 03/22/2019 [ada], 144 Haw. 141. Application for Writ of Certiorari, filed 04/01/2019. S.Ct. Order Dismissing Application for Writ of Certiorari, filed 04/03/2019 [ada]. Application for Writ of Certiorari, filed 05/09/2019. Circuit Court, 1st Circuit
Liu v. Onaka
Date: June 13, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000419
Grindling v. State  
Date: June 13, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000474

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) on appeal and affirmed the circuit court's order granting Petitioner's petition for post-conviction relief on the ground that the trial co...

BCI Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Los Angeles, Inc. v. Murakami  
Date: June 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001135

Justia Opinion Summary: In this work injury discrimination case the Supreme Court held that in order for business necessity to constitute a valid defense to a claim of work injury discrimination, an employer must demonstrate that the employee's...

JF v. LR
Date: June 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000886
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Manuia
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000262
State v. Medeiros
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000829
State v. Guity  
Date: June 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000287

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) on appeal and vacated the circuit court's order denying Appellant's oral motion to withdraw pleas in his global plea agreement to two crim...

Joslin v. Ota Camp-Makibaka Association, Inc.
Date: June 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000545
State v. Barnes  
Date: June 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000909

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) and the portion of the circuit court's judgment of conviction and sentence sentencing Defendant, holding that the circuit court plainly er...

In re Marn Family Litigation
Date: June 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001232
Vincente v. Hilo Medical Investors, Ltd.
Date: June 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000502
Abordo v. Ichida
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000499
In re: Application for the Reinstatement of Adams
Date: May 28, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-17-0000163
State v. Winham
Date: May 24, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000351
In re: Application for the Reinstatement of Brittain
Date: May 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-17-0000908
State v. Aoki
Date: May 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000897
Malabe v. Association of Apartment Owners of Executive Centre
Date: May 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000145
In re AB
Date: May 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000010
Moore v. Futa
Date: May 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000377
Sakal v. Association of Apartment Owners of Hawaiian Monarch
Date: May 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000529
State v. Iona  
Date: May 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000100

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals and vacated Defendant's conviction of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, holding that Defend...

Saffery v. University of Hawaii
Date: May 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000145
In re Tax Appeal of Poe v. City and County of Honolulu
Date: May 21, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000624
State v. Preza
Date: May 21, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000521
RC v. MC
Date: May 20, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000592
State v. Castillon  
Date: May 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000421

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the judgment of the district court that Defendant violated Haw. Rev. Stat. 286-102(b) by operating a motor vehicle without a va...

Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court v. Khim
Date: May 14, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000354
Paco v. Myers
Date: May 14, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000780
Villaver v. Sylva  
Date: May 13, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001086

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) on appeal and the circuit court's order granting summary judgment against Plaintiff on the basis of his failure to timely respond to Defen...

Lumford v. Ota
Date: May 13, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000414
In re Application of Hawai'i Electric Light Co.  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCOT-17-0000630

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision and order of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approving an amended power purchase agreement (PPA) between Hawai'i Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO) and Hu Honua Bioenergy, L...

Malabe v. Association of Apartment Owners of Executive Centre
Date: May 9, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000145
State v. Cattaneo
Date: May 8, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000049
JR v. IR
Date: May 8, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000919
JD v. Poelman
Date: May 7, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-18-0000570
Collins v. Wassell
Date: May 7, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000434
Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court v. Eliason
Date: May 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000364
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Yamamoto
Date: May 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000363
HSBC Bank USA v. Marcantonio
Date: May 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000807
Kiriako v. State
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000338
Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Kanahele  
Date: May 1, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000319

Justia Opinion Summary: In this foreclosure action, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) vacating the circuit court's grant of summary judgment for Nationstar Mortgage, LLC but corrected the ICA's r...

Tereick v. Hawaiian Riverbend, LLC
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000683
Tax Foundation of Hawaii v. State
Date: April 25, 2019
Docket Number: SCAP-16-0000462
In re Friedman
Date: April 24, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000316
Calipjo v. Purdy  
Date: April 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001305

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) finding that no evidence was introduced at trial to support the jury's findings that Regal Capital Corporatio...

Bock v. Commission on Water Resource Management
Date: April 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCOT-18-0000513
State v. Pasene  
Date: April 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000156

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's convictions and remanded this case to the circuit court for further proceedings, holding that multiple instances of improper prosecutorial conduct cumulatively jeopardized Defendant'...

State v. Kauhane
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000668
Schmidt v. HSC, Inc.
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000858
AC v. NP
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000088
State v. Alkire
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000638
In re Brandon
Date: April 17, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000240
Arensmeyer v. Ginoza
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000216
State v. Hinebaugh
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000524
In re Partington and McPherson
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000301
State v. Fujiyoshi  
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000916

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the district court's judgment finding Defendant guilty of obstructing a highway or public passage after Defendant appeared pro s...

In re: Sonn, Esq., Deceased
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-15-0000931
In re: Ferrera, Esq., Deceased
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-18-0000873
In RE Ragsdale
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-18-0000967
In re Kowen
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000171
In re Walker
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000174
Goran Pleho, LLC v. Lacy  
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000025

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) partially vacating the circuit court's judgment entering judgment against Plaintiffs in this action alleging...

State v. Torres  
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000673

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions, holding that trial courts must engage the defendant in an on-the-record colloquy regarding the right to testify and right not to testify when either right is waived, ef...

Abordo v. Chang
Date: April 8, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000272
State v. Arkin  
Date: April 8, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000517

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) rejecting the State's confession of error that insufficient foundation was laid for the admission into evidence of...

PNC Mortgage v. Kondo
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0001390
Uyeda v. Schermer
Date: April 4, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000200
Kekona v. Abastillas
Date: April 4, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000679
Kekona v. Abastillas
Date: April 4, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000782
Uyeda v. Schermer
Date: April 4, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC16-0000200
Warner v. State
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: SCOT-19-0000110
State v. Abella
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000004
M Pocket Corporation v. Shanghai Shanghai, LLC
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000070
State v. Wykes
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000824
Sheveland v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: SCAP-17-0000325
State v. Means
Date: March 27, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000810
Tax Foundation of Hawaii v. State  
Date: March 21, 2019
Docket Number: SCAP-16-0000462

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order and judgment of the circuit court granting the State’s motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction this challenge to the State’s implementation of Haw. Rev. Stat. 248-2.6, holding that...

State v. Brain
Date: March 21, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000397
Kkua Council for Senior Citizens v. Director of the Department of Health
Date: March 21, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000850
Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court v. Miyao
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000144
L & E Ranch v. Loo
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000096
LoPresti v. Nago
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000141
Moose v. Kaneshiro
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000135
Uyeda v. Schermer  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000200

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment for Plaintiffs on their petition for an injunction against Defendan...

Sheveland v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCAP-17-0000325

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Rule 6 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Hawai’i (RSCH) did not prohibit Dentons US LLP from practicing law in Hawai’i through its Hawai’i-licensed attorneys because the portions of RSCH Ru...

State v. Pitolo  
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000413

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) reinstating certain criminal charges dismissed by the circuit court based on the statute of limitations, holding that there were question...

Ally Bank v. Hochroth
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000676
Persin v. State
Date: March 12, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000905
Hoku Lele, LLC v. City & County of Honolulu
Date: March 12, 2019
Citation: 143 Haw. 233
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000433
State v. Carroll
Date: March 12, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000593
In re Kauahi
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: SCOT-16-0000634
Keen v. Loo
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000131
Connors v. Kaneshiro
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000088
Makekau v. Garibaldi
Date: March 7, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000030
Austin v. Chang
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000059
Office of the Disciplinary Counsel v. Ikei
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000055
Akau v. State  
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0003754

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgments of the courts below denying Petitioner’s petition filed pursuant to Hawaii Rules of Penal Procedure (HRPP) Rule 40 to vacate, set aside, or correct his 1987 conviction for driving...

State v. Ayala
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000787
In re Tax Appeal of Priceline.com, Inc.  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: SCAP-17-0000367

Justia Opinion Summary: In this consolidated appeal from twenty-nine General Excise Tax (GET) assessments levied by the State Director of Taxation against five online travel companies based on car rental transactions taking place in the State b...

Campiformio v. To’oto’o
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000021
In re Application of Bowler v. Christiana Trust
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000728
Kaopua v. Kollar
Date: February 25, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000087
State v. Chatman  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000429

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated in part the intermediate court of appeals’ (ICA) judgment on appeal and vacated in part the circuit court’s order denying motion for correction or modification of the record filed May 18, 2015 a...

Horowitz v. Tamm
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000035
Woods v. Valenciano
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000052
State v. Bringas
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000543
Samoa v. Fujino
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000058
KU v. CS
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000413
Moskowitz v. City Council of the City and County of Honolulu
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000056
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Melvin
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: 19415
State v. Fleetwood
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000692
Paco v. Myers
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000780
LoPresti v. State
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: SCEC-18-0000908
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Whitehead
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: SCAD-18-0000796
Castro v. Castagnetti
Date: February 5, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-18-0000978
Villados v. State
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000111
State v. Calaycay
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000386
In re Iglesias
Date: January 31, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-19-0000036
In reBCI Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Los Angeles, Inc. v. Hoshijo
Date: January 31, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001135
State v. Thompson
Date: January 31, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000427
Waters v. Nago  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Numbers: SCEC-18-0000909, SCEC-18-0000910

Justia Opinion Summary: In these two election contests, the Supreme Court held that 350 absentee mail-in return envelopes were “received” by the Honolulu City Clerk after the deadline established by state law, and therefore, the ballots they co...

Iwasa v. Nago
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: SCEC-18-0000910
In re the Trust Agreement dated June 6, 1974, as amended
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000104
Castro v. Castagnetti
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-18-0000978
State v. Fujiyoshi
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000916
State v. Kalua
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000578
In re Kauahi
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCOT-16-0000634
In re Kido
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-18-0000969
Ogeone v. Ochiai
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000027
State v. Canosa
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000497
Sakal v. Association of Apartment Owners of Hawaiian Monarch
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000529
State v. Kalua  
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000578

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) vacating the district court’s dismissal of Defendant’s excessive speeding citation and remanded this case for further proceedings, holdin...

Bailey v. Duvauchelle
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000072
State v. Mendez
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000883
Star v. State
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000642
State v. Owen
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000654
State v. Chang
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000674
LoPresti v. State  
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: SCEC-18-0000908 (Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Judgment). Original Proceeding

Justia Opinion Summary: In this original proceeding challenging certain election results, the Supreme Court entered judgment in favor of the State of Hawaii, Chief Election Office Scott Nago, and the Office of Elections (collectively, the State...

City and County of Honolulu v. State
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: SCPW-18-0000733
In re Song
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-18-0000714
In re Hampton
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: SCPR-18-0000966
State v. Beaudet-Close
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000701
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