Supreme Court of Hawaii Decisions 2020

Waikiki, Jr. v. Trump
Date: September 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000538
Makila Land Co. v. Heirs or Assigns of APAA
Date: September 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000803
Longhi v. Hu
Date: September 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000815
Abel v. Bank of America, N.A.
Date: September 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000289
State v. Thompson
Date: September 22, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000361
U.S. Bank Trust National Association v. Budget Printers, Inc.
Date: September 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000576
State v. Voorhees  
Date: September 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000844

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 resisting arrest, holding that Defendant was entitled to relief on his...

State v. Sagapolutele-Silva
Date: September 16, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000491
Kkua Council for Senior Citizens v. Director of the Department of Health
Date: September 14, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000550
In re Judiciaryâ€s Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Number: SCMF-20-0000152
In re Allegra Connell Frank
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Number: SCPR-20-0000529
In re Hillary Benson Gangnes
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Number: SCPR-20-0000532
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Dubin
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000561
Judges for Justice v. Nakamoto
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000085
DL v. CL
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000023
Skahan v. Stutts Construction Company
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000077
Williamson v. Ashford
Date: September 4, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000522
State v. Kwong
Date: September 4, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000334
Trask, et.al. v. Lindsey, et.al.
Date: September 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCEC-20-0000525
State v. Luke
Date: September 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000950
Prudential Locations, LLC v. Gagnon
Date: September 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000890
State v. Lee
Date: September 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000655
Willis v. Kawamura
Date: September 2, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000494
Wilmington Savings Fund Society v. Ryan
Date: September 2, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000071
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Cookson
Date: September 1, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000548
In re Individuals in Custody of the State of Hawai'i
Date: September 1, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509
In re the Matter of the September 2020 Bar Examination
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: SCMF-12-0000538
Sandry v. State
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000405
State v. Hosaka  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000716

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that, under the totality of the circumstances in this case, the results of Defendant's breath test were admissible because Defendant validly consented to the breath test. After police arrested Def...

Fanene v. State of Hawai'i Office of Elections
Date: August 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCEC-20-0000517
In re Judiciary’s Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Date: August 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCMF-20-0000152
In re Individuals in Custody of the State of Hawai'i
Date: August 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509
In re Individuals in Custody of the State of Hawai'i
Date: August 26, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509
Lindsey v. State
Date: August 26, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000656
State v. Vega
Date: August 26, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000715
Tataii v. Nago
Date: August 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCOT-20-0000499
Kealoha v. To'oto'o
Date: August 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000385
In re Individuals in Custody of the State of Hawai'i
Date: August 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509
DeJean v. Nago
Date: August 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCEC-20-0000503
In re Individuals in Custody of the State of Hawai'i
Date: August 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509
In re Pulliam
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000469
In re Individuals in Custody of the State of Hawai'i
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509
In re Individuals in Custody of the State of Hawai'i
Date: August 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509
RSM Inc. v. Middleton
Date: August 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000406
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Egami
Date: August 18, 2020
Docket Number: 21803
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Brenner
Date: August 18, 2020
Docket Number: 26079
DeJean v. Nago
Date: August 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCEC-20-0000503
Dicks v. State of Hawai'i Office of Elections  
Date: August 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCEC-20-0000505

Justia Opinion Summary: In this original proceeding, the Supreme Court entered judgment dismissing this complaint asking the Court to nullify the results of the August 8, 2020 primary election for the City and County of Honolulu mayoral seat an...

In re the Matter of the Judiciary’s Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Date: August 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCMF-20-0000152
In re Individuals in Custody of the State of Hawai'i
Date: August 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509
In re Individuals in Custody of the State of Hawai'i
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509
Vicente v. Hilo Medical Investors, Ltd.
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000022
In re Individuals in Custody of the State of Hawai'i
Date: August 16, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509 (Order Re: Petty Misdemeanor and Misdemeanor Defendants). Petition for Writ of Mandamus, filed 08/12/2020. S.Ct. Order, filed 08/13/2020 [ada]. S.Ct. Interim Order, filed 08/14/2020 [ada]. Dissent, filed 08/15/2020 [ada]. Original Proceeding
In re Individuals in Custody of State of Hawai'i  
Date: August 14, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509

Justia Opinion Summary: Given the rising number of COVID-19 cases at the O'ahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) and the difficulties with social distancing the Supreme Court requested additional information to assist the court and parties i...

In re Individuals in Custody of the State of Hawai'i
Date: August 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000509
State v. Keanaaina
Date: August 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000898
In re Garbett
Date: August 10, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-16-0000354
Alexander & Baldwin , LLC v. Armitage
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000667
Vicente v. Hilo Medical Investors, Ltd.
Date: August 6, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000022
In re LI and HDK
Date: August 5, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000773
In re: Dunn
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-16-0000165
State v. Long
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000385
Driscoll v. Bank of America, N.A.
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000034
Driscoll v. Bank of America, N.A.
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000036
In re Parsons
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: SCPR-20-0000441
State v. Kwong
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000334
Araiza v. State
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000695
Bertelmann v. Nakamoto
Date: July 28, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000449
MD v. PR
Date: July 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000085
In re September 2020 Bar Exam
Date: July 22, 2020
Docket Number: SCMF-12-0000538
State v. Ishimine
Date: July 22, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000691
Denomie v. State
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000390
Drummondo v. State
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000404
Sandry v. State
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000405
State v. Jones
Date: July 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000345
Foo v. Boner
Date: July 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000348
State v. Ferguson
Date: July 16, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000414
State v. Grandinetti
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000050
Skahan v. Stutts Construction Company
Date: July 14, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000664
Martinez v. Frink
Date: July 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000433
Leong v. Honolulu Ford, Inc.
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000684
In re Falls
Date: July 8, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-20-0000436
State v. Lorenzo
Date: July 8, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000410
State v. Conroy  
Date: July 1, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000537

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals and the circuit court's judgment convicting Defendant of assault in the second degree, holding that the prosecutor's misconduct in this case vi...

In re The Estate of Stirling
Date: July 1, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000795
Kalima v. State  
Date: June 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCAP-18-0000068

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the circuit court's final judgment granting and apportioning monetary damages to Native Hawaiian beneficiaries after ruling that the State breached its duties as tru...

Hyland v. Gonzales
Date: June 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-18-0000550
Cadiz v. QSI, Inc.  
Date: June 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000594

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Plaintiff's injury-by-disease was compensable under Hawai'i's workers' compensation law because the employer failed to overcome the presumption in favor of compensability. Plaintiff filed a w...

State v. Jones  
Date: June 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000345

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) and the district court's judgment convicting Defendant of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII), holding that t...

State v. Glenn  
Date: June 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000604

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, the Supreme Court held prospectively that once the court receives notice pursuant to Haw. Rev. Stat. 407.5(1) that a defendant's penal responsibility is an issue in the case, the circuit court must...

Kelepolo v. Fernandez  
Date: June 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000138

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Defendants' petition for writ of mandamus, holding that the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) manifestly abused its discretion in setting the amount of a supersedeas bond as a condition of sta...

Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Terada
Date: June 29, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000416
King v. Kobayashi
Date: June 29, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-18-0000690
State v. Means  
Date: June 29, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000810

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's sentence for theft in the second degree by shoplifting, holding that, pursuant to State v. Auld, 361 P.3d 471 (Haw. 2015), Defendant's sentence violated his right to a jury determina...

Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Egami
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 21803
State v. Williams
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000630
O’Toole v. Fujino
Date: June 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-17-0000759
Vicente v. Hilo Medical Investors, Ltd.
Date: June 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000428
McKenna v. Association of Apartment Owners of Elima Lani  
Date: June 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000284

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from settlement negotiations between Plaintiff and Defendants relating to a dispute about water and mold damage to Plaintiff's condominium the Supreme Court remanded this case with instruction that t...

State v. Alkire  
Date: June 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000638

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII), hol...

State v. Grandinetti
Date: June 25, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000050
Lessin v. Cahill
Date: June 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000555
Disappeared News v. Maui Planning Commission
Date: June 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000386
Drummondo v. State
Date: June 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000404
Sandry v. State
Date: June 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000405
Martin v. Ige
Date: June 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000427
State v. Beaudet-Close  
Date: June 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000701

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the circuit court's judgment of conviction and sentence, holding that Defendant's privilege against self-incrimination was infri...

State v. Abion
Date: June 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000600
Abel v. Kaua'i Police Department
Date: June 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCOT-20-0000092
Abel v. Kaua'i Community Correctional Center
Date: June 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCOT-20-0000406
Warner v. Hawai'i Paroling Authority
Date: June 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-15-0000513
Iwasaki v. Sakamoto
Date: June 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-16-0000143
Vitale v. Ochiai
Date: June 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-18-0000577
Winnie v. Browning
Date: June 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000361
Slavick v. State
Date: June 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000407
State v. Su  
Date: June 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000692

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming Defendant's conviction of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII), holding that admissibility of eviden...

Slavick v. State
Date: June 22, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000391
State v. Naeole  
Date: June 22, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000381

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the opinion of the Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) vacating the circuit court's order granting Defendant's motion to suppress all evidence seized as a result of the execution of a search war...

State v. Texeira  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCAP-18-0000632

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for murder in the second degree, holding that third party culpability evidence was erroneously excluded, but the error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt...

Brisken v. Department of Public Safety
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000398
State v. Salavea  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000386

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the Intermediate Court of Appeals' (ICA) judgment on appeal and the circuit court's amended judgment convicting Defendant of burglary in the first degree, holding that Defendant was denied the r...

Estate Administrative Services LLC v. Mohulamu  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000050

Justia Opinion Summary: In this ejectment action, the Supreme Court granted Appellant's motion for in forma pauperis (IFP) status on appeal, vacated the Intermediate Court of Appeals' (ICA) order dismissing appeal, and remanded this case to the...

State v. Kato  
Date: June 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000329

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) and the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of reckless endangering in the second degree, holding that the circuit court er...

Sakal v. Association of Apartment Owners of Hawaiian Monarch  
Date: June 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000529

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from the nonjudicial foreclosure of Petitioner's apartment based on unpaid assessments the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) partially affirming the trial...

In re Elaine Emma Short Revocable Living Trust Agreement  
Date: June 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000960

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) upholding an order and judgment of the probate court that modified a trust provision regarding the distribution of trust principal without...

State v. Baker  
Date: June 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000115

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) and the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of sexual assault in the first degree and sexual assault in the third degree, h...

Malabe v. Association of Apartment Owners of Executive Centre
Date: June 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000145
Erum v. Llego  
Date: June 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000762

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal challenging the circuit court's grant of Defendant's ex parte oral motion to dismiss a personal injury action with prejudice, the Supreme Court held that the circuit court abused its discretion in granting...

In re SK, LK Jr., SKF, LK
Date: June 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000068
State v. Zhang
Date: June 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000338
State v. Feliciano
Date: June 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000610
Malabe v. Ass'n of Apartment Owners of Executive Centre  
Date: June 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000145

Justia Opinion Summary: In this certiorari proceeding arising out of a lawsuit brought by condominium owners whose unit was nonjudicially foreclosed by their association of apartment owners the Supreme Court held that the intermediate court of...

State v. Ernes  
Date: June 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000507

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of assault against a law enforcement officer in the second degree, holding that the record did not reflect an on-the-record exchange sufficient to constitute the true col...

Anonymous Donors v. Connors
Date: June 16, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000102
Elder v. The Bluffs at Mauna Kea Community Association
Date: June 16, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000266
In re Office of Information Practices Opinion Letter No. F16-01  
Date: June 16, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000568

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal stemming from James Smith's "complaint to initiate special proceeding," the Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the circuit court's final judgment dismis...

State v. Lora  
Date: June 16, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000548

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the intermediate court of appeals' (ICA) judgment on appeal and the circuit court's judgment of conviction and sentence, holding that the circuit court erred in admitting a portion of the compla...

State v. Williams  
Date: June 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0001285

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the intermediate court of appeals' (ICA) judgment on appeal and the circuit court's judgment of conviction and sentence, holding that Defendant's fundamental due process right to present a compl...

State v. Stone  
Date: June 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000078

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, holding that Defendant's due process right to a fair trial was implicated by the lack of a correction of a police offic...

State v. Su  
Date: June 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000692 ICA s.d.o., filed 05/30/2019 [ada], 144 Haw. 387. Application for Writ of Certiorari, filed 09/03/2019. S.Ct. Order Accepting Application for Writ of Certiorari, filed 10/22/2019 [ada]. District Court, 1st Circuit, Honolulu Division

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) as well as the district court's judgment convicting Defendant of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII), holding...

State v. Zowail  
Date: June 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000777

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for violating Revised Ordinances of Honolulu (ROH) 29-5.1 for engaging in business on any public sidewalk where Defendant's operation tended to or did impede or inconveni...

Grandinetti v. State
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000432
State v. Engelby  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000724

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming Defendant's conviction for two counts of sexual assault in the first degree for molesting a minor child, holding that the testi...

State v. Winham
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000351
State v. Semes
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000898
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Partington
Date: June 10, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-20-0000403
In re United Public Workers v. Kishimoto
Date: June 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCAP-18-0000732
In re Application of The Gas Company, LLC  
Date: June 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCOT-19-0000044

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approving an application for a rate increase submitted by Hawai'i Gas (HG) and remanded this case to the PUC for further proceedings, holdin...

Office of the Public Defender v. Connors
Date: June 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000200 (Dissent Re: Order Concluding Matters in This Consolidated Proceeding by Wilson, J.). S.Ct. Interim Order re: Initial Summary Report and Initial Recommendations of the Special Master, filed 04/09/2020 [ada]. Consolidated with SCPW-20-0000213. S.Ct. Interim Order, filed 04/15/2020 [ada]. S.Ct. Third Interim Order, filed 04/24/2020 [ada]. Concurrence re: Interim Order[ada]. S.Ct. Fourth Interim Order, filed 05/04/2020 [ada]. S.Ct. Fifth Interim Order, filed 05/19/2020 [ada]. S.Ct Order Concluding Matters in This Consolidated Proceeding, filed 06/05/2020 [ada]. Original Proceeding
State v. Ikimaka  
Date: June 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000003

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this criminal matter to the circuit court for further proceedings, holding that the circuit court erred by denying Defendant's motion to suppress as to certain drug evidence. Defendant was con...

Office of the Public Defender v. Connors
Date: June 8, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000200
Office of the Public Defender v. Connors
Date: June 5, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000200
In re Kaheaku
Date: June 5, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000380
Kealoha v. To'oto'o
Date: June 5, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000385
Delapinia v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC.
Date: June 4, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000387
State v. Miranda  
Date: June 4, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000660

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of assault in the second degree, holding that Defendant's constitutional right...

Denomie v. State
Date: June 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000390
Slavick v. State
Date: June 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000391
In re Lauro
Date: June 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000397
State v. Bright  
Date: June 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000833

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for violating a protective order for coming within 100 feet of the complainant while at his place of work, holding that Defendant's place of work was not a "neutral locat...

Ted’s Wiring Service, Ltd. v. Department of Transportation
Date: June 1, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000473
State v. Thompson  
Date: June 1, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000427

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the intermediate court of appeals' judgment on appeal (ICA) inasmuch as the opinion implicitly affirmed the circuit court's calculation at resentencing of Defendant's credit for time served unde...

Slavick v. Eddins
Date: May 29, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000362
In re Slavick
Date: May 29, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000381
State v. Key
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000064
State v. Enos  
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000407

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) remanding Defendant's criminal case to the circuit court, holding that it was within the circuit court's discretion to dismiss the drug c...

Xu v. Ochiai
Date: May 22, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000358
Prudential Locations, LLC v. Gagnon
Date: May 21, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000890
Porter v. The Queen’s Medical Center
Date: May 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000602
State v. Baker
Date: May 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000454
LO v. NO
Date: May 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000446
Office of the Public Defender v. Connors
Date: May 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000200
State v. Martin
Date: May 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001090
State v. Uchima  
Date: May 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000081

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 Defendant's untimely filing o...

In re Taniguchi Trust
Date: May 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000517
Lana'ians for Sensible Growth v. Land Use Commission  
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCOT-17-0000526

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Land Use Commission of the State of Hawai'i erred in a 2017 by interpreting a condition of an administrative order issued almost thirty years earlier prohibiting a resort (Resort) from irr...

Young v. Chang
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000195
In re Harshman
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000276
In re Lauro
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000334
Yamano v. Ochiai
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000359
State v. Gallagher  
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001300

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's conviction and sentence for criminal property damage in the second degree, holding that the risk of unfair prejudice posed by the introduction of four prior incidents of aggressive a...

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union v. Monalim
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000807
Ted’s Wiring Service, Ltd. v. Department of Transportation
Date: May 14, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000473
State v. Tavares
Date: May 14, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000357
Pennymac Corp. v. Godinez
Date: May 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000185
State v. Jaentsch
Date: May 11, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000894
Austin v. Browning
Date: May 8, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000106
Estate of Frey v. Mastroianni  
Date: May 5, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001030

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the intermediate court of appeals' (ICA) judgment affirming the judgment of the circuit court in favor of Dr. Robert Mastroianni on Plaintiff's claim that Dr. Mastroianni's negligence was the ca...

State v. Ikimaka
Date: May 5, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000003
Haynes v. Haas  
Date: May 5, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000570

Justia Opinion Summary: In this nuisance action, the Supreme Court vacated the circuit court's final judgments and the intermediate court of appeals' (ICA) judgment affirming in part, holding that the ICA erred by concluding that damages are no...

Office of the Public Defender v. Connors
Date: May 4, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000200
Botelho v. Atlas Recycling Center, LLC.  
Date: May 4, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000349

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeal (ICA) and the Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board's (LIRAB) award of attorney's fees to Stanford Masui for his representation of Reginal...

Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Brower
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000605
HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union v. Monalim  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000807

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that, in foreclosure cases in which a deficiency judgment is entered, the traditional process by which Hawai'i courts calculate a deficiency judgment can result in unjust enrichment, and therefore,...

Kahawaiolaa v. Hawaiian Sun Investments, Inc.  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000317

Justia Opinion Summary: In this commercial landlord-tenant dispute the Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) vacating the circuit court's judgment finding that Tenant was not...

Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Cookson
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000548
DL v. CL
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000211
DL v. CL  
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000536

Justia Opinion Summary: In Father's third appeal in a divorce proceeding the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) except to the extent it affirmed the family court's order denying Father's motion for re...

DL v. CL  
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000630

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce proceeding, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) concluding that Father's motion to amend findings of fact and conclusions of law and motion for new trial pur...

State v. Abihai  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000546

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for escape in the second degree but remanded the matter to the circuit court for calculation of Defendant's presentence detention credit consistent with this...

Eckard Brandes, Inc. v. Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Date: April 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000095
Office of the Public Defender v. Connors
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000200
State v. Siugpiyemal
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000871
State v. Melendez  
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000522

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) vacating the order of the circuit court dismissing the charge against Defendant for possession of a dangerous drug in the third degree, h...

State v. Martin
Date: April 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001090
In re: HK & KK
Date: April 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000906
State v. Martin  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001090

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court primarily affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of various counts, including attempted murder of a police offi...

State v. Malave  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000332

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the judgment of the family court convicting Defendant on two counts of sexual assault in the first degree, holding that the ICA...

State v. Silva
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000883
Ogeone v. Crabtree
Date: April 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000186
State v. Malave  
Date: April 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000332 ICA s.d.o., filed 05/29/2019 [ada], 144 Haw. 386. Application for Writ of Certiorari, filed 08/06/2019.S.Ct. Order Accepting Application for Writ of Certiorari, filed 09/27/2019 [ada]. Family Court, 1st Circuit

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming Defendant's conviction of sexual assault in the first degree on the complaining witness pursuant to Haw. Rev. Stat. 707-730(1)(...

State v. Semes
Date: April 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000898
Eckard Brandes, Inc. v. Department of Labor & Industrial Relations  
Date: April 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000095

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) dismissing this appeal on the grounds that appellate jurisdiction was lacking, holding that the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in...

DL v. CL  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000211

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the family court's challenged rulings concerning child custody and relocation and disqualification of counsel in a divorce proc...

State v. Stone
Date: April 16, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000078
Office of the Public Defender v. Connors
Date: April 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000200
Wells Fargo Bank v. Fong
Date: April 14, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000435
Ketchmark v. County of Hawai'i
Date: April 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCOT-20-0000118
In re: Tom
Date: April 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCPR-20-0000120
In re: Ruggles
Date: April 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000130
Trustees of the Estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop v. Au
Date: April 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000235
DJ v. CJ  
Date: April 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000027

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the intermediate court of appeals' (ICA) amended judgment remanding this custody case to the family court for further proceedings, holding that the ICA did not err by holding that the family co...

Office of the Public Defender v. Connors
Date: April 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000200
Cui v. State
Date: April 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000828
State v. Hofer
Date: April 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000100
State v. Sandoval
Date: April 8, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000636
In re N.F. and A.F.
Date: April 6, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000948
State v. Manwell
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000360
Provident Funding Associates, L.P. v. Gardner
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000453
Los Banos v. Hawaii Labor Relations Board
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000476
Yin v. Aguiar
Date: March 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000325
In re Partington and McPherson
Date: March 23, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000301
Yamamoto v. Chee
Date: March 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000260
Porter v. The Queen’s Medical Center
Date: March 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000602
McAndrew v. Association of Apartment Owners of Kuapa Isle
Date: March 19, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000568
Ferreira v. Larson
Date: March 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000801
In re Partington and McPherson
Date: March 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000301
Office of the Disciplinary Counsel v. Kealoha
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCPR-20-0000117
Mobley v. Ching  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0001090

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from a personal injury lawsuit against the drivers of two vehicles in two separate accidents, one in 2005 and the other in 2008, the Supreme Court affirmed the ICA"s judgment vacating the circuit cou...

State v. Baker  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000454

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's conviction for failing to comply with the requirements of Haw. Rev. Stat. 291C-13, holding that both the complaint and the evidence were insufficient. Section 291C-13 requires that...

Kanaele v. Laubach
Date: March 12, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000109
Honolulu Civil Beat Inc. v. Department of the Attorney General  
Date: March 11, 2020
Docket Number: SCAP-17-0000480

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the State's refusal to produce the results of an investigation into the Office of the Auditor based in part on the lawyer-client privilege the Supreme Court held that the State may not exclude a g...

BV v. TV
Date: March 11, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000435
Trustees of Estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop v. Au  
Date: March 10, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) and the order of the circuit court determining that Appellant qualified as a "plaintiff" for the purpose of the vexatious litigant statut...

Yin v. Aguiar  
Date: March 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000325

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the order of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant and dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging tha...

Rembert v. Nacino
Date: March 5, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000821
In re Partington  
Date: March 5, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000301

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) did not abuse its discretion by imposing sanctions on two attorneys (together, Counsel) and denying Counsel's motion to reconsider the sanctions orders...

State v. Tavares
Date: March 5, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000357
DL v. CL
Date: March 5, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000630
State v. Alcocer
Date: March 4, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000687
Martowska v. Onaka
Date: March 2, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000051
Yamamoto v. Chee  
Date: March 2, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000260

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the judgment of the circuit court granting Defendants' motion to compel arbitration of Plaintiff's complaint against a partners...

WW v. DS
Date: March 2, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000361
In re Evora
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCPR-20-0000064
In re Kashiwagi
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCPR-20-0000069
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Bouslog
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCPR-20-0000070
Ferreira v. Larson
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000801
Maddox v. Loo
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000006
Danielson v. Cardoza
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000017
State v. Miranda
Date: February 26, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000660
Krentler v. Krentler
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000105
State v. Makanani
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000918
Abel v. Obama
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCOT-20-0000061
In re Kwok
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: SCPR-20-0000065
Trustees of the Estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop v. Au
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000895
State v. Rosa
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000494
State v. Hardoby
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000781
Eleson v. State
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000049
DL v. CL
Date: February 10, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000536
Quel v. Board of Trustees, Employees’ Retirement System of Hawai'i  
Date: February 6, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000355

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) and the decision of the circuit court affirming the decision of the Board of Trustees of the Employees' Retirement System of Hawai'i (ERS...

Abel v. Acoba
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000028
State v. Domut  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000402

Justia Opinion Summary: On Defendant's appeal from his convictions of driving without a license and of no motor vehicle insurance, the Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the district court and the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) and rema...

State v. Atonio
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000403
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Ragan
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000656
Botelho v. Atlas Recycling Center, LLC.
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000349
State v. Atonio
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000403
Chen v. Mah  
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000712

Justia Opinion Summary: In this compensation dispute based on an oral agreement between Plaintiff and Defendants the Supreme Court affirmed the intermediate court of appeals' (ICA) judgment on appeal affirming the circuit court's final judgment...

In re Parsons
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: SCPR-20-0000008
State v. Carroll
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000593
State v. Carroll  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000593

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) and the circuit court's judgment of conviction and sentence, holding that the circuit court abused its discretion in denying Defendant's c...

State v. Zowail
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000777
Office of the Disciplinary Counsel v. Song
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000820
In re Tax Appeal of Kaheawa Wind Power, LLC v. County of Maui  
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: SCAP-17-0000816

Justia Opinion Summary: In this taxation dispute between the County of Maui and Appellees, which leased land on the island of Maui to operate their wind farms, the Supreme Court upheld the Tax Appeals Court's (TAC) final judgment in favor of Ap...

American Savings Bank, F.S.B. v. Chan  
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-15-0000309

Justia Opinion Summary: In this foreclosure dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the circuit court's determination of lien priority between the Villages of Kapolei Association's...

Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000005
Eleson v. State
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000747
In re HK and KK
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000906
Stanley v. State
Date: January 16, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000141
State v. Namauu
Date: January 16, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000138
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Sereno
Date: January 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCAD-19-0000571
State v. Rodrigues
Date: January 15, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000656
Title Guaranty Escrow Services, Inc. v. Wailea Resort Company, Ltd.
Date: January 13, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0001138
State v. Lora
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000548
OneWest Bank, F.S.B. v. Ass'n of the Owners of the Kumulani at the Uplands at Mauna Kea  
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000123

Justia Opinion Summary: In this foreclosure case, the Supreme Court held that the circuit court's award of a forfeited down payment as damages to the Association of the Owners of the Kumulani of the Uplands at Mauna Kea, creditors in the judici...

State v. Williams
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000226
State v. Pitts
Date: January 8, 2020
Docket Number: SCAP-16-0000830
Grandinetti v. State
Date: January 7, 2020
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000432
State v. Williams  
Date: January 3, 2020
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000226

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's conviction on the charge of assault in the third degree, holding that the deputy prosecuting attorney's elicitation of evidence regarding Child Welfare Services' involvement in viola...

State v. Sheffield  
Date: January 2, 2020
Docket Number: SCAP-17-0000707

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's conviction of kidnapping, holding that the circuit court erred in failing to instruct the jury that the "restraint" required to support a kidnapping conviction under Haw. Rev. Stat....

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