Supreme Court of Hawaii Decisions 2022

In re ASK  
Date: December 27, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000285

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that, in petitions for adoption and permanent placement, a family court is free to consider any admissible evidence that addresses the best interests of the individual, including evidence…

Malish v. Nago  
Date: December 23, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000682

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this election complaint asserting that the November 8, 2022 primary election ballot violated Haw. Const. art. II, 4 and Haw. Rev. Stat. 12-31 and that James Malish should have been included in…

In re: Morris
Date: December 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000720
In re: Hillman
Date: December 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000721
In re: Judiciaryâ€s Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Date: December 20, 2022
Docket Number: SCMF-20-0000152
Disciplinary Board of the Hawai'i Supreme Court v. Crowell
Date: December 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000486
Cushnie v. Nago
Date: December 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000703
Dicks v. Nago
Date: December 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000711
In re: Lee
Date: December 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000709
Department of Education v. Roberts
Date: December 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000464
WN v. SM
Date: December 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000646
Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB v. Domingo
Date: December 14, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000099
In re: Salling
Date: December 13, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000704
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Chapman
Date: December 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000714
Deangelo v. Souza
Date: December 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000607
Meyers v. Meyers
Date: December 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000743
Graham v. Circuit Court
Date: November 29, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000608
In re: Garneau
Date: November 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000635
In re: McClure
Date: November 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000657
In re: Li
Date: November 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000677
Barrett v. Haia
Date: November 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000575
Makila Land Co., LLC v. Kapu  
Date: November 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000358

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the opinion of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the order of the circuit court granting summary judgment against Jonah Ke'eaumoku Kapu and in favor of Makila Land Co., LLC on…

State v. Blyenburg  
Date: November 23, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000714

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the order of the circuit court denying Defendant's motion to dismiss the counts against him, holding that Defendant was not…

Malish v. Nago
Date: November 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000682
Mason v. Souza
Date: November 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000683
Suitt v. State  
Date: November 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000370

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court ruled that the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) had jurisdiction to review the merits of Appellant's postconviction appeal even though the appeal was not properly taken from a final order, holding…

State v. Kalani
Date: November 18, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000325
Deangelo v. Souza  
Date: November 17, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000607

Justia Opinion Summary: In this petition for an extraordinary writ the Supreme Court held that when probable cause has been found after a preliminary hearing but the case is dismissed without prejudice due to a defect in the prosecution, Haw.…

Ka'iama v. Chairperson of the Disciplinary Board of the Hawai'i Supreme Court
Date: November 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000634
Malish v. Nago
Date: November 14, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000682
Arbles v. Merit Appeals Board
Date: November 14, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000072
AB v. MF
Date: November 14, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000387
State v. Sauceda
Date: November 14, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000507
Richardson v. Holma
Date: November 9, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000674
State v. Tronson  
Date: November 9, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000504

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the decision of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the decision of the district court granting Defendant's motion to suppress his answers to the medical rule-out…

Williamson v. Ashford
Date: November 4, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-20-0000522
Reyes v. Haia
Date: November 4, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000609
Nitta v. Department of Human Services  
Date: November 4, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000432

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising out of the Department of Human Services' attempt to recover payments made to Dr. Frederick Nitta from its Medicaid Primary Care Physician Program the Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the…

State v. Vasconcellos  
Date: November 2, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000465

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated in part the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the district court's order granting Defendant's motion to suppress statements after finding that Defendant was subject…

State v. Semes
Date: October 31, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000545
State v. Werblun
Date: October 31, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000606
State v. Hirata  
Date: October 31, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000689

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's conviction for continuous sexual assault of a minor under the age of fourteen years, in violation of Haw. Rev. Stat. 707-733.6, holding that two of the deputy prosecuting attorney's…

State v. Tengan
Date: October 31, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000759
State v. Basabe
Date: October 31, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000093
State v. Hema
Date: October 31, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000334
In re: Wong
Date: October 27, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000600
State v. McCormick
Date: October 26, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000294
State v. Giugliano
Date: October 26, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000451
Warner v. State
Date: October 24, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000034
In re: The Conservatorship and Guardianship of Sheena May Winnie
Date: October 24, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000430
U.S. Bank National Association v. Chun
Date: October 24, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-22-0000365
Yamashita v. LG Chem, Ltd  
Date: October 20, 2022
Docket Number: SCCQ-22-0000538

Justia Opinion Summary: In this opinion, the Supreme Court answered two certified questions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concerning the relationship between Hawaii's general long-arm statute, Haw. Rev. Stat.…

In re: Nakayama
Date: October 19, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000614
State v. Crowe
Date: October 18, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000852
State v. Cabulizan
Date: October 17, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000667
State v. Maniecki
Date: October 17, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000749
Arneson v. Ashford
Date: October 14, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000521
Poaha v. Logan
Date: October 14, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000522
Sof-Xi Kauai Pv Golf, L.P. v. Watanabe
Date: October 14, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000526
Leas v. Ching
Date: October 14, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000558
In re: Aburano
Date: October 13, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000574
State v. Gray
Date: October 13, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000140
State v. Lafoga
Date: October 12, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000175
Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB v. Domingo
Date: October 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000099
State v. Ricard
Date: October 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000440
State v. Talo
Date: October 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000457
In re GH  
Date: October 10, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000583

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the judgment of the family court adjudicating Minor as a law violator for sexually assaulting the nine-year-old complaining witness…

State v. Garcia  
Date: October 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000328

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) in this criminal case, holding that because the information omitted the crime of forgery in the second degree's states of mind, it failed…

Barrett v. Thomas
Date: September 30, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000575
State v. Narvaez
Date: September 29, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000461
State v. Obrero
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCAP-21-0000576
Massey v. First Circuit Court
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000487
Hughes v. State
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000048
State v. Ibarra
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000697
State v. Talo
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000565
Jones v. Brady
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000220
Francis v. First Circuit Court
Date: September 27, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000455
Poaha v. Logan
Date: September 26, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000522
Kia’i Wai O Wai’Ale’Ale v. Dep't of Water, County of Kaua'i  
Date: September 23, 2022
Docket Number: SCAP-20-0000487

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the environmental court's orders granting partial summary judgment and the ensuing order entering final judgment in favor of the Department of Water, County of Kaua'i (KDOW) in this transfer…

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company v. Yata
Date: September 23, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000922
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Nelson
Date: September 20, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000493
Warner v. State  
Date: September 20, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000034

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated in part the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals and the order of the circuit court denying Appellant's pro se Haw. R. Penal P. 40 petition challenging the sentencing court's judgment…

Cushnie v. State of Hawai'i – Chief Election Officer
Date: September 19, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000515
Penn v. State of Hawai'i, Office of Elections
Date: September 19, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000518
Williams v. Rouse
Date: September 19, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000463
In re: Long
Date: September 19, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000484
Life Care Center of Hilo v. Department of Human Services
Date: September 19, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000676
State v. Benson
Date: September 19, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000012
State v. Marts
Date: September 19, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000286
Lam v. State of Hawai'i, Office of Elections
Date: September 16, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000500
Ho'omoana Foundation v. Land Use Commission
Date: September 16, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000181
State v. Canosa
Date: September 16, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000650
In re: AB and BB
Date: September 13, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000717
State v. Barnes
Date: September 12, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000168
Cordery v. State of Hawai'i Office of Elections
Date: September 9, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000504
State v. Yake
Date: September 9, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000332
State v. Obrero  
Date: September 8, 2022
Docket Number: SCAP-21-0000576

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court denying Defendant's motion to dismiss the charges against him of, among other things, second-degree murder, holding that the State's prosecution of Defendant…

Suitt v. State
Date: September 8, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000370
Dicks v. State of Hawai'i Office of Elections
Date: September 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000490
Ventrella v. State
Date: September 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000448
Disciplinary Board of the Hawai'i Supreme Court v. Garbarino
Date: September 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000529
Oquendo v. State, Office of Elections  
Date: September 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000513

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Plaintiff's election complaint seeking a manual recount of the ballots cast in the 2022 Republican Primary Election for the House District 45 seat and an order requiring certain requests to be…

Cushnie v. State, Chief Election Officer  
Date: September 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000515

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this matter that was submitted as a letter and construed as an election contest complaint, holding that the complaint failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. Plaintiff Ralph…

Penn v. State, Office of Elections  
Date: September 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000518

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this election complaint brought by Plaintiff Jay Dee Penn, holding that the complaint failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Plaintiff brought this complaint asserting…

The Bank of New York Mellon v. Ward
Date: September 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000882
The Bank of New York Mellon v. Ward
Date: September 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-22-0000323
Decker IV v. State of Hawai'i Office of Elections
Date: September 2, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000498
Coles v. City & County of Honolulu  
Date: September 2, 2022
Docket Number: SCRQ-22-0000097

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that class action tolling applies to Haw. Rev. Stat. 46-72 and that a class action complaint may therefore satisfy the statue's notice requirement and that the availability of class action tolling…

Ka'iama v. Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Date: August 31, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000511
Lam v. State of Hawai'i Office of Elections  
Date: August 29, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000500

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this original proceeding that the Supreme Court construed as an election complaint, holding that this Court did not have jurisdiction to grant Plaintiff the relief he sought. Plaintiff, one…

Cordery v. State of Hawai'i Office of Elections  
Date: August 29, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000504

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Plaintiffs' election contest complaint seeking nullification of the 2022 primary election results, holding that the complaint failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Plaintiffs…

Kim v. State of Hawai'i Office of Elections  
Date: August 29, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000508

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court entered judgment in favor of Defendants in this election contest brought by Plaintiff Richard Kim, holding that Josh Green received the highest number of votes and that his name shall be placed on the…

Wilmington Savings Fund Society v. Ryan
Date: August 29, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000071
Decker v. Hawai'i Office of Elections  
Date: August 26, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000498

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this original proceeding brought upon Plaintiff's submission of a document entitled "Election Complaint; Motion for Preliminary Injunction Rule 65 HRCP," which was filed as an election contest…

Dicks v. State of Haw. Office of Elections  
Date: August 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000490

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this original proceeding brought upon Plaintiffs' submission of a document entitled "Election Complaint; Motion for Preliminary Injunction Rule 65 HRCP," which was filed as an election contest…

In re: AK and SK
Date: August 18, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000285
State v. Ulgaran
Date: August 16, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000533
In re: Mikonczyk
Date: August 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-20-0000512
State v. Matsui
Date: August 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000055
PHH Mortgage Corporation v. Patterson
Date: August 12, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000380
Chun v. Board of Land and Natural Resources
Date: August 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCAP-19-0000501
Barker v. Young
Date: August 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000098
State v. Yamashita  
Date: August 5, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000075

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the judgment of the circuit court convicting and sentencing Defendant but reversed with regard to the issue of…

State v. Thromman
Date: August 4, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000426
State v. Ishimine  
Date: August 4, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000691

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming Defendant's kidnapping conviction, holding that the circuit court erred in failing to instruct the jury in accordance with State…

Hodges v. State
Date: August 2, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000430
State v. Garcia
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000328
Slavick v. Hyun
Date: July 27, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000414
In re: Lindsey
Date: July 27, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000439
In re: Sheppard
Date: July 25, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000433
City and County of Honolulu v. Honolulu Police Commission
Date: July 25, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000776
KQ v. RQ
Date: July 18, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000081
Smith v. Kuriyama
Date: July 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000399
Graham v. First Circuit Court
Date: July 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000431
James B. Nutter & Company v. Namahoe, Sr.
Date: July 13, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000496
In re: DM
Date: July 13, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000485
Miller-Kalama v. Hawk
Date: July 12, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000385
Wilborn v. State
Date: July 12, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000398
Flores v. Ballard  
Date: July 12, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000841

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the circuit court's order dismissing Plaintiff's complaint challenging the presence of police officers from the Honolulu Police…

GMAC Mortgage, LLC v. Tom
Date: July 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000102
AKM on behalf of AM v. RA
Date: July 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000672
Adarna v. First Circuit Court, State of Hawaii
Date: July 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000331
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Choi
Date: July 5, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000319
Young v. Hawaii Island Humane Society S.P.C.A.
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000838
Nitta v. Department of Human Services
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000432
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Furusho
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000317
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Locricchio
Date: June 24, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-16-0000218
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Choi
Date: June 24, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000319
In re: Dressler
Date: June 24, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000372
In re: J.H.
Date: June 24, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000316
State v. Safadago
Date: June 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000094
In re: JB
Date: June 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000283
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company v. Gaspar
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000370
Velasco v. Haia
Date: June 20, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000375
For Our Rights v. Ige
Date: June 20, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000024
State v. Naumu
Date: June 17, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000739
In re: SK Children
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000196
Disciplinary Board of the Hawai'i Supreme Court v. Collins, II
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000099
Dicks v. State
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCEC-22-0000386
In re: Judiciaryâ€s Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCMF-20-0000152
Bertleman v. Otani
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000353
Hicks v. The 2021 Hawai'i Reapportionment Commission and Its Members.
Date: June 14, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000078
State v. Silva, III
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000437
In re: Pagan
Date: June 9, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000330
In re: Nichols
Date: June 9, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000354
State v. Manion
Date: June 9, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000563
Smith v. Kuriyama
Date: June 8, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000326
What v. Kuriyama
Date: June 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000178
State v. Balai, Sr.
Date: June 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000326
What v. Kuriyama
Date: June 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-22-0000178
Kakazu v. Christopher
Date: June 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000634
State v. Skapinok  
Date: June 3, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000476

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that when an officer administers a standardized field sobriety test (SFST) to a person suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, the officer is conducting an…

State v. Sagapolutele-Silva  
Date: June 3, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000491

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the district court suppressing Defendant's statements, vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming that Defendant was in custody during the traffic…

State v. Manion  
Date: June 3, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000563

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) vacating in part the district court's conclusion that Defendant's performance on the standardized field sobriety test (SFST) was…

State v. Etimani
Date: June 1, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000473
In re: Devaney, IV
Date: May 26, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000325
Middleton v. Betts
Date: May 26, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000318
Hildreth v. Drewyer
Date: May 25, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000320
Hildreth v. Kelley
Date: May 25, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000327
Molina v. Ginoza
Date: May 19, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000311
Prescott v. Ginoza
Date: May 19, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000312
Disciplinary Board of the Hawai'i Supreme Court v. Gima
Date: May 18, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000316
In re: McKee
Date: May 18, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000314
Chavez v. Wong
Date: May 18, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000307
Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest v. Chang
Date: May 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-21-0000511
Hicks v. 2021 Hawai'i Reapportionment Commission  
Date: May 9, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000078

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the 2021 Hawai'i Reapportionment Commission (the Commission) discharged its obligations under Haw. Const. art. I, 6 and Haw. Rev. Stat. 25-2(b) in developing the 2021 Final Legislative…

Maui Meadows Neighborhood Association v. Maui Planning Commission
Date: May 9, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000276
Disciplinary Board of the Hawai'i Supreme Court v. Edelman
Date: May 2, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000301
Noel Madamba Contracting LLC v. Romero
Date: May 2, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000598
State v. Jardine  
Date: April 29, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000153

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the order of the circuit court granting Defendant's motion to dismiss the felony information against him based upon a defective…

In re: Adoption of a Male Child
Date: April 27, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000099
Honolulu Civil Beat Inc. v. Department of the Attorney General  
Date: April 26, 2022
Docket Number: SCAP-21-0000057

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that, by and large, Hawai'i's public information law - the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) - required the state Attorney General (AG) to release a report it issued in 2016 documenting…

In re: Morrow
Date: April 26, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000259
In re: Martin
Date: April 26, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000283
Hughes v. State
Date: April 26, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000048
Disciplinary Board of the Hawai'i Supreme Court v. Collins, II
Date: April 21, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000099
Tenis v. Somerville
Date: April 18, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-21-0000448
State v. Alisna
Date: April 12, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000533
State v. Keanaaina
Date: April 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000898
Pavich v. Wead
Date: April 6, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000223
Disciplinary Board of the Hawai'i Supreme Court v. Collins, II
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000099
Alexander & Baldwin, LLC v. Armitage  
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000667

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated in part the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) to the extent it affirmed the circuit court's judgment as to the "Reinstated Hawaiian Nation," vacated the circuit court's final…

State v. Dulan
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000697
State v. Blyenburg
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000714
Prudential Locations, LLC v. Gagnon  
Date: April 1, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000890

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the enforceability of a non-compete agreement the Supreme Court vacated the intermediate court of appeals' judgment on appeal and the circuit court's final order in favor of Lorna Gagnon with…

Prudential Locations, LLC v. Gagnon
Date: March 31, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000890
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Fiddler
Date: March 30, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000069
U.S. Bank National Association v. Olivas
Date: March 23, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000726
State v. Hirata
Date: March 23, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000689
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Fiddler
Date: March 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCAD-22-0000069
In re: Hawaii Fire Fighters Association
Date: March 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000827
State v. Keanaaina  
Date: March 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000898

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirming the judgment of the circuit court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence, holding that the police officers' actions…

State v. Freeman
Date: March 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000460
Vianez v. Circuit Court of the First Circuit
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000123
Burgess v. Kuhlmann
Date: March 17, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000106
State v. Ikeda
Date: March 17, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000590
Hicks v. The 2021 Hawai'i Reapportionment Commission and Its Members
Date: March 16, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000078
Burgess v. Department of Human Services
Date: March 14, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-21-0000450
In re: Holmes, Jr.
Date: March 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000053
Colton v. Deweese
Date: March 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000094
State v. Newcomb, Jr.
Date: March 10, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000446
Peck v. Nakkim
Date: March 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000122
In re: LC, AC, IC, and DG
Date: March 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000728
In re: Maui Electric Company, Limited
Date: March 4, 2022
Docket Number: SCOT-21-0000041
Waipio Valley Artworks L.L.C. v. Roth
Date: March 4, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000089
In re: Maui Electric Company, Limited
Date: March 3, 2022
Docket Number: SCOT-21-0000041
Carmichael v. Board of Land & Natural Resources  
Date: March 3, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000071

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the authority of the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) to issue revocable permits is subject to the environmental review requirements of the Hawai'i Environmental Policy Act (HEPA),…

In re Maui Electric Company, Ltd.  
Date: March 2, 2022
Docket Number: SCOT-21-0000041

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approving a power purchase agreement (PPA) between Maui Electric Company, Limited (MECO) and Paeahu Solar LLC (Paeahu), holding that the…

Hammond v. State
Date: March 1, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000059
Joseph v. Antonio
Date: February 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000062
Crofford v. Adachi  
Date: February 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000365

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that marital agreements that consider fault or misconduct when dividing the marital property are not enforceable. The parties in this case entered in a postnuptial agreement that if Husband…

In re: Holmes, Jr.
Date: February 24, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000053
State v. Vaden
Date: February 24, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000481
Keep the North Shore Country v. Board of Land & Natural Resources  
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: SCAP-19-0000449

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Keep the North Shore Country's (KNSC) appeal from the decision of the Board of Land and Natural Resources approving Applicant's habitat conservation…

Prudential Locations, LLC v. Gagnon  
Date: February 17, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000890

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning two restrictive clauses within a non-compete agreement the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the entry of summary judgment in favor of Lorna Gagnon, a former employee of…

Liu v. Department of Health
Date: February 16, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000419
Yamano v. Navaja
Date: February 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000356
State v. Valenciano
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-21-0000647
State v. Satoafaiga  
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000067

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) to the extent it affirmed the denial of Defendant's motion for a deferred acceptance of no contest (DANC) plea, holding that the circuit…

State v. Young
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000524
In re: The Application of Hawai'i Electric Light Company, Inc.
Date: February 4, 2022
Docket Number: SCOT-22-0000024
Rapozo v. State
Date: February 4, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000022
Liu v. Department of Health
Date: February 3, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-19-0000419
DL v CL
Date: January 28, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-18-0000704
In re: Judiciaryâ€s Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Date: January 27, 2022
Docket Number: SCMF-20-0000152
In re: Office of Information Practices Opinion Letter No. F19-04.
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000470
In re: AB and BB
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-20-0000717
In re: Matsuda
Date: January 20, 2022
Docket Number: SCPR-22-0000007
Burgess v. Department of Human Services
Date: January 20, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-21-0000450
JB v. LK
Date: January 20, 2022
Docket Number: SCPW-22-0000003
State v. Tartamella
Date: January 12, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-19-0000779
Carvalho v. AIG Hawaii Insurance Co.  
Date: January 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-16-0000167

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) in this dispute regarding payment of uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits to…

Moranz v. Harbor Mall, LLC  
Date: January 11, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-17-0000006

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Supreme Court clarified the proper timing of Alvarado calculations, which determines the reimbursement due the insurer from a third-party settlement, and the reimbursement process for an insurer when…

WH v. AH
Date: January 7, 2022
Docket Number: SCWC-21-0000029
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