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Woman found in Waikiki dumpster killed by asphyxiation

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:36 a.m. HST, Nov 09, 2013

A woman whose body was found in a Waikiki trash bin last week died of asphyxiation and was the victim of a homicide, a city medical examiner said Friday morning.

Dr. Masahiko Kobayashi, deputy medical examiner, said that 51-year-old Janine U. Meyer died of asphyxiation due to various causes.

Honolulu police, meanwhile, are still holding a man at Honolulu Police Department headquarters in connection with Meyer's death.

Joseph M. Kahawai, 42, has been in police custody and appeared in court on a separate case Thursday before being arrested on suspicion of murder in the afternoon, police said.

Meyer's body was found on the morning of Oct. 29 in a trash bin near the Hawaiian Colony apartments off Ala Moana Boulevard.

Police originally classified the incident as an unattended death but reclassified the case to a murder investigation Thursday.

HPD has not explained what led them to reclassify the case or suspect Kahawai.

Kahawai was in Honolulu District Court on Monday in connection with a terroristic threatening case involving someone else.

According to a court filing, on Oct. 20, Kahawai threatened bodily harm to another man. He was arrested at a Waipahu address Monday afternoon and subsequently charged with second-degree terroristic threatening in that case. 

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Bdpapa wrote:
And released without bail?
on November 8,2013 | 08:54AM
allie wrote:
this guy keeps getting released? why?
on November 8,2013 | 10:00AM
Grimbold wrote:
allie , he may have a lot of relations here, that's why.
on November 8,2013 | 12:53PM
ponowai wrote:
When was he released? He's been in custody since Monday.
on November 8,2013 | 05:56PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
SA, read your title to the article. WOMEN.
on November 8,2013 | 10:27AM
itsok wrote:
on November 8,2013 | 08:18PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Given that he is being held on another case, I would wonder how many other convictions he has on his docket. We need to keep these violent criminals behind bars. The victim may still be alive had this criminal been kept behind bars. We need laws that enhance penalties after so many convictions.
on November 8,2013 | 10:40AM
Grimbold wrote:
All criminals should be unmasked. Criminal record of anybody with a felony conviction should be accessible on the internet to the public. The heck with privacy laws protecting them. This guy looks mean.
on November 8,2013 | 12:51PM
purigorota wrote:
The headline doesn't match the picture.
on November 8,2013 | 12:18PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
That should read WOMAN and not women.
on November 8,2013 | 12:45PM
bumba wrote:
He's just one chromosome away from being a silverback.
on November 8,2013 | 04:09PM
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