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Man charged with murder of woman found in dumpster

By Sarah Zoellick

LAST UPDATED: 01:22 p.m. HST, Nov 09, 2013

Police on Friday charged 46-year-old Joseph M. Kahawai with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found in a Waikiki trash bin last week.

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

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

Police classified the case as an unattended death until Thursday when it became a second-degree murder investigation. According to police records, Kahawai was then arrested in connection with the alleged crime and charged Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Police have not explained what led them to reclassify the case or to suspect Kahawai. He remains in police custody unable to post $1 million bail.

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Pocho wrote:
He's looks to be a troubled man.
on November 9,2013 | 11:03AM
Anonymous wrote:
He is a troubled man. He was just arrested and charged with murder.
on November 9,2013 | 12:26PM
Pocho wrote:
I mean, it looks like he's always in that mood. Even prior
on November 9,2013 | 12:51PM
waianaetransplant wrote:
more than troubled he threw her away like a piece of trash my condolences go out to the ohana of the victim
on November 9,2013 | 12:31PM
allie wrote:
on November 9,2013 | 01:15PM
allie wrote:
The Hilo dudes will be screaming this is another Hawaiian in prison. Well, don't murder people and don't go to jail.
on November 9,2013 | 01:15PM
Grimbold wrote:
.. allie, and they complain that Hawaiian gets sentenced to longer prison terms than others. Blacks also complain about the same thing. The reason for their longer prison terms for both of those groups is: They on average not only commit proportionately much more crimes but because of that they also have already longer police records - and therefore get longer sentences.
on November 9,2013 | 01:26PM
allie wrote:
agree! spot-on. Odd that the SA won't simply say what the stATS reveal. Nobody wants Hawaiians in prison unless they (or anyone) is a threat to society. This man above has no person to blame but himself!
on November 9,2013 | 03:26PM
joseph007 wrote:
funny, some people think only Hawaii is a safe place. this moke is out on "bail" now.
on November 10,2013 | 07:36AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Hang 'em high in China.
on November 9,2013 | 03:22PM
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