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Surveillance video shows man tossing body into dumpster

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 02:48 p.m. HST, Nov 12, 2013

A Waikiki hotel surveillance footage caught a 46-year-old Waipahu man tossing the body of a woman into a dumpster and covering it with items found in the trash container, according to a police affidavit.

Joseph M. Kahawai on Friday was charged with second-degree murder of Janine Meyer, 51. He remains in police custody unable to post $1 million bail.

Dr. Masahiko Kobayashi, deputy medical examiner, said Meyer died of asphyxiation due to various causes. Meyer's body was discovered on the morning of Oct. 28 in a trash dumpster near the Hawaiian Colony apartments. Court documents said surveillance tapes show that on Oct. 27 Meyer and Kahawai entered nearby Island Hostel, 1946 Ala Moana Blvd.

Surveillance footage recorded the following morning shows Kahawai carrying Meyer's lifeless body and throwing it into the dumpster, according to the affidavit. Kahawai then climbed into the dumpster and covered the body with items in the trash bin, the police affidavit said.

According to the police statement, on Oct. 20, Meyer filed a terroristic threatening complaint against Kahawai in which she maintained that he had threatened to kill her if she refused to have sex with him. Kahawai was never arrested in connection with the complaint because police could not find him. A week later, Meyer was dead.

A witness told police that during morning hours on Oct. 27 he heard a woman screaming "please stop" from room 219 where Kahawai was registered. On Oct. 28, a man found Meyer's body while rummaging through the dumpster located near the hostel.

Also, Kahawai will be tried on Thursday in District Court on another misdemeanor charge of second-degree terroristic threatening. According to a court filing, Kahawai threatened bodily harm to a man at a homeless shelter.

Kahawai has an extensive criminal record, with the majority of his convictions for misdemeanor offenses. He has six felony convictions, ranging from unauthorized entries to theft and burglary. His last conviction was in 2008 for car theft and driving without a license.

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allie wrote:
scary. But he is a convicted felon many times just wandering around looking to commit another felony. Too many like that out here
on November 12,2013 | 01:21PM
Grimbold wrote:
He is not only mean but obviously more stupid then should be legal. He did not even dismember her and hide in several bags like a person with legal IQ would have done..
on November 12,2013 | 04:19PM
Eradication wrote:
Ignorant and insensitive comment.
on November 12,2013 | 05:58PM
kiragirl wrote:
I hope justice is served.
on November 12,2013 | 01:24PM
Skyler wrote:
When the majority of Hawaii's legislative body grows some collective hair & puts the DP on Hawaii's lawbooks, it will be.
on November 12,2013 | 09:33PM
50skane wrote:
That is the problem with our judicial and prison system, if you commit property crimes, ie; burglary, theft, forgery etc. then you are not considered to be a danger to others because you haven't tried to "hurt" anyone physically, but it is just a fine line between property crime and physically hurting someone while commiting those crimes. Our system is broken when someone who has a criminal record like this scum can walk around free. How many more persons have to die or get hurt before our judges and prison administrators get the idea.
on November 12,2013 | 01:41PM
waianaetransplant wrote:
I agree it's a fine line theft turns to robbery robbery to murder the judges seem to forget the people committing these acts (burglary theft, forgery ) are most times on drugs and are already one step away from becoming a violent felon
on November 12,2013 | 02:09PM
allie wrote:
on November 12,2013 | 03:24PM
waianaetransplant wrote:
my prayers go out to this poor woman and her ohana to often we make the killers famous and the victims go anonymously into history
on November 12,2013 | 02:03PM
allie wrote:
mine as well
on November 12,2013 | 03:25PM
jotobuddy123 wrote:
What a meathead. Hope he rots for a lonhg time to come.
on November 12,2013 | 02:16PM
allie wrote:
One can hope but the Paroling authority is fond of forgiveness for this type of criminal
on November 12,2013 | 03:25PM
paradiddle wrote:
Since prison overcrowding is a major (if not the main) reason there are so many convicted felons on the streets. The question begs to be asked...Why is there such a problem with overcrowding in our penal system? Too many criminals? Not enough prisons? A society too permissive with too many people with no moral fiber?
on November 12,2013 | 03:42PM
false wrote:
Look at the violence in gaming and movies and you have the decay or moral fiber.
on November 12,2013 | 09:31PM
Skyler wrote:
All of the above - and no death penalty - makes Hawaii the way she is.
on November 12,2013 | 09:36PM
1R1E wrote:
on November 12,2013 | 04:02PM
sailfish1 wrote:
This career criminal should have been in prison before this murder. He had SIX felony convictions in addition to many misdemeanor convictions. Hawaii courts need to give out more punishing sentences. Maybe a 3-strikes law is needed where a person with 3 felony convictions gets an automatic sentence of 25 years or more. It will be more, of course, for things like murder.
on November 12,2013 | 07:57PM
joseph007 wrote:
hey, we can 't send another Hawaiian to prison. there are too many there now. for Hawaiians we need 12 strikes and your on probation law.
on November 13,2013 | 08:08AM
none wrote:
A Hilo-based social welfare organization is inviting U.S. Attorney General Eric Hol­der to Hawaii to investigate why so many Native Hawaiians are in prison. Palikapu Dedman, president of Ohana Hoo­pa­kele, said, "I think maybe (the state) needs some federal attention or some interest from the feds to look into this problem." Does Dedman still need the Feds to look into the problem.
on November 12,2013 | 08:25PM
Skyler wrote:
I'm sure his mama will say what a good boy he is & he's just misunderstood.
on November 12,2013 | 09:36PM
joseph007 wrote:
I'm sure his lawyer will say it was the girl who killed herself and dragged her own body into the dumpster.
on November 13,2013 | 08:09AM
palolo2001 wrote:
Thank goodness for the video. Without it, the body of Janine in the dumpster would be an unsolved mystery.
on November 12,2013 | 08:38PM
Anonymous wrote:
I thought it was three strikes and your out, but this guy found a way to go up to bat again and amass 6 felony strikes.
on November 12,2013 | 09:25PM
false wrote:
He should be relieved of his male parts.
on November 12,2013 | 09:33PM
hikine wrote:
Yellow bellied woman abuser!
on November 12,2013 | 10:40PM
joseph007 wrote:
I think that's brown belly.....
on November 13,2013 | 08:10AM
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