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Abigail Kawananakoa asks court to amend trust, give $40M to wife

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Abigail Kawananakoa, right, and her wife Veronica Gail Worth, appear in state court in Honolulu on Sept. 10.

Court records show Abigail Kawananakoa has changed her trust to ensure that her wife receives $40 million and all her personal property, including her Chihuahua “Girlie Girl.”

In court papers filed this week, the 92-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress’s lawyers say she has amended her trust. They want a judge’s approval for the changes amid a court battle after she suffered a stroke. Kawananakoa is married to Veronica Gail Worth.

In September, a judge ruled Kawananakoa lacks mental capacity to manage her $215-million trust.

Kawananakoa is a Campbell Estate heir and a descendant of the family that ruled the islands before the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom.

She wants to create a new foundation that will benefit Hawaiians and exclude board members appointed by her former lawyer. The current foundation is asking a judge to appoint a guardian for Kawananakoa.

Correction: The headline on an earlier version of this story had an incorrect figure for the amount of money Kawananakoa’s wife would receive under the amended trust.
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