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Leila Fujimori

Leila Fujimori

Leila Fujimori is a reporter covering the courts beat for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.


She has been reporting professionally for more than 20 years beginning in October 1999 with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. She was retained by its new owner in 2001 and again when the newspaper merged into the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in 2010.


Earlier in her career, a Feb. 10, 2001 article titled, "I want to tell my parents I am alive," got national and international attention with the first interview of anyone who had been aboard the Ehime Maru. The New York Times used quotes she obtained from a 16-year-old student who survived the sinking of the Japanese fishing vessel by a U.S. Navy submarine, and gave a nod to the Star-Bulletin. The Toronto Star ran the story. Fujimori also shared a 2004 Society of Professional Journalists award with two colleagues for a breaking news story, "1 dead/Cop Shot."


Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, volunteering to protect native forests, beekeeping, farming, traveling, singing and spending time with her "dogter."
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Man who allegedly shot at girlfriend indicted

An Oahu grand jury indicted a 45-year-old Kapolei man on a charge of first-degree attempted murder, which carries a life sentence without the possibility of parole, and seven other charges for allegedly firing shots May 16 at his girlfriend and ramming her Jeep with his vehicle in Waimanalo. Read more

State to pay $750,000 in foster abuse case

The state has settled a Kona Circuit Court lawsuit for $750,000 with the biological parents of a 3-year-old Hawaii island boy who died eight years ago while under the temporary foster care of Chasity Alcosiba-McKenzie and her husband, Clifton McKenzie, at their Waimea home. Read more

Man accused of slaying roommate concludes testimony

Scott David DeAngelo, a 34-year-old mechanic on trial in the 2022 slaying of his 33-year-old roommate by stabbing him in the neck before setting fire to their rented Pearl City apartment and jumping from the burning fourth-floor unit, testified Tuesday and Wednesday before closing statements. Read more

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