Judge appoints bank trustee for Hawaiian heiress' millions

Published 09-10-2018

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HONOLULU (AP) - A judge has ruled that a 92-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress doesn't have sufficient mental capacity to manage her $215-million trust.

The judge is appointing First Hawaiian Bank to serve as her trustee and is removing the attorney who stepped in as trustee after she suffered a stroke last year.

Many Native Hawaiians consider Abigail Kawananakoa a princess because she's a descendant of the family that ruled Hawaii before the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom. Her riches come from being the great-granddaughter of one of Hawaii's largest landowners.

Judge Robert Browning says it was an important decision because she is a revered woman who has dedicated her life and money to helping Native Hawaiians.

Browning is denying Kawananakoa's request to name three trustees, including her wife.

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