Man arrested in Janine Meyer homicideUPDATED 7:05 PM HST Nov 08, 2013Video Transcript
in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found in a Waikiki dumpster. KITV4's Justin Fujioka joins us now with the LATEST developments... Justin? Paula, in addition to the arrest of 46-year-old Joseph Kahawai... today, the medical examiner ruled the woman's death a homicide. The family of Janine Meyer is preparing for her funeral this weekend ... remembering a woman they say was always willing to give. Merrit Caldeira: "I MEAN IT'S HARD. YOU KNOW I SEE PICTURES OF US TOGETHER AND I, YOU KNOW, I GET A LITTLE WEEPY." Her family says ... as a child, she wanted to be a model and loved to dance hula. In her teens, she smoked marijuana she didn't know was laced with P-C-P... and that changed her life, but not who she was. Merrit Caldeira: "THROUGH THE LAST 38 YEARS, WE HAVE SEEM GLIMPSES OF HER, YOU KNOW, JUST MOMENTS. YOU SEE MOMENTS OF WHO SHE WAS, YOU KNOW?" Her sister says Meyer was constantly on medication after being diagnosed with manic- depressive schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. A condition they say left her living on the streets. She says it was at the mental health shelter Safe Haven where Meyer met Kahawai. Merrit Caldeira: "I LOVE MY SISTER AND I JUST, I LOVE PEOPLE AND I FEEL BAD FOR HIM, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE HE HAS TO LIVE WITH THIS." Olinda Amtsberg: "IT HURTS ME TO KNOW HOW SHE, WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. SHE SUFFERED." An end to a life they say was full of suffering... still, she was always giving. Merrit Caldeira: "SHE WOULD BE LIVING ON THE STREETS, SHE WOULD HAVE 50 CENTS IN HER POCKET. YOU KNOW, IF SHE SAW SOMEBODY THAT NEEDED SOMETHING, SHE WOULD PULL THAT 50 CENTS OUT AND GIVE IT AWAY." The family says tomorrow's funeral at Kalama Beach Club is open to the public. After that they'll spread her ashes at Pounders... one of her favorite spots. Live in the newsroom, Justin Fujioka, KITV4 News.