September 10, 2018

A circuit court judge ruled Monday 92-year-old Hawaiian heiress Abigail Kawananakoa does not have the mental capacity to amend her $215 million trust.

Legal battles concerning control of her fortune have been ongoing for months. Members of Kawananakoa’s foundation were concerned her wish to gift $100 million to Native Hawaiian organizations was in jeopardy after friends sensed her wife influenced a move to switch out a trustee that managed the trust.

The Kawananakoa’s wanted their long time attorney Jim Wright, now estranged to be removed and replaced with other parties which included her wife.

The presiding judge removed Wright but replaced him with entity, First Hawaiian Bank. Foundation members were overjoyed after the ruling commenting the judges stance was, ‘pono’ and protects Kawananakoa. 

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September 6, 2018

Greedy and not pono. Words members of Princess Abigail Kawananakoa's charity foundation are using to describe the heiress' wife Gail Worth. 

A court ordered evaluation found Kawananakoa lacks sufficient mental capacity at 92.

The group says her wife is fighting for control of Kawananakoa's trust, which is suspected of going against her original wishes of gifting $100 million to benefit Hawaiian culture and arts. 

"She's a very strong person and when she makes a commitment she lives by it. But this is not her what they're trying to do is not her," Oz Stender, board member, Abigail Kawananakoa Foundation, said. 

Friends say some of Kawananakoa's closest companions have been denied access to even speak with her.  

"To me that's a form of abuse. It really is. She's been treated like a caged animal and she's not," Antoinette "Toni" Lee, president, Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, said. 

Foundation board member Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa says crucial documents remain sealed and is asking the court reveal them. 

"You cannot have money taken care of well if there's not transparency. The minute it starts to get head and that's when people start doing bad things and take money that they're not supposed to have," Kame'eleihiwa said. 

Kawananakoa's wife's intentions were also questioned earlier this year. Longtime staff say Worth fired them after they alleged she abused the princess. When their jobs were offered back to them, they refused. 

"They were concerned about their physical well-being they were concerned that they might be drugged. They were concerned that they might be set up and accused of doing something that they didn't do," Megan Kau, attorney for Kawananakoa's former servants, said. 

A hearing concerning the heiress's fortune is set for 10 a.m. Monday at Circuit Court.

Island News reached out to the Kawananakoa's, their attorney said the couple is unable to comment pending litigation.