Monday, April 15, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Family Court Secrets: Two Years After Ariel Sellers Murder, Kaluas Still Retain Parental Rights
By Selected News Articles @ 1:45 PM :: 2313 Views :: Family, Judiciary

Family Court Secrets: Two Years After Ariel Sellers Murder, Kaluas Still Retain Parental Rights

Editor’s Note: On February 21, 2024, Senior family Court Judge Matthew J Viola is set to hear arguments: Murder of Ariel Sellers: Motion to Unseal Kalua Family Court Records

by Stephen W Lane

I was the court appointed Special Master in the Kalua case. 

(Isaac and Lehua) Kalua still retain their parental rights of all the children who were in their care, years after their arrest for murdering one of them. 

I know that, because they were able to secure a order through their attorney from Judge Costa baring any contact between me and one of the surviving siblings just as I was about to secure admission for her to one of Hawaii's most distinguished private schools that offered special counselling services for her as part of the admission package.

As long the Kaluas are permitted to maintain their parental rights of these children it will seriously frustrate the efforts of those concerned with their safety and stability, such as the search for permanent "forever" foster or adoptive families and educational opportunities, to say nothing of the emotional harm to the children.

One of the surviving siblings was forced to spend more than a year in detained custody, not because she had done anything wrong but because the State of Hawaii was unable to secure a suitable foster family for her, largely due the running objections of the imprisoned Kaluas asserting their parental rights through counsel. 

Judge Jessi Hall, the family court judge who approved the placement of the children with the Kaluas suddenly recused herself in the case without explanation.

The case has now been assigned to Family Court Judge Brian Costa.

I can think of no defensible explanation as to why the State of Hawaii hasn't moved to terminate the parental rights of the Kaluas long ago.

---30---

Star-Adv: Couple accused of murder retain parental rights -- “Attorney Francis O’Brien, who specializes in family law, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he has been retained to represent Isaac Kalua in family court, and made clear he is not court-appointed, which means someone other than the state is paying O’Brien’s legal fees.”

RELATED:

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Moms for Liberty

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT