FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2003
NEWS RELEASE FROM CITY CORPORATION COUNSEL
The City and County of Honolulu today announced that a settlement of HPD Detective Kenneth Kamakana’s pending civil lawsuit against the City has been reached.
The settlement was negotiated directly between the City’s insurance company and Kamakana’s attorneys under a clause in the City’s insurance contract which gives the insurance company the right to control monetary settlement decisions on City cases covered by its policy. The decision to settle the case was an economic one, based in large measure on the litigation expenses the insurance company was paying to defend this lawsuit and prepare for trial. The settlement provides for payment by the insurance company of the sum of $650,000 to Plaintiff and his attorneys to cover a portion of Kamakana’s costs and attorneys’ fees. The insurance carrier will be paying the entire settlement amount with no City funds contributed.
Under the terms of the settlement, there is no admission of any fault or liability on the part of the City, the Chief of Police, or any of the defendants. The settlement agreement calls for the immediate dismissal, with prejudice, of the City & County of Honolulu, including the Honolulu Police Department. The case against Chief Donohue and Milton Olmos in their individual capacities was voluntarily dismissed with prejudice on June 20, 2003.