Hawaii kumu hula Chinky Mahoe, already under court order to not be alone with the boys in his halau, has just been hit with a sexual abuse lawsuit involving a boy who was in his dance troupe.
In spite of his past criminal conviction for sexual aggression, Mahoe has been welcomed back to the Merrie Monarch Festival and has been a regular presenter, getting heavy applause from the audience.
This civil lawsuit filed by attorneys Randall Rosenberg and Charles McKay is based on the 1998 alleged sexual abuse of a dance student identified only as Plaintiff N.O. It says he was a minor child at the time of the alleged abuse. He was a student and performer in Mahoe’s Halau Kawaili’ula.
This lawsuit apparently stems from Mahoe’s criminal conviction that same year for abusing unnamed boys he mentored.
The lawsuit says in the 1990s it was common for Mahoe to invite students to overnight at his Kailua house. It says the boys had tried on malos for fit, then took them off, except that Mahoe told N.O. to keep his on. It alleges that Mahoe sat next to N.O. and began massaging the boy’s penis. It says the abuse continued and that on a plane trip to California for competition, Mahoe played with N.O.’s penis under a blanket.
In 1998, Mahoe was convicted of sexual abuse of halau students and is currently a registered sex offender but has continued running his halau.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified money damages.