Lawsuit Names Kumu Hula

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.

 Chinky Mahoe

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.


Published by Bob Jones

Journalist since age 19. St. Petersburg Times, Noticias y Viajes in Madrid, Overseas Weekly in Frankfurt and Paris, the Louisville Courier- Journal, the Honolulu Advertiser, KGMB-TV, NBC News foreign correspondent in Africa and Southeast Asia, and MidWeek columnist. LL.B LaSalle University Law. 3 years in the U.S. Air Force. Covered: Biafran War in Nigeria (1968) Vietnam War (1969-73), Iraq in 1991. George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished journalism for reporting in China. 2 Emmys for documentaries. Married to journalist Denby Fawcett; one daughter. Brett Jones, foreign service officer, State Department.

2 replies on “Lawsuit Names Kumu Hula”

  1. Why is this being brought up again (now) when it was already addressed in the 90s? Chinky was found guilty and got consequences. . .why is this an issue now (again)?

    1. The earlier case was a criminal trial in an earlier case investigated by police.
      This is a civil lawsuit seeking damages. I’m unsure if these involve two different boys.
      One of my judiciary informants says this is ANOTHER case that wasn’t known about at the time of Chinky’s arrest.

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