The Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu is Keith M. Kaneshiro. Kaneshiro has identified elder abuse, drugs, domestic violence, sex assault, animal cruelty and computer-based crimes as priorities for his office.
Kaneshiro has a long history in Hawaii’s criminal justice system, having served for more than 30 years as a deputy prosecutor, deputy attorney general, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney and state Director of Public Safety.
Kaneshiro is a strong advocate of victims’ rights. When he first became city prosecutor, he established specialized units dedicated to sex assault and domestic violence cases. Since returning to office, he has doubled the size of the Elder Abuse Unit, which prosecutes crimes against senior citizens, established a courthouse dog program to help child abuse victims testify in criminal trials, and laid the groundwork for the Honolulu Family Justice Center, which provides long-term transitional housing for the victims of domestic violence.