Kahahawai Murder Defendants Found Guilty
A local jury, with six haole's, found the defendants guilty of manslaughter. The crime carried a mandatory sentence of 10 years' hard labor.
There was intense pressure from the president's cabinet, Congress, the military, and the local establishment to pardon the convicted defendants; after all they argued, it was an honor killing and justified.
Joe Kahahawai's Killers Walk Free
Governor Judd, the Territorial governor, commuted their sentences to one hour, spent in his office. The convicted defendants, Thalia Massie and Clarence Darrow left Hawaii within days.
The murder of Joe Kahahawai has been called, “Hawaii’s first lynching.” The killers were allowed to walk free because they were white and well connected.