[Update: I received word that within minutes of this post appearing this morning, KHON GM Kristina Lockwood emailed Steve Lane, special master for the Kema siblings, and said the video materials at issue will be returned to the family in Kona. It was an abrupt but very welcome turnaround for the station.]
The latest round of victimization for the surviving siblings of Peter Boy Kema appears to have come at the hands of Hawaii’s FOX affiliate, KHON2, according to emails between the station’s general manager and a court-appointed special master representing the Kema children, now all adults.
KHON has rejected a request from the Kema family to return video loaned to the station years ago following Peter Boy’s disappearance, saying they would not cooperate unless ordered by a court.
Steve Lane, a Honolulu private investigator with more than three decades experience now serving as special master, says the Kema siblings initially asked KHON to return “the original video material that the Kema family kindly loaned your station years ago of Peter Boy Kema-their only copies of such video- in their hopes that you might help them find their child.” He said the family hopes to use the video in a memorial service for Peter Boy currently being planned.
“We certainly understand that after so many years that it is difficult to locate the original tapes so all they are requesting at this time is a copy of whatever footage you took from the original tapes,” Lane wrote in an email to the station.
Instead of returning the video, the station requested an interview. When that request was turned down, the station responded by saying that the video would not be returned absent a court order specifically directing the video to be released.
“If you want our video, please get a court order specifically requesting this,” Kristina Lockwood, KHON vice-president and general manager, wrote in an email on Friday afternoon.
Lane fired back: “For you to now hold their personal property hostage to an interview or a court order is disgraceful.”
Lane says he hopes to file a subpoena for the material as early as tomorrow.