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“According to a legal record found on the web, in 1970, Wakinekona and a partner entered a local store to buy sashimi when the outing turned deadly. The shop owners were robbed and beaten, with one later dying of his injuries. Wakinekona and his partner were, “indicted for the crimes of first degree murder, first degree robbery (two counts) and aggravated assault.” Although he claims he was not part of the attempted robbery and/or the beating was unintentional, Wakinekona was given a life sentence for the murder. He felt he was framed by the other’s testimony and tried to fight his conviction, but lost.
While serving time in prison, Wakinekona was found to be a troublemaker, and officials sent him off-island to serve the rest of his sentence at Folson Prison, made famous by the man in black, Johnny Cash. Wakinekona was part of the first wave of Hawaiians shipped off to the mainland, thus breaking his family and cultural ties to Hawaii. He sued to remain in Hawaii, even having his case argued in the US Supreme Court, but eventually lost.
As I drove out to Waianae to meet Delbert Wakinekona and Lilian Harwood—his new wife who helped him get out of prison on a compassionate release due to his declining health—I was filled with the dread and anticipation of dealing with a man who might be maladjusted to the outside world. But the few hours I spent with Delbert Wakinekona helped me understand not just what life is like inside prison, but what prison does to a man…”