HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

185

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 
   


HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND THE COUNTY OF HAWAII TO BRING RESOLUTION AND CLOSURE TO THE "PETER BOY" KEMA CASE.

 

 

WHEREAS, Peter Kema, Jr., also known as "Peter Boy", has not been seen by his relatives since February 1997; and

WHEREAS, Peter Boy was allegedly given by his father, Peter Kema, Sr. to an old family friend named "Auntie Rose Makuakane" (Makuakane) during a trip to Oahu in August 1997; and

WHEREAS, no one can be found who has seen Peter Boy since that time; and

WHEREAS, police have been unable to prove the existence of Makuakane, and the case is being actively investigated as a missing person's case; and

WHEREAS, while Peter Boy's parents have maintained that they have never harmed the child, the boy's three siblings, who have been placed in foster custody, have provided a disturbing portrait of alleged abuse, including allegations that Peter Boy was starved, forced to sleep outside, driven around in the locked trunk of the family car, and sometimes handcuffed to his bed; and

WHEREAS, despite reports of abuse, Peter Boy was still allowed by the Department of Human Services to remain with his family; and

WHEREAS, despite investigation by the Hawaii County Police Department, there has been no apparent progress in the case, and the whereabouts of Peter Boy are still unknown with his body not discovered; and

WHEREAS, the interests of justice and confidence in our system of child protection begs resolution of the mystery of Peter Boy's fate and a closure to his case; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, the Senate concurring, that the Department of Human Services and the County of Hawaii are requested to provide closure and resolution to the case of "Peter Boy" Kema; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Human Services, with the assistance of Na Keiki Law Center and the Hawaii County Police Department, is requested to submit a report of any findings about the case to the Legislature at least twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2003; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Human Services, the Mayor of the County of Hawaii, the Prosecuting Attorney of Hawaii County, the Chief of the Hawaii County Police Department, the Director of Na Keiki Law Center, and the Director of the Center for Missing Children.

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

DHS; Peter Kema, Jr.