WAILUKU - A Lahaina woman was sentenced Tuesday to a 10-year prison term for her promotion and use of methamphetamine two years ago.
Leinaala Kauhi, 36, of Lahaina had pleaded guilty to second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug.
"I'm willing to accept my consequences," she told 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza. "It is what it is. I'm ready to take my consequences, so let's do this."
Kauhi, who was charged as Leinaala Uu, was arrested after police recovered 13 grams of methamphetamine on July 15, 2011, at her residence. Police also found an eighth of an ounce of the drug wrapped and in her pocket for sale, Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones said.
Kauhi faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for charges of first-degree attempted drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia. But those charges were dropped in a plea agreement in exchange for her guilty plea to the promotion of a dangerous drug charge.
Cardoza commended Kauhi for her willingness to accept responsibility.
In 2009, Kauhi was charged with third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. The following year, she was sentenced to 180 days in jail and five years' probation.
On Tuesday, Kauhi also was resentenced to concurrent five-year prison terms for third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia from the 2009 case.
Two months after her discharge from jail, she received treatment at the Po'ailani Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center, where she tested positive for drug use, Jones said.
Kauhi was reportedly violent, dishonest and exhibited bullying behavior at the center, she said.
"What was troubling is that she wasn't improving," said Jones, who had offered Kauhi the plea agreement recommending the 10-year prison term. "At this point, we had no choice.
"The police did an excellent job with their investigation in removing a drug dealer from our community," Jones said later, outside of court. "Big props to the cops."