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Native Hawaiian heiress faces court test to control millions

FILE - In the Sept. 10, 2018, file photo, Abigail Kawananakoa, right, and her wife, Veronica Gail Worth, appear in state court in Honolulu. A court hearing is scheduled Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 in a request for a guardian and conservator to manage the affairs of the 93-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress, who's considered a princess and has a $215-million trust that's tied up in a years-long legal battle because she suffered a stroke. It's not clear if the judge will set a date to hear arguments and consider evidence at another hearing or make a ruling Friday. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, File)

HONOLULU — A judge says a 93-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress doesn’t need a guardian to take care of her but is ordering a hearing to determine whether she needs a conservator to manage her $215 million trust.

Abigail Kawananakoa’s wealth has been tied up in a legal battle since her 2017 stroke.

She’s considered a princess because she’s a descendant of the family that ruled Hawaii before the kingdom’s 1893 overthrow.

Board members of her foundation and ex-employees say her wife is manipulating her. Lawyers for the couple dispute that.

Native Hawaiians have been watching the case because they’re concerned about the fate of the foundation she set up to benefit Hawaiians.

The couple’s lawyers said Friday that Kawananakoa should be able to do what she wants with her money.

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, The Associated Press