Thank you for the additional information.
The elements of a cause of action for libel and defamation
under Hawaii law are: (1) a false and defamatory statement concerning another; (2) an unprivileged publication to a third party; (3) fault amounting at least to negligence on the part of the publisher [actual malice where the plaintiff is a public figure]; and (4) either actionability of the statement irrespective of special harm or the existence of special harm caused by the publication. Gold v. Harrison
, 88 Hawaii 94, 100, 962 P.2d 353, 359 (1998).
You would be suing the person who made the initial allegation that you're a member of a gang. Those who made the statement that you were under investigation were making true statements, so their statements would not be considered libel, but rather would be the result or harm caused by the initial false statement.
To answer you initial question, yes this would be a slander or defamation case. The difficulty you will face is discovering who made the initial false allegation and then if you do, there is the chance that they do not have any assets for you to collect damages.
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