Hawaii News

Hawaii County preps for ban on polystyrene food containers

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Island’s ban on polystyrene — or Styrofoam — food containers goes into effect in less than five months. The Hawaii County Council on Tuesday got an update on an educational program from Recycling Coordinator George Hayducsko, who outlined a schedule to ...

Pali Highway traffic to be affected following landslide

HONOLULU (AP) — Traffic on the Pali Highway bound for Honolulu will be diverted into the Kailua-bound lanes after large debris and concrete fell onto the highway during multiple landslides, Hawaii transportation officials said. State Department of Transportation officials said the road will ...

Car sales are down in Hawaii and expected to drop more

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii consumers are buying fewer new vehicles, a recent report said. New-vehicle registrations declined 4.4 percent in 2018, and sales are projected to soften even further this year, according to a quarterly study by Hawaii Auto Outlook. The 2018 car sales drop marked ...

Intensifying tropical storm is bearing down on Pacific islands

By CALEB JONES and GRACE GARCES BORDALLO The Associated Press HAGATNA, Guam — An intensifying tropical storm in the Pacific is bearing down on Micronesia and could threaten the U.S. territory of Guam in the coming days. The U.S. National Weather Service in Guam reports typhoon warnings ...

Bills aim to create housing vouchers for Hawaii teachers

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two proposed bills are intended at creating a housing voucher program for full-time teachers employed by the Hawaii Department of Education or at public charter schools. The bills would authorize the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. to implement the housing ...

Not guilty plea in crash that killed 3 Honolulu pedestrians

HONOLULU (AP) — A suspected drunken driver police say plowed into a crowded Honolulu intersection and killed three pedestrians is pleading not guilty to manslaughter. Alins Sumang was arraigned in court Tuesday via video from jail, where he’s being held on $1 million bail. Trial is ...

Mainlanders moving to Hawaii add to homelessness

HONOLULU (AP) — A new report from a homeless service provider says the number of people travelling to Oahu and then becoming homeless is growing. Hawaii News Now reported Friday that the Institute for Human Services says 209 people from across the Mainland showed up at one of its shelters ...

16 states sue Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump ...

KS ex-band director sentenced for assault

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu judge has sentenced a former assistant band director at Kamehameha Schools to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student. Circuit Court Judge Faauuga Tootoo on Friday sentenced James Maeda for 10 counts of second-degree sex assault and one ...

2 Oahu men contract rare, potentially lethal infection

HONOLULU (AP) — Two people who were diagnosed with a rare and potentially lethal type of leptospirosis on Oahu were hospitalized after their organs began shutting down. Dr. Scott Miscovich, a family medicine physician in Kaneohe, said he was alarmed after treating both men for Weil’s ...

Kauai officials sue vacation home owners for fines

LIHUE (AP) — Kauai officials are suing the owners of a vacation home, claiming they are violating county zoning ordinances for using the property as a short-term rental. The Kauai County Planning Department filed the lawsuit last week, seeking to compel Greg and Joanne Allen to pay ...

Southwest mulls Las Vegas flights

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The chief executive of Southwest Airlines says the Dallas-based carrier is considering adding nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Hawaii. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly says launching flights to Hawaii from four California cities is the airline’s priority this year, but ...

Businessman gathers signatures to oust Honolulu prosecutor

Yoshimura is out getting names the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Honolulu businessman is gathering signatures from voters in his quest to impeach the city’s prosecuting attorney. Tracy Yoshimura said he is ...

Winter wind causes damage to observatories

HILO (AP) — Strong winds from a winter storm caused minor damage to at least two observatories on Hawaii’s tallest peak, officials said. The Big Island summit of Mauna Kea recorded wind gusts of 191 mph late Sunday, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. The winds blew open the front ...

Hawaii health officials confirm two rat lungworm disease cases

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health says two new cases of rat lungworm disease have been confirmed. Health officials say an adult vacationing on the northern side of the Big Island contracted the disease in December, marking the state’s ninth case of 2018. The person was ...

World’s oldest known wild bird hatches chick on Midway Atoll

HONOLULU (AP) — The oldest known wild bird in the world has become a mother again at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. wildlife officials said. The Laysan albatross named Wisdom hatched a chick earlier this month at the remote atoll northwest of Hawaii, the Honolulu ...

Oahu shopping mall adopts Hawaiian language name

HONOLULU (AP) — Buildings at a shopping mall on Oahu have been renamed in the Hawaiian language amid a growing trend of Hawaii businesses adopting Hawaiian names. The Pearlridge Shopping Center has adopted the name Wai Makai for its complex formerly known as Downtown after more than 20 ...

Ex-prosecutor and brother hit with drug charges in Hawaii

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses a former Honolulu city prosecutor of dealing opioids with her physician brother and using her position to cover up their crimes. Katherine Kealoha, the wife of ...

Bankruptcy filings jump 40 percent

HILO (AP) — The number of bankruptcy filings in Hawaii increased by more than 40 percent to 149 cases last month, marking the highest level for January in seven years, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records. Last year’s 1,490 bankruptcy cases brought an end to the state’s ...

Study: Number of legal guns in state unknown

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii does not have an accurate count of legally owned and registered guns, and there is no reliable way to find out how many are in the state, according to a state study. The Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau study shows an average of 32 percent of all murders in the ...