Hawaii News

Big Island dispensary gets green light to grow medical marijuana

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health has signaled a green light for a medical marijuana dispensary to start growing on the Big Island. Hawaiian Ethos is the seventh dispensary to open a production center in the state, and the first on the Big Island. Eight dispensaries ...

Honolulu equips first group of officers with body cameras

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department has issued its first set of body-worn cameras to 35 officers. Officers who work day shifts in downtown Honolulu were outfitted with the body cameras Monday, Hawaii News Now reported . The department plans to roll out dozens more every month ...

Hawaii accountant sentenced for stealing $7M from nonprofit

HONOLULU (AP) — A former accountant convicted of stealing nearly $7 million from an Oahu nonprofit organization was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Lola Jean Amorin was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest in June to 18 criminal charges, including first-degree theft, computer ...

WWII POWs buried as unknowns in Hawaii get memorial marker

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Nancy Kragh grew up without her father, who was among 400 prisoners of war killed when a ship taking them from the Philippines to Japan was bombed. On Wednesday, she and other family members of prisoners on that ship dedicated a ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Unruly passenger brings flight back HONOLULU — Officials say a flight from Maui to San Francisco was diverted to Honolulu because of an unruly passenger. Hawaii News Now reports Hawaiian Airlines Flight 42 departed from the Kahului Airport on Saturday afternoon ...

Jail gaffe prompts inmate release restriction

HILO (AP) — A recent blunder that resulted in an accused murderer being erroneously released has prompted a new restriction for Hawaii Community Correctional Center inmate releases. Deputy Attorney General Laura Maeshiro, representing the state Department of Public Safety, said Thursday ...

Prohibited emails to telescope case judge prompts notice

HONOLULU (AP) — A member of the Hawaii board that approved a controversial giant telescope improperly contacted a state Supreme Court justice weighing the fate of the project. Justice Michael Wilson filed a notice saying he didn’t read emails he received from Sam Gon last month. The ...

Judge rules against 3rd trial for U.S. agent in fatal shooting

Derrick Watson’s ruling directs state prosecutors to dismiss the case By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. State Department agent who shot and killed a man in a Hawaii fast-food restaurant cannot be tried a third time, a U.S. judge ruled ...

Big Island to request $550M for volcano disaster recovery

HILO (AP) — Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is planning to ask the state Legislature for $550 million for disaster recovery following the effects of the Kilauea volcano eruption. Kim said he discussed a conceptual plan with Gov. David Ige last week, and Hawaii County officials are preparing a ...

Medley of Democrats compete for Hawaii U.S. House seat

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The seat representing Honolulu in Congress is open for anyone’s taking, as the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, runs for governor instead of re-election. Seven candidates are seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in ...

Missile alert plays a key role in race for governor

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige wants voters to look at his four years of accomplishments, including his handling of the Big Island’s erupting volcano, as reasons to give him a second term. But U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, his main opponent in ...

Big Island grapples with lava, hurricane as election nears

By AUDREY McAVOY and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — As Hawaii island readies for its primary elections on Saturday, voters are grappling with an erupting volcano and Hurricane Hector. Elections are challenging times for candidates even in the best of ...

Big Island readies as Hurricane Hector approaches

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii emergency officials who have been contending with Kilauea volcano’s lava flow were preparing for a hurricane that was expected to pass to the south of the islands this week. Hurricane preparations were underway just as lava from the last active eruption site in a ...

Chicago chain faces backlash over ‘Aloha Poke’ trademark

HONOLULU (AP) — A Chicago-based chain that trademarked “Aloha Poke” has faced backlash with calls for boycott after sending cease-and-desist letters to businesses with similar names, including the Aloha Poke Shop in Honolulu. The letters sent on behalf of Aloha Poke Co. demanded ...

Identification work begins on Korean War remains now in the United States

By AUDREY McAVOY and KIM YONG-HO The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. military is beginning the painstaking process of analyzing remains from the Korean War now that they are back on American soil after having been handed over by North Korea last week. Vice President Mike Pence ...

Scientists say first sighting of dolphin hybrid is no ‘wholphin’

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don’t call it a “wholphin,” they say. The melon-headed whale is one of the ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press ROTC cadets found after getting lost HONOLULU — Two visiting Army ROTC cadets were rescued after spending the night lost in a jungle warfare course in Wahiawa. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Army’s 25th Infantry Division spokesman, Lt. Col. Curt ...

Big Island bus thief gets 5 years in prison

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii man accused of stealing two Big Island mass transit buses and taking them on joyrides was sentenced to five years in prison. Kawelo Nakamura, 22, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest in May to charges that included theft, reckless endangering, criminal ...

Honolulu hotel undergoes redesign to attract millennials

Neon set to meet nature at redesigned hotel in Waikiki HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu boutique hotel completed a $4 million redesign that aims to attract millennials by giving them backdrops for selfies. The 135-room Shoreline Hotel Waikiki revealed last week its new “neon meets nature” ...