Hawaii News

State Supreme Court to hear arguments on giant telescope

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether to approve a building permit for a telescope on Mauna Kea, the grand volcano on Hawaii island. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the high court will listen to oral arguments Thursday on the Thirty Meter Telescope, ...

Past volcanic eruptions provide lessons

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Lava pouring out of Kilauea volcano burned down Mary Dressler’s home and her town 28 years ago. Now, watching creeping lobes of molten rock slowly wipe out entire neighborhoods over the past month, she has been transported back to those ...

Hawaii’s mayor has relapse of pneumonia

HILO (AP) — Big Island Mayor Harry Kim has had a relapse of pneumonia. A statement released by Hawaii County says an ambulance took Kim to Hilo Medical Center’s emergency room Friday. He’s been released and is resting at home. Managing Director Wil Okabe says he’s acting mayor ...

Hawaii’s seed industry loses value

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s agricultural seed industry dropped in value by 19 percent during the 2017-18 season, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report indicated. But shipments of seeds out of the state are projected to increase by 67 percent to 12.7 million pounds in the season ending this ...

Trump approves financial aid for Hawaii lava damage

HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved federal disaster aid for residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged because of the Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii. Gov. David Ige says Trump approved the request for individual assistance on Thursday. Ige says qualifying residents ...

Police: Changes made after evidence compromised

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Procedural changes were made after case evidence from police storage lockers was compromised by animals, according to Hawaii police. Hawaii County police attribute the loss of DNA evidence in two separate high-profile 2016 criminal cases to rodents. The items — a ...

‘Stable’ lava flow allows some volcano evacuees to go home

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Officials on Hawaii’s Big Island let some people back into their homes and scaled down emergency operations Monday as lava flowed into the ocean on a path that wasn’t threatening new areas. “We’ve pretty much thrown ...

No damage reported from quake triggered by minor volcano explosion

HONOLULU (AP) — A small explosion on the summit of Kilauea volcano has triggered an earthquake but there are no reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 5.2 earthquake happened around 4:50 a.m. Saturday on the Big Island and felt as far as Hilo. Scientists at the ...

First Hawaiian monk seal pup of the season born on Kauai

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The first monk seal pup born in Hawaii this year is a female. The pup has already been weaned and is learning to forage for her own food on the south side of Kauai, The Garden Island reported Thursday. Jamie Thompton, Kauai marine mammal response coordinator for the ...

Officials continue repairing USS Arizona Memorial

HONOLULU — The National Park Service is working as fast as possible to reopen access to the USS Arizona Memorial after cracks were discovered last month on the floating concrete pier near the metal access ramp, officials said. Visitors to the memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu are taken ...

Alaska Natives, Hawaiians find similarities in cultures

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Just a few steps into the woods, everything changes. On the rocky beach at Berners Bay, clumps of seaweed dried in the sun as people chatted and the engine from the catamaran was still audible. But stepping into the quiet, cool shade of the spruce trees was like ...

Evaluation ordered for man charged in mother’s death

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii man charged with stabbing his mother to death while she was working at a bank on Kauai last month has pleaded not guilty. Louis Landsman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Charlene Landsman, 69, the Garden Island reported . The ...

Affordable housing bill hailed as ‘momentous step forward’

Measure provides $570M to develop 25,000 affordable units by 2030 The Maui News Gov. David Ige signed into law Friday a bill to provide $570 million to generate more than 25,000 affordable housing units statewide by 2030. An announcement of the bill signing from the state House of ...

Scientists reap data from Hawaii’s rumbling Kilauea volcano

By SOPHIA YAN and MALCOLM RITTER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano may be disrupting life in paradise with its bursts of ash and bright-orange lava, but it also has scientists wide-eyed, eager to advance what’s known about volcanoes. The good news is: ...

Data breach lawsuit filed against Hawaii’s Zippy’s eateries

HONOLULU (AP) — Two people have filed a class-action lawsuit against Hawaii restaurant chain Zippy’s. Zippy’s alerted its customers April 27 that it experienced a data breach at all of its 25 restaurant, Napoleon’s Bakery, Kahala Sushi and Pearl City Sushi locations. It also said ...

Accountant pleads no contest to stealing $7M

HONOLULU (AP) — A former accountant accused of stealing nearly $7 million from an Oahu nonprofit organization has pleaded no contest to the charges. Lola Jean Amorin entered her no-contest plea Wednesday to 18 criminal charges, including first-degree theft, computer fraud, money laundering ...

Hawaii lava evacuee recounts neighborhood shooting

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A woman who evacuated her Hawaii home because of the erupting Kilauea volcano said Thursday she filmed an angry neighbor shooting at a man near a lava flow. Patty Jones told The Associated Press she started recording cellphone ...

Ride-hailing price cap approved

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Honolulu leaders approved a measure Wednesday to limit prices that ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can charge during peak demand, a cap that the companies say would be the first restriction of its kind in the United ...

Lava swallows up Big Isle neighborhood

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — A neighborhood called Vacationland on the Big Island had disappeared by Wednesday as lava poured into two oceanfront subdivisions, smothering hundreds of homes and filling an ocean bay, turning it into new land that now juts into the ...

Kilauea lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds more homes overnight, overtaking two oceanfront communities where residents were advised to evacuate last week, officials said Tuesday. No injuries were reported as most ...