Hawaii News

Hawaiian Airlines pilots ratify contract

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines pilots have ratified a new five-year contract that includes immediate pay raises of 20 to 45 percent. The Air Line Pilots Association said Friday that the contract will cover 665 pilots. The size of the pay raises will depend on a pilot’s years of service ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Travel ban judge is target of threats HONOLULU — The FBI says authorities are aware that the federal judge in Hawaii who ruled against President Donald Trump’s travel ban has received threatening messages. FBI spokeswoman Michele Ernst said Thursday the agency is ...

State sweeps through homeless camps in Diamond Head State Monument

HONOLULU (AP) — Law enforcement agents have cleared dozens of homeless camps in Diamond Head State Monument and issued citations to seven people who refused to leave despite weeks of warnings. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources conducted the sweep along the volcanic crater ...

Honolulu diocese reaches settlement in priest sex case

HILO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu has settled a lawsuit alleging a retired Big Island priest sexually abused two boys decades ago, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs. Oahu Attorney Mark Gallagher said the settlement of the 2013 lawsuit only concerns the diocese and ...

Lawmakers kill death with dignity bill

HONOLULU (AP) — A bill to give terminally ill Hawaii residents medical help to end their lives has died. The House Committee on Health decided not to advance the proposal Thursday. Democratic Committee Chairwoman Della Au Bellati says the issue has divided the community. Some lawmakers say ...

State committees pass new versions of vacation rental bills

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii legislative committees have passed new versions of bills addressing vacation rentals. Lawmakers have been keen to devise ways to make sure vacation rental operators are paying transient accommodation taxes just like hotels. This has ...

State extends contract for telescope hearings officer

HILO (AP) — The state has extended its contract with a retired Hilo Circuit Court judge to oversee the contested-case proceedings for the Thirty Meter Telescope. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that hearings officer Riki May Amano’s contract had been set to expire June 30 but will be ...

Ex-HPD officer indicted in child sex assault case

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Honolulu police officer has been accused a sexually assaulting a child over a four-year period. Teddy Van Lerberghe turned himself in to police on March 16 and posted $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in state Circuit Court today on first-degree and ...

Republican resigns from party after criticizing Trump

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaii lawmaker who says she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Donald Trump resigned Wednesday from the Republican Party. Rep. Beth Fukumoto said members of the GOP refused to ...

Activists push for new rules on chaining dogs

HILO (AP) — Animal rights activists are calling on Hawaii lawmakers to strengthen the state’s dog tethering regulations. The activists are supporting legislation that would create an animal cruelty charge for chaining a dog for more than 24 hours on a tie shorter than 10 feet. It would ...

Request to clarify order halting travel ban rejected

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge Sunday rejected the U.S. government’s request to clarify his temporary order blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said that nothing was unclear about his order and that the government can’t ask for a ...

Lake atop Mauna Kea nearly full since 2014

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Rain and snow have kept the alpine lake atop Mauna Kea full or nearly full for more than two years. West Hawaii Today reports that the robust lake comes only three years after officials found it shrinking quickly due to a dry spell. In fall 2013, Lake Waiau, normally 1.7 ...

U.S. asks Hawaii judge to clarify ruling on Trump travel ban

Feds contend ruling shouldn’t apply to freeze on refugees HONOLULU (AP) — The government is asking a federal judge to clarify his order blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, arguing it shouldn’t apply to a global freeze on refugees entering the United States. A Justice ...

Ride-hailing app Uber launches on Big Island

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Getting around the Big Island just got easier as ride-hailing app Uber launched in Kailua-Kona and Hilo this week. Uber went live Friday across the island, West Hawaii Today reported. The smartphone app launched on Kauai last week and has been on Maui and Oahu since ...

No-contest plea in albatross deaths

HONOLULU (AP) — A 19-year-old college student pleaded no contest Thursday in a case involving seabirds killed at a Hawaii nature reserve. Christian Gutierrez pleaded no contest to animal cruelty, theft and other charges. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss 14 remaining counts. The ...

Historic theater on Big Island faces demolition

Residents trying to save facility that needs new roof, other repairs for a total cost of $150K HILO (AP) — Residents on the southern part of the Big Island are trying to save an old theater that used to host live performances before it was left to sit vacant for more than a decade. The ...

Hawaii federal judge puts Trump travel ban on hold

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson rejected idea that the ban is about national security, not discrimination By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and GENE JOHNSON The Associated Press HONOLULU — For the second time, a federal court on Wednesday blocked President Donald Trump’s efforts to freeze ...

Hawaiian Airlines starts new service from Lihue to Kona

LIHUE (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines has started a new nonstop flight service from the Big Island to Kauai. The inaugural flight between Kailua-Kona and Lihue took off Sunday. It’s the first time Hawaiian Airlines passengers have had a nonstop option between the two cities. “I bought a ticket ...

Galera drops bid for state superintendent

HONOLULU (AP) — A retired public school principal has withdrawn his application for state superintendent amid complaints that he had an advantage as a former Board of Education member and friend of Gov. David Ige. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Darrel Galera announced Monday that ...

U.S. attorney for Hawaii retires

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. attorney for Hawaii has retired after the Justice Department asked her and other prosecutors held over from the President Barack Obama’s administration to step down. A news release Monday said that U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni’s retirement went into effect ...