Hawaii News

Parents seek head lice rule changes in schools

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii elementary school’s Parent Teacher Association has asked the state to take a closer look at its head lice policy in public schools. The parents at Salt Lake Elementary School have drafted a resolution for the state departments of Health and Education to consider, ...

More illegal campers arrested

LIHUE (AP) — Authorities have made more arrests of people accused of illegally camping on Kauai. The Department of Land and Natural Resources arrested 11 people as of Thursday after 17 people were taken into custody in mid-May, Hawaii News Now reported Thursday. More than 200 illegal ...

Conspiracy, lying charges dropped from fireworks trial

HONOLULU (AP) — Two charges are being dismissed against a man whose company is accused of mishandling fireworks involved in a deadly Hawaii explosion. A judge on Friday acquitted Charles Donaldson of a count alleging he lied about completely destroying fireworks the government seized. U.S. ...

Passenger: Airline was warned about disruptive man

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Before a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu took off carrying a passenger whose inflight behavior prompted bomb-threat procedures and military fighter jets to escort the plane, passengers complained to American Airlines workers ...

State sues carmakers over air bags

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is suing auto manufacturers Ford, Nissan and Toyota over air bags that can spew shrapnel when they deploy. The complaint filed Wednesday says the manufacturers knew or should have known for more than a decade that air bags installed in their cars posed serious and ...

Hawaii physicians urge governor to ban pesticide

LIHUE (AP) — Kauai health care professionals have urged Gov. David Ige to ban a chemical from agricultural use in Hawaii. Seventeen physicians and psychologists have come together to send the governor a request to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, The Garden Island reported Monday. Dr. Lee ...

Hawaii-bound flight took off with disruptive passenger despite red flags

Passenger had no checked luggage or carry-ons, other than his laptop; appeared drunk By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Anil Uskanli, who authorities say inspired so much fear among flight attendants that military fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane to ...

Report: Man detained on plane just wanted first-class seat

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s official news agency said that the FBI has detained a Turkish man who attempted to sit in first class on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu on Friday. The Anadolu news agency reported Sunday that 25-year-old Anil Tuvanc Uskanli bought an ...

Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor is buried in Mich.

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — The remains of a Michigan sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor have been buried with military honors in the family’s cemetery plot in Port Huron. MLive.com reports that more than 300 people attended Saturday’s funeral services for Fred M. Jones after ...

Native Hawaiians stake claim to hotel property

LIHUE (AP) — A judge has decided not to forcibly remove a couple of Native Hawaiian men from an abandoned hotel property on the island of Kauai. The two men have staked their claim to the property that they say is theirs through royal patent. The men claim they own the land as descendants ...

Disturbance on L.A.-to-Hawaii flight brings FBI, fighter jets

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and MICHAEL BALSAMO The Associated Press HONOLULU — Two U.S. fighter jets were summoned Friday to escort a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii after an unruly man was subdued by passengers and flight attendants, who used a drink cart to block him from the front of ...

Reality TV star won’t help pick police chief

HONOLULU (AP) — The wife of a bounty hunter reality TV star won’t have a role in helping select the next chief of the Honolulu Police Department. That’s because the police commission is scrapping plans for a citizen panel that would have helped evaluate candidates vying to replace Louis ...

Army identifies soldier killed in training accident

HONOLULU (AP) — Army officials have identified the soldier who died when the military truck in which he was riding crashed during training. The Army said Tuesday it’s investigating the Sunday crash that killed Sgt. Terrence Hinton. Police say the truck driven by a 20-year-old soldier went ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Mumps cases number reaches 30 HONOLULU — Three more mumps infections have been reported, bringing this year’s total confirmed cases in Hawaii to 30 as of Friday. Officials said that the latest reports are from the Job Corps Center in Waimanalo, Oahu. Health officials ...

Federal judges ask if travel ban is biased against Muslims

By GENE JOHNSON The Associated Press SEATTLE — Federal judges Monday peppered a lawyer for President Donald Trump with questions about whether the administration’s travel ban discriminates against Muslims and zeroed in on the president’s campaign statements, the second time in a week ...

Detained Japanese tourist alleges discrimination

HONOLULU (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says a deaf Japanese tourist was illegally denied a sign-language interpreter while she was detained and interrogated at Honolulu International Airport. The ACLU said Thursday it filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. ...

Graffiti found at Mauna Kea

State investigates vandalism on revered mountain .By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding out who painted graffiti on rocks within a protected area on one of the state’s most revered mountains. The vandalized ...

Big Island losing war with invasive plant

HILO (AP) — Hawaii officials have lost the war against an invasive South American plant, officials said. The Hawaii Invasive Species Council has deemed the miconia as Hawaii’s worst invasive weed, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported last week. By the time officials knew about miconia, it ...

Demolition to begin at 1960s hotel

A STEM educational complex will follow KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A 1960s Hawaii hotel is scheduled for soft demolition next week. Contractors will begin interior demolition on the old Keauhou Beach Hotel early next week, West Hawaii Today reported. They will gut the interior by removing wood, ...

Mumps, rat lungworm cases increase

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed four more people have mumps in the state, which brings this year’s total to 20 people. In addition, one more person has been confirmed to have rat lungworm, which brings the disease total to 14 people. The state said there are ...