Hawaii News

Governor rejects proposed tax agreement with Airbnb

Ige’s rejection effectively pushes issue back to the state Legislature HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige rejected a proposed agreement with Airbnb that would have authorized the company to collect vacation rental taxes on behalf of the state. Ige’s rejection effectively pushes the ...

Lawmakers question if states or feds should issue missile alert

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU  — Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled. The state was slow to contain the situation, waiting 23 minutes ...

State lawmakers want to boost housing, prevent false alarms

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers opened a new session of the state Legislature on Wednesday with vows to tackle the housing crisis and homelessness. They also pledged to make sure the state never again experiences a false alarm missile alert like last ...

FEMA: State didn’t need approval to retract missile alert

By AUDREY McAVOY and CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the state of Hawaii didn’t need federal approval to retract a cellphone alert mistakenly sent over the weekend warning of a ballistic missile attack. Hawaii has had the authority ...

State hospital escapee enters not-guilty plea

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who escaped from a psychiatric hospital and flew to California will stay behind bars instead of going back to the facility where he was sent after being acquitted by reason of insanity for a woman’s 1979 killing, his ...

Missile-alert error reveals uncertainty of how to react

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and BRIAN MELLEY The Associated Press HONOLULU — When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn’t know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground ...

AP reporter recounts moments after false missile alert

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — It was a beautiful Hawaii morning: nice breeze, blue skies, birds chirping. Then terror struck. We were up early, my daughter and I, because this Saturday morning was her first day of ice skating lessons, a day we had been talking about and ...

Missile-alert mistake feeds doubts about a real emergency threat

State agency changes protocols to require two people to send an alert and makes canceling easier too By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and BRIAN MELLEY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A blunder that caused more than a million people across the state to fear that they were about to be struck by a ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Stabbing kills man on cargo ship HONOLULU — Authorities have opened a second-degree murder investigation after a man was killed at Honolulu Harbor. The man died after he was stabbed in the chest on an oil tanker. Honolulu police say a 911 call reporting the ...

Man who escaped state psychiatric hospital had fake IDs, phones, cash

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who escaped from a state psychiatric hospital and flew to California was caught with two high-quality fake IDs, two cellphones and more than $6,000 in cash, according to court documents. Randall Saito’s escape from ...

Siblings: Death of ‘Peter Boy’ could’ve been prevented

Lawsuit against the state and Kema Jr.’s parents claims the boy’s death was preventable HILO (AP) — Peter Kema Jr.’s siblings filed a lawsuit against the state and Kema Jr.’s parents, claiming the boy’s death in 1997 was preventable. The suit was filed Wednesday by attorney ...

Escaped psychiatric patient Saito is returned to Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. marshals say they’ve brought a man who escaped from a state psychiatric hospital back to the islands from California. Randall Saito faces escape charges stemming from his unauthorized departure from Hawaii State Hospital in November. The agency said in a statement ...

Mariota doing a bit of everything for Titans

By TERESA M. WALKER The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan says he kind of blacked out. Everyone who stayed on the Tennessee sideline went crazy, celebrating. As a group of teammates mobbed him, quarterback Marcus Mariota simply stood and looked back at ...

Hanabusa backs homeless safe zones; says Ige lacks vision

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on Monday launched her campaign for governor by criticizing the incumbent for a lack of leadership and saying the state should consider establishing safe zones for homeless people. “At the highest level of state ...

Chin to resign March 15

Attorney general to focus on campaign HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin on Sunday announced that he will step down to focus on his congressional campaign. The Democrat said he would resign effective March 15. Chin declared his candidacy for the seat representing urban ...

Escaped patient awaits extradition from California

HONOLULU (AP) — A man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to the U.S. Mainland remains in California while authorities work on his extradition. Hawaii attorney general’s office spokeswoman Dana Viola says Randall Saito is still expected to be extradited back to Hawaii ...

Officials looking for Big Island folks to adopt feral donkeys

HILO (AP) — Officials are seeking homes for some of the few remaining feral donkeys that once roamed the western side of the Big Island. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports successful adoption drives during the past few years have reduced the feral donkey population that once numbered in the ...

Man admits lying for ex-chief’s wife

Katherine Kealoha managed the trust for Ransen Taito and his sister By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man acknowledged in court Friday that a deputy Honolulu prosecutor who controlled his childhood trust fund convinced him to lie to a grand jury about what ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press A third of families don’t earn enough HONOLULU — Nearly one-third of Hawaii families don’t meet self-sufficiency income levels, according to a state report. A family of four needs to bring in nearly $78,000 on Oahu to be self-sufficient — or able to cover ...

Sex assault victim sues ex-officer, state

HILO (AP) — A woman who was sexually assaulted two years ago by an on-duty land enforcement officer filed a lawsuit against the former officer and the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The woman said the state never should have hired 41-year-old Ethan Ferguson, who previously had ...