Hawaii News

Noisy volcano lava fissure prompts more evacuations

Another fissure opens up By CALEB JONES The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii  — A new fissure in Hawaii’s Puna District sent gases and lava exploding into the air on Sunday, spurring officials to call for more evacuations as residents waited for a possible major eruption at Kilauea ...

Volcano spawns another fissure

Sixteenth crack opens on Big Island By AUDREY McAVOY and JAE C. HONG The Associated Press VOLCANO, Hawaii — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano spawned a new lava fissure Saturday, emitting minor lava spatter less than a mile from a geothermal energy plant. The U.S. Geological Survey said ...

Officials discover Hawaii tree-killing disease on Kauai

HONOLULU (AP) — A disease that has killed trees on tens of thousands of acres on the Big Island has been detected on Kauai, Hawaii officials said. State officials announced Friday that a team of experts is investigating rapid ohia death on Kauai after it was found in the Moloaa Forest ...

Alaskans gets false tsunami alert

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Many Alaska residents were mistakenly warned on TV and on the radio Friday morning of a tsunami threat along the West Coast of the United States, from San Diego to Alaska’s Aleutian islands. The alert said at the end of a nearly two-minute long message that it was a ...

As lava still oozes, Hawaii officials say rest of island open

Local tourism officials are hoping travelers see the Big Island is ready to welcome them By AUDREY McAVOY and JAE C. HONG The Associated Press VOLCANO, Hawaii — Warnings that Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could shoot boulders and ash out of its summit crater are prompting people to ...

Lawsuit says Ala Moana mall officials knew about faulty rail

HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers who have filed a lawsuit against the parent company of the Ala Moana Center say mall officials were warned about a railing years before it gave way, killing a young man and leaving another with a traumatic brain injury. Nicholas Freitas died and his best friend Macroy ...

Waikiki Beach resort pledges to plant 100K native trees

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii resort is celebrating its grand opening with a pledge to plant 100,000 native trees on Oahu and the Big Island. The Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach made the pledge in partnership with the nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, the Star-Advertiser reported ...

Kilauea could spew boulders the size of refrigerators

By SOPHIA YAN and SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press PAHOA— If Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano blows its top in the coming days or weeks, as experts fear, it could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air, shutting down airline traffic and endangering lives in all ...

President Trump declares state a major disaster for Kauai and Oahu flooding

HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved the state’s request for a major disaster declaration for the floods, landslides and mudslides on Kauai and Oahu. Gov. David Ige requested the federal declaration May 2, following the April storms. Ige, a Democrat, said the approval ...

Scientists: Kilauea volcano may have explosive eruption

By SOPHIA YAN and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — Geologists warned Wednesday that Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit in the coming weeks. The risk will rise as lava drains from the summit ...

Lingering residents forced to evacuate as lava cracks spread

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — Edwin Montoya’s family carved their farm on the slopes of the Kilauea volcano out of “raw jungle,” transforming it into a fertile collection of gardens, animal pens and fruit trees. Now the property is imperiled by the very land it ...

Kilauea has oozed hot lava for decades

By SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Kilauea is not your typical blow-the-top-off kind of volcano. It’s been simmering and bubbling for about 35 years, sending superhot hot lava spewing up through cracks in the ground. This month’s eruptions are more of the same, except ...

Big Island offers affordable piece of paradise

But living on one of the world’s most active volcanoes comes with risks By CALEB JONES The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — The slopes of Kilauea offer a lush rural setting and affordable land that contrasts sharply with Hawaii’s more expensive real estate, but living on one of the ...

Threatened sea turtle found butchered

HILO (AP) — A green sea turtle with its two front flippers cut off has been found at a beach park on the Big Island. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the turtle was found dead Saturday at Onekahakaha County Beach Park. A couple reported the incident after finding the turtle ...

Officials: 26 homes, four other buildings destroyed by volcano

Over 240 people and 90 pets spent Saturday night in local shelters By CALEB JONES, JENNIFER PELTZ and SOPHIA YAN The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — The number of homes destroyed by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano jumped to 26 Sunday as scientists reported lava spewing more than 200 feet into ...

Big Island braces for long upheaval as Kilauea boils

Officials say eruption effects could continue for weeks or months By CALEB JONES and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — Hundreds of anxious residents on the Big Island hunkered down Saturday for what could be weeks or months of upheaval as the dangers from an erupting ...

Hawaiian to waive ticketing change fees to Big Island

The Maui News Hawaiian Airlines is waiving reservation change fees for passengers holding tickets for travel to and from Hilo and Kona through May 13 because of the Kilauea volcano eruption. Travelers will be permitted a one-time reservation change with a waiver of change fees if they ...

2 trials set for Honolulu police corruption case

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge is ordering that there be two trials for a former Honolulu police chief, his deputy prosecutor wife and current and former officers facing corruption-related charges. Judge J. Michael Seabright ruled Thursday that there will be one trial for allegations that ...

Hawaii volcano shoots lava into sky; evacuations ordered

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, sending lava shooting into the air in a residential neighborhood and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for nearby homes. Hawaii County said steam and lava poured out of a crack in Leilani ...

Heavy rains destroyed or severely damaged 115 Kauai, Oahu homes

By AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press HONOLULU — Last month’s record rains destroyed or did major damage to 115 homes on Kauai and Oahu islands, the state of Hawaii said Wednesday as it sought a disaster declaration from the president. The cost of emergency work and damage to public property ...