Hawaii News

Trump’s Honolulu stop before Asia costs city nearly $141,000

HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Honolulu with first lady Melania Trump cost the city $140,776. KHON2-TV reports that the couple arrived Nov. 3 and spent less than 24 hours on the island before departing for Asia. Various city departments worked with the U.S. ...

Turkish man gets time served for disrupting flight

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Turkish man who said that a hallucination about a butterfly caused him to disrupt a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu won’t receive additional jail time under terms of his sentence handed down Monday. Anil Uskanli was ...

Saito surprised escape worked

By TERENCE CHEA and AUDREY MCAVOY, The Associated Press FRENCH CAMP, Calif. — A man who acknowledges killing a woman nearly 40 years ago said Friday that he is surprised he was able to walk out of a psychiatric hospital on Oahu and make it to California before being captured. Randall ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Hawaiian Air CEO to retire in March HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines said Thursday that CEO Mark Dunkerley will retire in March and be replaced by the airline’s chief commercial officer, Peter Ingram. Ingram, 51, joined Hawaiian as chief financial officer in ...

Appeals court allows partial enforcement of Trump travel ban

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and GENE JOHNSON The Associated Press SEATTLE — On the same day a federal appeals court allowed part of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to take effect, advocacy groups filed a new lawsuit Monday challenging the administration’s related efforts to restrict ...

Experts say Republican tax plan would hit Hawaii taxpayers hard

HONOLULU (AP) — Experts say that the Republicans’ proposed changes to the federal tax code do not bode well for many Hawaii taxpayers. Lawmakers are considering reducing or even abolishing deductions that are particularly important to Hawaii tax filers. Proposed limits on the mortgage ...

Ige names preferred jail location

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige has announced that the preferred location for Oahu’s new jail is a site in Halawa Valley where the state Department of Agriculture’s Animal Quarantine Facility is located. Ige said that the site was one of four finalists and was selected to build a jail ...

OHA sues over Mauna Kea management

HONOLULU (AP) — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has filed a lawsuit against the State of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii, claiming longstanding mismanagement of the state’s tallest peak. The lawsuit filed Tuesday asks the court to order the state to fulfill its trust obligations ...

Former AP, UPI Hawaii bureau chief dies at age 82

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Gordon Sakamoto, one of the first Asian-Americans hired to work in a U.S. bureau of an international news service, died Wednesday at 82. Sakamoto, a former Hawaii bureau chief for The Associated Press, started his journalism career ...

Hawaii sand listings removed by eBay

HILO (AP) — Online auction and sales company eBay has removed multiple listings of sand said to be taken from Hawaii beaches. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Saturday that it asked the company about the listings before they were taken down. Among them was a listing claiming to have sand ...

Man sentenced for statue vandalism on Halloween

HONOLULU (AP) — The 19-year-old accused of spray painting the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole statue in Honolulu’s Waikiki neighborhood on Halloween pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for time served and four hours of community service. Police say Andrew ...

Trump visits Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona memorial

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, The Associated Press JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Oahu — President Donald Trump paid a solemn visit Friday to Pearl Harbor and its memorial to the USS Arizona, a hallowed place he said he had read about, discussed and studied but had never visited until just before ...

Gov. Ige, Airbnb in talks over private tax deal

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige’s administration and Airbnb Inc. are in talks over a private tax agreement that would have the vacation rental company collect taxes from its hosts and then send the money to the state. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that Airbnb officials say ...

Officers plead not guilty in Oahu corruption case

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Honolulu police lieutenant, an officer and a retired major pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges alleging they helped former Chief Louis Kealoha and his deputy prosecutor wife frame a man. Officer Minh Hung “Bobby” Nguyen ...

State’s only public hyperbaric treatment center remains closed

KAIULA-KONA (AP) — Hawaii’s only means of treatment for divers with decompression sickness is remaining closed through November. The University of Hawaii at Manoa announced Oct. 20 that its public hyperbaric treatment center is closed due to “unforeseen circumstances,” West Hawaii ...

Telescope permit decision appealed to high court

HONOLULU (AP) — Opponents of a giant telescope planned for a Big Island mountain are appealing the state land board’s approval of the project’s construction permit. Richard Wurdeman, an attorney representing some of the opponents, filed a notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court on ...

Utah man accused of killing girlfriend, boy arrested in Hawaii

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man killed his girlfriend and her 3-year-old son, then wrapped their bodies in sheets and dumped them in a remote part of the state before they were reported missing two years ago, prosecutors said in charges unsealed ...

3 schools to begin serving more fresh, local food

HILO (AP) — Three Hawaii schools are beginning to serve fresh local food as part of a new program that aims to gradually incorporate more fresh and locally produced food into school meals. Keaau High School, Kalanianaole Elementary School and Keaukaha Elementary School on the Big Island are ...

Two rescued at sea arrive in Japan

By KEN MORITSUGU The Associated Press WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Japan — A U.S. Navy ship carrying two sailors it rescued from their storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific docked today at an American naval base in Japan. Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were standing with the USS ...