Hawaii News

Honolulu commits $44M in city funds for rail project

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials will allow $44 million from the city’s general fund to be used to finance the 20-mile rail project. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Honolulu City Council approved measures Tuesday that were needed to meet the demands of the Federal Transit ...

Running mate says Republican candidate blocked her from debate

HONOLULU (AP) — The Republican candidate for Hawaii governor deliberately failed to tell her running mate that she had been invited to a televised debate, the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor said. Marissa Kerns failed to attend the debate Monday while state Sen. Josh Green, the ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Seabirds tagged to track activities LIHUE — Officials have tagged nine Newell’s shearwater chicks on Kauai, aiming to gain insight into what happens when the young seabirds leave the island for the ocean. The Garden Island reports officials with the Kauai Endangered ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Manslaughter trial for dentist begins HONOLULU — The trial has begun for a former dentist on Oahu accused of manslaughter in the death of a 3-year-old patient. Hawaii News Now reports Finley Boyle stopped breathing after being sedated during a December 2013 ...

Turtle Bay Resort prepares for planned expansion

HONOLULU (AP) — Turtle Bay Resort has slated a $52 million exterior hotel and landscape renovation to begin next year, the first phase of a large redevelopment plan. The resort on Oahu’s North Shore was recently acquired for about $330 million by Blackstone Group, which is gearing up for an ...

Hawaii plans to build veterans home on former sugar mill site

HONOLULU (AP) — The state is seeking to build a $70 million veterans home on part of the former Aiea Sugar Mill site owned by Honolulu, prompting criticism from community leaders. The state Office of Veterans’ Services announced the plan earlier this month to construct the 120-bed facility ...

Kamehameha Schools pays $65M to sex abuse victims

HONOLULU (AP) — A private school system in Hawaii has paid $65 million to 32 people who sued the institution for sexual abuse by a psychiatric consultant decades ago. The payment Kamehameha Schools made this week is part of the $80 million settlement reached in February after the group of ...

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reports ‘on par’ visitation

HILO (AP) — About 2,000 people have visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park each day since it partially reopened last month, park officials said. Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said the visitation last month was “about on par” with September 2017, a typically slower month for tourism ...

Injuries reported in Marianas after Super Typhoon Yutu hits

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Super Typhoon Yutu crossed over the U.S. commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands early today as the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane, making it the strongest storm to hit any part of the U.S. this year, the ...

Hawaii bonsai tree stolen after owner aised it for decades

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii police are trying to find a rare bonsai tree that was stolen from a nursery owner who says he spent 56 years caring for it. The tree was taken in September from David Fukumoto’s nursery in the Big Island community of Mountain View, he said. Fukumoto began growing the ...

Trial delayed against ex-police chief, ex-prosecutor wife

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. judge said the medical records of a former Honolulu prosecutor convinced him that a trial against her and her retired police chief husband must be delayed. U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi said he reviewed Katherine ...

Probe: Fire that killed officer’s wife and daughter accident

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Fire Department says a blaze that killed a 33-year-old mother and her 9-month-old daughter last week was caused by leaked propane vapor, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports. Capt. Scot Seguirant tells the newspaper Sunday that the propane vapor was ignited by an ...

Hawaii councilor withdraws ‘sentient’ animals initiative

HILO (AP) — A Big Island councilwoman introduced a resolution this week to recognize animals as “sentient beings,” but quickly withdrew it because of a lack of support. Puna councilwoman Eileen O’Hara says she wanted to “set the tone” for how the county deals with animal welfare, ...

Wearable pacemaker developer, Hawaii resident, dies at 94

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Earl Bakken, an electronics repairman who created the first wearable external pacemaker and co-founded one of the world’s largest medical device companies, Medtronic, has died. He was 94. Bakken, who also commercialized the first implantable pacemaker in 1960, died Sunday ...

Puna photographer hopes her eruption pictures help others

HILO (AP) — A Big Island photographer who lost her home in Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption hopes her photographs can help others affected by the disaster. Melissa Schelling had planned an October photography exhibit in Hilo called “Year of the Dog,” a personal project where she would ...

Big Island officials reject property tax relief measure

HILO (AP) — Big Island officials rejected a proposal that would have sought tax relief for commercial properties in the communities of Pahoa and Volcano. The Hawaii County Council voted 7-1 Wednesday against the resolution requesting the county administration to impose the minimum tax rate ...

Health officials declare end of mumps outbreak in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — The statewide outbreak of mumps has ended, Hawaii health officials said. More than 1,000 people were identified with mumps since the outbreak began in March 2017, stemming from two clusters of cases involving nine people on Oahu, the state Department of Health said ...

Settlement reached for hepatitis A lawsuit

HONOLULU (AP) — A preliminary settlement of up to $4.5 million has been reached in a class-action lawsuit for people exposed to hepatitis A but not sickened during a Hawaii outbreak in 2016. Seattle attorney Bill Marler announced the settlement Friday. A claim form must be submitted by ...

Part-time Kauai resident to pay $40K for nene killings

LIHUE (AP) — A part-time Kauai resident must pay more than $40,000 in fines for shooting and killing four of Hawaii’s endangered state birds with pellet gun. Kauai prosecutors say an investigation by state and U.S. agencies showed that 72-year-old Steven Cookson shot four Hawaiian geese ...

Honolulu police video shows officer shooting man with blade

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department is releasing video footage of an officer shooting and killing a blade-wielding man. Clips released Friday are from cameras worn by two of the six officers who responded to a report of a man threatening someone with a machete last week. Police ...