Hawaii News

Audit finds Hawaii’s recycle program susceptible to fraud

HONOLULU (AP) — A state audit says Hawaii’s redemption and recycling program is susceptible to fraud because it relies on distributors and redemption centers to self-report. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the audit released Tuesday found that officials have not addressed flaws in the ...

UH-Hilo expects enrollment growth, shooting for 3,500 students in fall

HILO (AP) — Officials at the University of Hawaii at Hilo expect freshman enrollment to increase this fall after seeing growth in the number of student applicants and acceptances. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Big Island university is in its second year of a five-year contract with ...

Hawaii eyes tourism jump from Japan’s longer ‘Golden Week’

HONOLULU (AP) — The tourism industry in Hawaii is anticipating a boost from a stretch of Japanese holidays known as “Golden Week” that has been extended this year. The four national holidays typically held over seven days are a popular time for Japanese tourists to visit Hawaii, the ...

Cancer diagnosis delays Kealohas’ corruption trial

HONOLULU — A trial for a former Honolulu prosecutor, her now-retired police chief husband and officers accused of framing her uncle to try to mask her financial schemes has been moved back so she can get cancer treatment. Katherine Kealoha’s doctor talked to a judge during a court hearing ...

Owner of geothermal plant, damaged by lava, planning to restart this year

HILO (AP) — The owner of a Hawaii geothermal plant that had to close during last year’s eruption of Kilauea volcano plans to bring the plant back online by the end of the year. Ormat Technologies CEO Isaac Angel made the statement in company financial results released last week, the Hawaii ...

Haena park parking and boardwalk ready

HAENA, Kauai (AP) — State officials say Haena State Park on Kauai has a new boardwalk and freshly paved parking lot. But visitors won’t get to use them until flood-damaged Kuhio Highway reopens and road access is restored. That could happen by end of next month. The Garden Island ...

Study: More sharks bite people in Hawaii, but risk is minuscule

HONOLULU (AP) — The rate of shark bites in Hawaii has been increasing slightly in recent years, but the risk remains extremely low — roughly 5-in-1 million — according to new research. Recently published research that looked at 55 years of global data showed shark bites around the ...

USD: ‘Hawaiian Day’ party, lei determined inappropriate

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — A student organization at the University of South Dakota has been told that holding a “Hawaiian Day” party violates the school’s policy on inclusiveness. So, the Student Bar Association has renamed its winter social event “Beach Day.” And even though the ...

Survey shows increase in people living on Oahu streets

HONOLULU (AP) — Preliminary figures show the number of people living on the streets of Oahu has increased by 12 percent over the last year. The Point in Time Count conducted in late January recorded 2,401 unsheltered homeless people on the island, increasing from the 2,145 counted a year ...

Big Island residents raise cost concern for sewer connection

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Some Big Island residents are asking how they will be able to afford sewer systems connections after large-capacity cesspools are shut down. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Hawaii County is planning to build wastewater treatment plants in Naalehu by 2022 and Pahala by ...

Potential juror yells ‘He is guilty,’ spends night in jail

HONOLULU (AP) — A man called for jury duty in Hawaii shouted “He is guilty! He is guilty!” outside a courtroom and ended up spending a night in jail, lawyers said. The lawyer representing Jacob Maldonado said his client had a bad day when he made the outburst Tuesday. “He was trying to ...

Repairs to USS Arizona Memorial dock delayed

HONOLULU (AP) — The planned reopening of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor that had been set for the end of March has been delayed. The National Park Service suspended access to one of Hawaii’s most popular sites in early May after damage was found on the floating dock where visitors ...

Passengers injured in lava tour file suit

HILO (AP) — A group of sightseers injured by a “lava bomb” during a boat tour in Hawaii have filed a lawsuit. The suit was filed on the Big Island against Lava Ocean Tours Inc. and captain Shane Turpin, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported on Feb. 26. Authorities said 23 people were injured in ...

Honolulu ex-deputy prosecutor found mentally fit for trial, records show

HONOLULU — A former Honolulu deputy prosecutor underwent a mental competency evaluation and was found fit to stand trial for corruption-related charges, according to recently unsealed court documents. Katherine Kealoha’s defense attorney said in a previously sealed filing that her client ...

State/In Brief

Fines for rescued trespassers mulled HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are considering legislation that would impose fines on trespassing hikers who require rescue. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the bill introduced by Democratic state Sen. Mike Gabbard would require public safety agencies ...

Scientists measure thickness of Kilauea lava flows; new land reaches 919 feet

HILO (AP) — Scientists measuring the thickness of Kilauea volcano’s newest lava flows have said molten rock added as much as 180 feet of lava to parts of the Big Island last year. New land created in the ocean reaches as high as 919 feet. The U.S. Geological Survey released the data last ...

Hawaii County preps for ban on polystyrene food containers

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Island’s ban on polystyrene — or Styrofoam — food containers goes into effect in less than five months. The Hawaii County Council on Tuesday got an update on an educational program from Recycling Coordinator George Hayducsko, who outlined a schedule to ...

Pali Highway traffic to be affected following landslide

HONOLULU (AP) — Traffic on the Pali Highway bound for Honolulu will be diverted into the Kailua-bound lanes after large debris and concrete fell onto the highway during multiple landslides, Hawaii transportation officials said. State Department of Transportation officials said the road will ...

Car sales are down in Hawaii and expected to drop more

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii consumers are buying fewer new vehicles, a recent report said. New-vehicle registrations declined 4.4 percent in 2018, and sales are projected to soften even further this year, according to a quarterly study by Hawaii Auto Outlook. The 2018 car sales drop marked ...

Intensifying tropical storm is bearing down on Pacific islands

By CALEB JONES and GRACE GARCES BORDALLO The Associated Press HAGATNA, Guam — An intensifying tropical storm in the Pacific is bearing down on Micronesia and could threaten the U.S. territory of Guam in the coming days. The U.S. National Weather Service in Guam reports typhoon warnings ...