Hawaii News

Hawaii volcanoes park could reopen several areas soon

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on track to reopen several areas later this month after closing in May because of the Kilauea volcano eruption, park officials said. The National Park Service is planning to reopen several trails, roads and popular sites at the Big Island ...

Big Island landowner plans 940 new homes in Puna

HONOLULU (AP) — A Big Island landowner is planning to add about 940 homes to the Puna community of Keaau, an area in need of housing after lava flows destroyed hundreds of homes in neighboring areas. The state Office of Environmental Quality Control published a draft environmental assessment ...

Hawaii County needs as much as $800M for volcano recovery

HILO (AP) — Hawaii County officials say they need $800 million to recover from the Kilauea volcano disaster. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Managing Director Wil Okabe said last week that the county needs that amount to ensure the island’s long-term recovery from the recent eruption, ...

Emergency managers studied food supply before storm

FEMA, Ige worked to keep wholesale grocer pipeline open HONOLULU (AP) — Emergency managers studied the operations of Hawaii’s wholesale grocers in preparation for Hurricane Lane instead of just bringing food and water to the islands. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator ...

Couple found dead in Kauai home after standoff with police

LIHUE (AP) — A man and a woman were found dead inside a Kauai home following a standoff that began when the man called police reporting gunshots, police said. The 53-year-old man died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the 50-year-old woman died after being shot, the Kauai ...

Prosecutors appeal ruling barring 3rd trial of agent

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii prosecutors are appealing a judge’s ruling saying a federal agent can’t be tried a third time for fatally shooting a man in a Waikiki fast-food restaurant. Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro appealed Wednesday to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Hawaii moves forward with plan to relocate crowded Oahu jail

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials are planning to relocate an overcrowded and deteriorating jail on Oahu next to the state prison in Honolulu. Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday the plans to rebuild the Oahu Community Correctional Center on a new site after he and the state Office of ...

U.S. soldier pleads guilty to trying to help ISIS

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A soldier based in Hawaii pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to help the Islamic State group, telling a judge he provided secret military information, a drone meant to track U.S. troops and other support to undercover agents he ...

Man fined for touching monk seal

LIHUE (AP) — An Alabama man was fined $1,500 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal as well as harassing a sea turtle on Kauai, and then posting the videos on social media. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said the Alabama resident, who was vacationing on Kauai last ...

Volcanoes National Park plans a limited reopening

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Park Service is planning to reopen sections of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park next month following the lull in activity from the Kilauea volcano. The reopening date has been set for Sept. 22 after the May eruption prompted the Big Island park closure, the ...

Lane brought record rain, but lost its wallop

By MARK THIESSEN The Associated Press Hurricane Lane secured its place in the history books before it quickly dissipated into a tropical storm and moved off from Hawaii. The storm caused damage, mostly on the Big Island, where rivers raged near Hilo and nearly 40 people had to be rescued ...

Rules revised for rabies quarantine

LIHUE (AP) — Hawaii has revised its rules for the rabies quarantine program that aims to prevent the introduction of the virus into the state. Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, this week signed off on the revision, which reduces the waiting periods for pets complying with the 5 Day or Less ...

Hawaii hurricanes rare, but getting less so

By SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Hurricanes seldom get close to Hawaii and it’s even rarer for one of the islands to take a direct hit. Hurricane Lane is already drenching and pummeling the island chain, even without reaching land. The last time a major ...

Guilty plea entered in terror case

HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for a Hawaii-based Army soldier accused of attempting to support the Islamic State group says his client will plead guilty. Assistant Honolulu Federal Defender Alexander Silvert tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang has agreed to ...

State likely missed out on federal payments

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has potentially missed out on tens of millions of dollars in federal reimbursements from claims related to teaching Medicaid-insured special education students, according to state officials and a review of federal data. A review of federal Centers for Medicare & ...

Restoration planned for Chinatown building

HONOLULU (AP) — A group of investors is planning a $10 million restoration to an iconic building in Honolulu’s historic Chinatown district that is expected to include a new restaurant and boutique hotel. Details of the project were published last week in an environmental assessment by ...

Big Island raises matching funds to save small airport

HILO (AP) — Air service at a small airport on the Big Island will continue this year after officials and community partners raised the amount required in matching funds. The county council approved the remaining amount in matching funds last week for the Waimea-Kohala Airport, accepting ...

Salt-makers working to save practice

LIHUE (AP) — Families that harvest salt from salt beds in Kauai fear current conditions in the unincorporated community of Hanapepe and climate change are threatening their important cultural practice. Ku‘ulei Santos, vice president of the salt-makers’ board, told the Garden Island ...

Officials confirm fifth case of rat lungworm

HONOLULU (AP) — The state has confirmed that a Big Island toddler is the fifth victim this year of rat lungworm, a disease that is expected to continue to spread due to climate change. It’s the third confirmed case of rat lungworm disease on the Big Island. The state Department of ...

Alert level for Hawaii volcano downgraded

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Slowing activity at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists Friday to downgrade their alert level for the mountain. The U.S. Geological Survey issued a “watch” for Kilauea’s ground hazards, down from a ...