Hawaii News

Couple legally marries 36 years after wedding

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A Big Island couple who believed they were married 36 years ago officially tied the knot after learning of a documentation mix-up. Randy and Leigh Mitchell were legally married at the Kealakekua courthouse last week, though their wedding was in February 1982, West Hawaii ...

Gas emissions drop to lowest level in decade at Kilauea

HILO (AP) — Gas emissions from Kilauea volcano have reached their lowest level in more than a decade as the Big Island sees a lull in volcanic activity. Sulfur dioxide emission rates have dropped to less than 1,000 tons per day between Kilauea’s summit and its lower east rift zone, ...

Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific ...

Army says pilots in chopper crash were disoriented

HONOLULU (AP) — An Army investigation into a fatal helicopter crash found the pilots became disoriented during nighttime training off Hawaii last year. All five soldiers on board were killed in the Aug. 15, 2017, crash. The pilots experienced “spatial disorientation,” which is when a ...

Foundation board: Protect Hawaiian heiress’ millions

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Board members of a foundation a 92-year-old heiress established for Native Hawaiians are calling for a judge to protect her $215 million trust. The money should go toward helping Native Hawaiians, they said at a news ...

State seeks to subpoena Airbnb for rental data

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is seeking to find vacation rental owners who aren’t paying taxes by getting Airbnb to turn over rental records. Hawaii News Now reports the state Department of Taxation filed a court petition last week to serve an administrative subpoena on Airbnb for rental ...

United Airlines plans $200M investment in Hawaii airports

HONOLULU (AP) — United Airlines is planning to invest $200 million in upgrades to Hawaii airports over the next decade, officials said. United CEO Oscar Munoz said the investment will be geared for modernizing the tools and resources employees use at airports in the state, aiming to give ...

Education department’s ethics hotline receives 500 tips since 2016

HONOLULU (AP) — A report shows that the Hawaii Department of Education’s fraud and ethics hotline has received more than 500 tips since 2016, resulting in one termination case. Hawaii News Now reports that a review prepared for the state education board indicates that 222 of the tips led to ...

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 ...