Hawaii News

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 ...

Kauai mayor to run for lieutenant governor

HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho has announced he will run for lieutenant governor of Hawaii in 2018. Carvalho’s announcement on Wednesday at the state capitol adds him to a field of four others. His current opponents are Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa and Democrat senators ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Lifeguards rescue 13 in winter waves HONOLULU — Hawaii lifeguards rescued 13 people as powerful waves pounded the northern shores of the island of Oahu, kicking off what officials say is the most dangerous time of the year. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports ...

Son of firefighter files suit

HONOLULU (AP) — The son of a Honolulu firefighter who died in training last year has filed a lawsuit against the city. The son filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Monday on behalf of his father, Cliff Rigsbee, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Rigsbee was on a sled being ...

Rescued women describe their 5 months at sea

By CALEB JONES, The Associated Press HONOLULU — Their engine was crippled, their mast was damaged and things went downhill from there for two women who set out to sail the 2,700 miles from Hawaii to Tahiti. As their 50-foot sailboat drifted helplessly in the middle of the Pacific for ...

Crossing a Honolulu street? Don’t text

HONOLULU (AP) — Of all the beautiful scenery to see in Honolulu, officials want to make sure residents and tourists get a good look at the street. Honolulu this week became the largest city in the U.S. to make it illegal for people to look at cellphones, tablets or video games while crossing ...

Mother of Oahu woman lost at sea for months never gave up

The women lost their engine in bad weather in late May but tried to reach Tahiti using sails By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Two women and their dogs have been rescued after being lost at sea for months while trying to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti. The U.S. Navy rescued the ...

Workers protest job cuts at Oahu newspaper

Marcel Honore (foreground) and others demonstrate during a “Save Hawai‘i News” rally Thursday on Oahu outside the offices of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The rally was organized by the Pacific Media Workers Guild, which represents workers at the state’s largest daily newspaper. More ...

Probation tightened for ‘Peter Boy’ mother

HILO (AP) — The mother of “Peter Boy” Kema, who was sentenced to 10 years of probation in June after being convicted of manslaughter in the death of her son, has been resentenced to a stricter program after violating her terms. Jaylin Kema acknowledged in court on Tuesday that she ...

Building fire site open for possible plaintiffs, defendants

HONOLULU (AP) — The Marco Polo condominium building in which a July fire killed four has been opened to numerous people who might file lawsuits, potential defendants such as product manufacturers and their insurers, and fire experts from across the nation. As of Monday, people have access to ...

HPD getting first woman police chief

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A police major was selected Wednesday as the first woman to be chief of the Honolulu Police Department — an agency that has been rocked by a federal corruption investigation. The police commission voted for Maj. Susan Ballard to ...

Official: Hawaiian monk seal pups in good shape

HONOLULU (AP) — All of the Hawaiian monk seals born this year on Oahu are doing well, a wildlife official said. Four monk seal pups, two male and two female, were born between May and July, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. All four are doing “normal seal things, learning to ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Official: Monk seal pups in good shape HONOLULU — A wildlife official said that all of the Hawaiian monk seals born this year on Oahu are doing well. Four monk seal pups, two male and two female, were born between May and July. National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Spam is quick cash for Oahu thieves

HONOLULU (AP) — Cans of Spam have become a common item that’s being stolen from Honolulu stores and then sold on the streets for quick cash, according to authorities. Ra Long, who owns a convenience store in the city, said shoplifters have typically targeted alcohol in the past, but ...

Probe alleges corruption by top Honolulu law enforcers

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — A curious allegation of mailbox theft unraveled into a tale of corruption that reached the highest levels of Honolulu law enforcement, culminating in a U.S. investigation that found the former police chief and his prosecutor wife ...

Prohibition on Trump’s travel ban extended

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal judge in Hawaii who stopped President Donald Trump’s travel ban from taking effect this week has extended the order. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Friday converted the temporary restraining order to a preliminary injunction. The ban was announced in ...

FBI: Honolulu police officer arrested on conspiracy charges

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — The FBI arrested a Honolulu Police Department officer Wednesday in connection with an ongoing federal corruption investigation into the former Honolulu police chief. Officer Derek Hahn, 46, was arrested without incident, FBI Special Agent ...

Judge: Trump’s latest travel ban has same woes

Decision blocks administration’s latest iteration of travel restrictions aimed to keep mostly Muslims out By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban Tuesday, just hours before it was ...

Poison drops kill rats

LIHUE (AP) — A conservation official said that Hawaii’s plan to eradicate a small crescent-shaped island’s rat infestation via air drops of poison has worked, with no signs of negative impact on marine life. The Garden Island reports that Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project ...