Hawaii News

Designer dog carrier stolen from Hawaiian heiress

Police were able to identify a suspect HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu home of a 92-year-old Hawaiian heiress many consider a princess was burglarized over the weekend. Abigail Kawanana-koa’s wife Veronica Gail Worth tells The Associated Press they were home when a man entered their house ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Southwest plans to fly to 4 airports KAILUA-KONA — Southwest Airlines says it intends to fly to four Hawaii airports. West Hawaii Today reports the Dallas-based carrier announced this week that it plans to offer service to Kona International Airport on the Big Island, ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Contamination warned on Kauai LIHUE — Beaches and other areas on Kauai that smell like sewage may be showing signs of contamination, according to Hawaii health officials. The Hawaii Department of Health hasn’t received any indications of disease outbreaks ...

Lawsuit filed over death on flight from Hawaii

By MEG KINNARD The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — The family of a South Carolina woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against American Airlines, accusing the company of negligence in her death following a medical emergency during a flight two years ago. In a lawsuit filed ...

Kauai may have broken U.S. record for rainfall

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Weather Service says preliminary data indicates the Hawaiian island of Kauai broke a national 24-hour rainfall record during recent flash flooding. The agency’s Honolulu office said Wednesday a rain gauge in Waipa recorded 49.69 inches of rain during the ...

Man found mentally fit for trial for fleeing Hawaii hospital

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who fled from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital— where he was committed after being found not guilty by reason of insanity of a woman’s 1979 killing — is mentally fit to stand trial for an escape charge, a panel of three ...

Improvements to Waikiki sidewalks set to start in May

HONOLULU (AP) — A portion of the sidewalks along Kalakaua Avenue will soon get an overhaul. The overhaul is the first major Waikiki sidewalk project since the city readied the tourism district to host the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation gathering, the Star-Advertiser reported ...

Investment property tax for schools is headed to the ballot

HONOLULU (AP) — Voters this year will have the opportunity to decide if Hawaii should establish a surcharge on investment property to help fund public education. State senators approved a bill Monday that puts the issue in voters’ hands. Currently, the Hawaii Constitution authorizes ...

Funds allocated for rat lungworm research

HILO (AP) — The Legislature has announced that a $300,000 allocation will be included in the state budget to fund rat lungworm disease research at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Lawmakers on Friday announced the funding for programs related to the prevention and eradication of rat ...

Kauai still recovering following flood

LIHUE (AP) — Recovery efforts continue to help some Kauai residents get back on their feet following a devastating flood. About 30 community leaders from Kauai’s North Shore met Saturday to discuss relief efforts and allocate donations and services to areas where they are most needed after ...

More rain adds to Kauai flooding but alerts downgraded

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Weather officials downgraded flash flood alerts in Hawaii on Friday after more rain on the island of Kauai added to flooding left behind by last weekend’s deluge. The National Weather Service lifted a flash flood warning ...

Co-defendant in Hawaii concert scam gets two months in jail

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Florida man was sentenced Thursday to two months in jail and four months home confinement for his role in scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 for a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened. The university paid a ...

Hawaii lawmakers look into bump stock ban after Las Vegas killings

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are discussing versions of two bills that would tighten the state’s already strict gun regulations. One bill would ban bump stocks, a device used by the gunman in the Las Vegas shooting last October that killed 58 people. ...

Rescue crews airlift hundreds stranded after Kauai storm

By SOPHIA YAN The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hundreds of people have been airlifted out of dangerous floodwaters on Kauai, but authorities said Tuesday that others are still stranded at evacuation centers. The U.S. Army, National Guard, and the county airlifted more than 220 people Monday ...

Airline to speak Hawaiian on flights

HONOLULU (AP) — Passengers flying Hawaiian Airlines may soon get a complimentary language lesson as the company amplifies efforts to preserve traditional Hawaiian by incorporating it into everyday business. Cabin announcements and crew instructions were given in English and the traditional ...

Gov. Ige issues emergency order after severe rain, flooding on Kauai

LIHUE (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has called for an emergency response to the severe flooding on Kauai. The governor issued an emergency proclamation for the island Sunday following the National Weather Service’s recording of almost 27 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period in ...

Lawmakers mull alert task force

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have approved a resolution calling on the state Department of Defense to assemble a task force to review issues surrounding January’s mistaken missile alert, which sent the public into a panic. The state House adopted the concurrent resolution Thursday, ...

Hawaii police identify officer suspected in murder-suicide

HILO — Hawaii County police have identified the suspect in a murder-suicide as 50-year-old police officer Christopher R. Kapua-Allison. Capt. Randall Medeiros said that police found his service weapon near the bodies in his house on Sunday. “His service weapon was recovered at the ...

Lawmakers discuss Hawaii sexual harassment complaint reforms

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Women lawmakers at the Hawaii state Capitol want the House and Senate to update rules on handling sexual harassment complaints — a push that comes amid high-profile misconduct allegations nationwide and after a former Hawaii House speaker ...

Botched state missile alert prompts advice on alert drills

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The missile alert Hawaii mistakenly sent to the public in January prompted the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to recommend that government workers avoid using the phrase “this is not a drill” during practice sending ...