Hawaii News

Escaped psychiatric patient Saito is returned to Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. marshals say they’ve brought a man who escaped from a state psychiatric hospital back to the islands from California. Randall Saito faces escape charges stemming from his unauthorized departure from Hawaii State Hospital in November. The agency said in a statement ...

Mariota doing a bit of everything for Titans

By TERESA M. WALKER The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan says he kind of blacked out. Everyone who stayed on the Tennessee sideline went crazy, celebrating. As a group of teammates mobbed him, quarterback Marcus Mariota simply stood and looked back at ...

Hanabusa backs homeless safe zones; says Ige lacks vision

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on Monday launched her campaign for governor by criticizing the incumbent for a lack of leadership and saying the state should consider establishing safe zones for homeless people. “At the highest level of state ...

Chin to resign March 15

Attorney general to focus on campaign HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin on Sunday announced that he will step down to focus on his congressional campaign. The Democrat said he would resign effective March 15. Chin declared his candidacy for the seat representing urban ...

Escaped patient awaits extradition from California

HONOLULU (AP) — A man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to the U.S. Mainland remains in California while authorities work on his extradition. Hawaii attorney general’s office spokeswoman Dana Viola says Randall Saito is still expected to be extradited back to Hawaii ...

Officials looking for Big Island folks to adopt feral donkeys

HILO (AP) — Officials are seeking homes for some of the few remaining feral donkeys that once roamed the western side of the Big Island. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports successful adoption drives during the past few years have reduced the feral donkey population that once numbered in the ...

Man admits lying for ex-chief’s wife

Katherine Kealoha managed the trust for Ransen Taito and his sister By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man acknowledged in court Friday that a deputy Honolulu prosecutor who controlled his childhood trust fund convinced him to lie to a grand jury about what ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press A third of families don’t earn enough HONOLULU — Nearly one-third of Hawaii families don’t meet self-sufficiency income levels, according to a state report. A family of four needs to bring in nearly $78,000 on Oahu to be self-sufficient — or able to cover ...

Sex assault victim sues ex-officer, state

HILO (AP) — A woman who was sexually assaulted two years ago by an on-duty land enforcement officer filed a lawsuit against the former officer and the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The woman said the state never should have hired 41-year-old Ethan Ferguson, who previously had ...

Audit: State energy office’s mission, priorities unclear

HONOLULU (AP) — A state auditor could not figure out the state Energy Office’s purpose or how well it does its job, he said in a report. The energy office could not tell State Auditor Les Kondo how it has directly or indirectly contributed to the state’s clean energy goals, he said. The ...

Foreign fishermen settle human trafficking suit

By CALEB JONES and MARTHA MENDOZA The Associated Press Two Indonesian fishermen who say they were enslaved on an American fishing boat have settled their lawsuit against the vessel’s owner seven years after escaping and receiving special U.S. visas as victims of human trafficking, their ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Prosecutors probe Nene geese deaths HONOLULU — Kauai prosecutors are investigating allegations against a Hawaii homeowner suspected of killing at least four nene geese with a BB gun. Officials are not identifying the suspect because charges have not been filed, they ...

New charges brought in Honolulu corruption case

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The deputy city prosecutor wife of a Honolulu police chief convinced a man whose trust she allegedly stole from when he was a child to lie for her before a grand jury looking into corruption allegations against the couple, according ...

Former Miss Hawaii robbed at gunpoint

Armed intruders get away with $1M in heirloom jewelry HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police are investigating a home invasion robbery at the home of a former Miss Hawaii. Kumu hula Iwalani Walsh Tseu said four men with guns jumped over her backyard wall Sunday night and took possibly near $1 ...

Big Island sees drop in food stamp participation

HILO (AP) — The number of food stamp recipients on Hawaii island declined slightly in 2017. Data from the Hawaii Department of Human Services shows while 37,964 people on the Big Island benefited from the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program — commonly referred to as food ...

U.S. Coast Guard cites fishing boat for foreign captain

By CALEB JONES, The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday it found a foreign worker acting as the captain of an American-flagged commercial fishing vessel in federal waters off Hawaii. The crew of the U.S. Cutter Oliver Berry boarded the unnamed vessel on Dec. 19 ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Another bank announces bonuses HONOLULU — Hawaii’s fifth-largest bank has joined the other four in announcing plans to give most employees a bonus and increase its minimum wage. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Territorial Savings Bank on Wednesday ...

Audit finds fault with outbreak response

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health had breakdowns in communication and inconsistencies in practices in its response to three disease outbreaks in 2015 and 2016, according to a state audit. The state auditor’s report made public Thursday indicates that the department failed ...

Appeals court: Feds erred in fishery expansion

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Federal agencies were wrong to allow Hawaii’s longline swordfish industry to expand fishing efforts while allowing the hooking or entangling of more endangered sea turtles, a U.S. appeals court ruled. The panel of ...

Officials: Counting feral pigs is difficult job

HILO (AP) — Hunting and trapping appear to be keeping down the number of feral pigs on the Big Island, wildlife officials said. But getting a proper count is next to impossible, and the nature of wild pigs could make them seem more numerous in certain areas, said Ian Cole, natural area ...