Hawaii News

Ruling suspends commercial scooping of aquarium fish in Hawaiian waters

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A state Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday halts the commercial scooping of reef fish for aquariums until the state reviews the trade’s environmental impact. Hawaii is the world’s third largest source of commercial fish, ...

Personality to define governor’s race

HONOLULU (AP) — There used to be a time in Hawaii when an incumbent governor was a shoo-in for re-election. But in the 2014 primary election, now-Gov. David Ige unseated a fellow Democrat. Now U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is attempting to do the same to Ige. Her announcement last week that ...

Universal basic income taking hold in some places

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants. As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human beings ...

Air ambulance company buying its competitor

HONOLULU (AP) — A firm that controls one of two air ambulance companies in Hawaii is acquiring the other business. Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., which owns Hawaii Life Flight, plans to buy competitor American Medical Response for $2.4 billion, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

Ige follows through on promise to cool schools

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige’s administration has fulfilled its promise of installing air conditioning in 1,000 classrooms. Ige was at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School on Thursday as the 1,000th classroom became air-conditioned. “We had committed to air conditioning and cooling ...

Agency OKs plan for bombing practice

LIHUE (AP) — The National Marine Fisheries Service has approved a five-year U.S. Air Force plan for bombing practice at sea off Kauai. The plan reduces the munitions used and increases monitoring for impacts to whales and dolphins. Earthjustice attorney David Henkin, who previously ...

Hanabusa to challenge Ige in race for governor

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa plans to challenge Gov. David Ige in the race for governor. Hanabusa said Friday that she will file papers to establish a campaign committee. Her announcement pits two prominent Hawaii politicians against each other for the Democratic ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Relief sought from helicopter noise HILO — Residents on the Big Island are working with local officials to reduce the noise from tourist helicopters buzzing past their homes. A group of residents stood outside the Hilo International Airport on Tuesday and decried ...

Rail funding bill headed for final vote in House

HONOLULU (AP) — A bill to bail out Honolulu’s troubled rail transit project is heading for a final vote in the state House of Representatives. It would raise about $2.4 billion through tax increases to help fill a budget hole. The commuter line is estimated to cost $9.5 ...

U.S. military shoots down missile in test launched from Kauai

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. military shot down a medium-range ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii, officials said. The Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai launched the target missile late Tuesday. Sailors aboard the destroyer USS John Paul Jones tracked it with radar and fired an ...

Bill to fund cash-strapped Honolulu rail advances in Senate

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — A bill to fund Honolulu’s financially troubled public rail transportation project advanced Tuesday in the state Senate and is heading for a final vote by the legislative body. Senators voted 17-7 to keep the bill alive with little ...

Honolulu mayor blasts rail plan

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — Officials at Honolulu’s cash-strapped $9.5 billion rail project are under pressure to deliver an adequate funding plan to the federal government. Hawaii lawmakers are meeting in a special legislative session to find a financial ...

17 surfing dogs hit shores of Waikiki for OceanFest

Annual dog surfing contest brought participants from as far as California HONOLULU (AP) — A bunch of four-legged surfers hit the shores of Waikiki for the annual dog surfing contest at Duke’s Oceanfest. KHON-TV reports 17 dogs paddled out Thursday to compete for best wave, best tandem ...

Lawmakers try to keep train project from going off rails

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ, The Associated Press HONOLULU — Train tracks supported by concrete pillars snake through Oahu neighborhoods and across its lush scenery, ending abruptly in an empty, overgrown field. They’re part of a planned $9.5 billion rail transit project — one of the most ...

Rainbow Wahine swept by Toreros

The Maui News The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team fell to 0-2 on the season Saturday, losing to San Diego in three sets in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. The 20th-ranked ’Bows, in their first season under coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, ...

Amazon to keep selling book series on ‘Peter Boy’

Lawyer: Siblings being revictimized HILO (AP) — Amazon will not take down a book series on the abuse and death of a Big Island child known as “Peter Boy” from its online store despite a request from the lawyer who represents the boy’s estate and his now-adult siblings, a company ...

U.S. interior chief urges changes to protected lands

A Hawaii fishermen’s group is not pushing for a smaller marine monument — just the ability to fish there By MATTHEW BROWN and BRADY McCOMBS The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he won’t seek to rescind any national monuments ...

State drops poison on rat-infested island

LIHUE (AP) — State officials are dropping rat poison on a small uninhabited, crescent-shaped island that’s designated as a seabird sanctuary, but marine wildlife advocates are not in support of the helicopter drops. Lehua Island has a rat infestation that needs to be taken care of, ...

Honolulu postpones action on bill requiring fire sprinklers

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — The Honolulu City Council has postponed action on a bill to require the installation of sprinkler systems in older high-rise buildings about a month after a blaze killed three residents of a 36-story structure that did not have the safety ...

Erosion gnaws away shoreline at Waikiki

HONOLULU (AP) — State and city officials are hoping to get together with Waikiki business owners and the surfing community to brainstorm ways to fix a serious beach erosion problem. In 2012, the state took two concrete erosion barriers off of Waikiki Beach because they were falling apart. ...