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Surfer suffers apparent shark bite HANALEI, Kauai — Officials on Kauai say a surfer has been bitten by a shark. A statement released by the Kauai Fire Department says a man was surfing off Hanalei on Monday when he was apparently bitten by a tiger shark. The man sustained lacerations to his ...

Police: Driver struck pedestrians at about 50 mph

HONOLULU (AP) — A suspected drunken driver slammed into a crowded Honolulu traffic island at about 50 mph and killed three pedestrians, police said at a preliminary hearing Monday. Honolulu Police Cpl. Jason Tanaka testified about speed estimates from last week’s crash. Alins Sumang looked ...

Airbnb criticizes state’s attempt to subpoena vacation rental host records

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Airbnb is pushing back against the state’s attempt to find tax delinquents by subpoenaing 10 years’ worth of invoices, receipts and other records from the home-sharing platform’s island hosts, calling it an unprecedented, “massive ...

Downpours in April set new US record

HONOLULU (AP) — The torrential downpours that flooded the island of Kauai last year set the national record for the most rainfall in a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service’s National Climate Extremes Committee issued a memorandum Wednesday, ...

Manslaughter charges for deaths of three Honolulu pedestrians

Half-empty bottle of vodka found in suspect’s vehicle By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — There was a half-empty bottle of vodka inside the pickup truck a suspected drunken driver plowed into a crowded Honolulu intersection, killing three people, according to ...

Carcass of young humpback whale washes up on Kauai beach

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Officials are investigating the death of a young humpback whale that washed up on a Kauai beach. Kekaha resident Kevin Rogers told the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the carcass after finding it during a Monday morning beach walk, The Garden ...

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii hires the son of Senate president

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s leading business advocacy group has hired a new lobbyist, the son of the state Senate president. Chamber of Commerce Hawaii has hired 28-year-old Dan Kouchi to serve as its new assistant vice president for government affairs and alliances, which some state ...

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The Associated Press Kids traveling bring measles to Hawaii PORTLAND, Ore. — Two confirmed cases of measles in Hawaii were in unvaccinated children who traveled to Hawaii from Washington state. Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist for Hawaii, said Monday that Washington public health ...

3 killed when truck plows into Honolulu intersection

A suspected drunken driver faces charges in the pedestrian deaths By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A suspected drunken driver remained hospitalized Tuesday facing manslaughter charges, a day after he drove a pickup truck into a crowded intersection, killing ...

Big Island Dairy’s closure is hardship for Oahu dairy

WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — The impending closure of Big Island Dairy is complicating the operations of a small dairy on another island. Naked Cow Dairy in Waianae is the only dairy on the island of Oahu. It produces gourmet butter and artisan cheese with milk from its small herd. When their ...

Hawaiian Air flight diverted after male flight attendant dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York City was diverted to San Francisco after a male flight attendant died of an apparent heart attack, officials said Friday. Hawaiian Airlines Flight 50 landed Thursday night after a crew member had “a suspected heart ...

All Nippon selling tickets for flights on largest jet

HONOLULU (AP) — Japan-based All Nippon Airways has begun taking reservations for flights between Tokyo and Honolulu on an Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner. The airline expects to put its first 520-seat aircraft into service in late May. It started reserving seats ...

Coral reefs stabilizing following bleaching event

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Coral reefs off the Big Island are stabilizing nearly four years after the state’s worst bleaching event, an environmental organization said. Warm ocean water temperatures caused the first statewide bleaching event in 2015, damaging delicate coral reefs, West Hawaii ...

Deal falls through to send ship from Hawaii to Scotland

HONOLULU (AP) — A deal has fallen through to send a late 19th century ship from Honolulu to Scotland. Scotland-based Save Falls of Clyde International canceled the ship scheduled to pick up the historic vessel on Feb. 3, citing logistical problems, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

State judge upholds ‘gut and replace’

HONOLULU (AP) — A state judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit challenging the state Legislature’s “gut and replace” tactic of passing bills that have been stripped of their original content and replaced with entirely different details. The League of Women Voters of Honolulu and Common ...

Tulsi Gabbard formally launches campaign for president

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii Democrat known for bucking the party establishment and for criticizing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, formally launched her campaign for president with a video posted online Thursday. Gabbard ...

Hawaii man suspected of attempted murder surrenders

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man wanted on suspicion of attempted murder surrendered to police because he thought they were closing in on him, his attorney said. Honolulu police arrested 41-year-old Bronson Gouveia near the Helemano Military Reservation in Wahiawa on Monday after he had been ...

Beverage company opposes trademark for Hawaii-grown coffee

HONOLULU (AP) — A Sweden-based beverage company has opposed the trademark application filed by a Hawaii company for a coffee product. Attorneys for The Absolut Co. filed a notice of opposition for the application last year, arguing that Kaholo Coffee is “confusingly similar” to the ...

State senator to seek US House seat held by Gabbard

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii state senator plans to run for the U.S. House seat held by Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Democrat Kai Kahele announced his plans Monday. Kahele, a Native Hawaiian, is the Hawaii Senate’s majority floor leader and a major in the Hawaii Air National Guard. He was ...

Postal Service will keep open historic Kauai post office

LIHUE (AP) — A historic post office on Kauai will remain open after the U.S. Postal Service reversed a decision to shut it down. The service had announced its decision to close the Lihue Post Office in December 2017, prompting hundreds of letters and coconuts to be sent to the service in ...