Hawaii News

Disease ruled out in Kauai whale deaths

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists investigating last month’s stranding of five pilot whales on Kauai’s Kalapaki Beach have ruled out disease as the cause of the beaching. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that the scientists say something sudden must have triggered the stranding, ...

Cemetery official: Homeless people camp on land

HONOLULU (AP) — Campers have moved illegally into a cemetery on Oahu, an official said. Gary Shim, who is on the Sunset Memorial Park’s committee and works to keep it clean, said that he’s seen an influx of homeless people, abandoned vehicles and illegal drug use. “It’s not safe in ...

Ex-Honolulu cop sentenced, traded sex to assist prostitution suspect

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former Honolulu police officer was sentenced Monday to six months behind bars for offering to help a woman with her prostitution case in exchange for sex. Maulia LaBarre admitted to using an official law enforcement police ...

Oahu medical school hosts first seminar on medical marijuana

HONOLULU (AP) — The medical school at the University of Hawaii held its first seminar on medical marijuana with a panel of doctors and lawyers discussing the drug and the regulations governing its use. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the panel shared highlights of research on the ...

Project to explore Christmas tree growth on Big Island

HILO (AP) — A project by the Hawaii Forest Institute is aiming to establish a homegrown Christmas tree industry on the Big Island by the finding the right environmental conditions for different types of coniferous trees. Through the Aina Mauna Christmas Tree Demonstration Project, several ...

Ward Village developer sues contractor

HONOLULU (AP) — The developer of a luxurious residential high-rise tower in Honolulu has filed a lawsuit against a general contractor saying the building isn’t finished despite some residents moving in nearly a year ago. Developer Howard Hughes Corp. filed suit Tuesday against Waiea ...

Reporter to be honored for breaking story about mayor

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — West Hawaii Today government reporter Nancy Cook Lauer is being honored for her work in breaking the story of former Mayor Billy Kenoi’s misuse of a county-issued credit card, known as a pCard. The Big Island Press Club will celebrate Cook Lauer as the club’s 2017 ...

Hawaii PD preps for 20-plus vacancies

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Officials are expecting more than 20 vacancies with the Hawaii Police Department by year’s end due to retiring officers. Officials addressed the Hawaii County Police Commission on Friday, saying that in the next month there would be close to 20 retirees, including eight ...

Oahu citizens group to hand out 1,000 water rescue tubes

HONOLULU (AP) — An Oahu community group is in the process of handing out 1,000 water rescue tubes. The campaign is a citizen-led effort by Hawaii Kai Lions Club Treasurer Eric Kvick in partnership with the Rescue Tube Foundation on Kauai, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. Kvick ...

Trump’s Honolulu stop before Asia costs city nearly $141,000

HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Honolulu with first lady Melania Trump cost the city $140,776. KHON2-TV reports that the couple arrived Nov. 3 and spent less than 24 hours on the island before departing for Asia. Various city departments worked with the U.S. ...

Turkish man gets time served for disrupting flight

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Turkish man who said that a hallucination about a butterfly caused him to disrupt a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu won’t receive additional jail time under terms of his sentence handed down Monday. Anil Uskanli was ...

Saito surprised escape worked

By TERENCE CHEA and AUDREY MCAVOY, The Associated Press FRENCH CAMP, Calif. — A man who acknowledges killing a woman nearly 40 years ago said Friday that he is surprised he was able to walk out of a psychiatric hospital on Oahu and make it to California before being captured. Randall ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Hawaiian Air CEO to retire in March HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines said Thursday that CEO Mark Dunkerley will retire in March and be replaced by the airline’s chief commercial officer, Peter Ingram. Ingram, 51, joined Hawaiian as chief financial officer in ...

Appeals court allows partial enforcement of Trump travel ban

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and GENE JOHNSON The Associated Press SEATTLE — On the same day a federal appeals court allowed part of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to take effect, advocacy groups filed a new lawsuit Monday challenging the administration’s related efforts to restrict ...

Experts say Republican tax plan would hit Hawaii taxpayers hard

HONOLULU (AP) — Experts say that the Republicans’ proposed changes to the federal tax code do not bode well for many Hawaii taxpayers. Lawmakers are considering reducing or even abolishing deductions that are particularly important to Hawaii tax filers. Proposed limits on the mortgage ...

Ige names preferred jail location

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige has announced that the preferred location for Oahu’s new jail is a site in Halawa Valley where the state Department of Agriculture’s Animal Quarantine Facility is located. Ige said that the site was one of four finalists and was selected to build a jail ...

OHA sues over Mauna Kea management

HONOLULU (AP) — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has filed a lawsuit against the State of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii, claiming longstanding mismanagement of the state’s tallest peak. The lawsuit filed Tuesday asks the court to order the state to fulfill its trust obligations ...

Former AP, UPI Hawaii bureau chief dies at age 82

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Gordon Sakamoto, one of the first Asian-Americans hired to work in a U.S. bureau of an international news service, died Wednesday at 82. Sakamoto, a former Hawaii bureau chief for The Associated Press, started his journalism career ...

Hawaii sand listings removed by eBay

HILO (AP) — Online auction and sales company eBay has removed multiple listings of sand said to be taken from Hawaii beaches. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Saturday that it asked the company about the listings before they were taken down. Among them was a listing claiming to have sand ...

Man sentenced for statue vandalism on Halloween

HONOLULU (AP) — The 19-year-old accused of spray painting the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole statue in Honolulu’s Waikiki neighborhood on Halloween pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for time served and four hours of community service. Police say Andrew ...