Hawaii News

Campaign calls on island tourists to be respectful

Visitors are invited to sign the ‘Pono Pledge’ and share it via social media HILO (AP) — The Big Island visitors bureau and Hawaii County have launched a campaign that aims to create a more conscientious tourism industry on the Big Island. The Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau ...

Volcanoes park to reopen after monthslong eruption

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — The recent eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has quieted to the point that federal officials are ready to allow people back to the dramatically changed summit crater, which has quadrupled in size, lost all of its lava and collapsed ...

Officer shoots, kills man during Honolulu drug arrests

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard says an officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him. Ballard says officers knocked on a door of apartment near Waikiki Thursday to execute a drug search warrant. One of the occupants opened the door and officers then broke down ...

Telling men to ‘step up,’ Hirono strides into spotlight

Hawaii’s senator emerges as strong supporter of Kavanaugh accuser By MARY CLARE JALONICK The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Hawaii’s Sen. Mazie Hirono, one of only four women on the 21-member Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh the same ...

State, Hawaii County appeal firearm ruling

HONOLULU (AP) — The state and Hawaii County are asking the 9th Circuit of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that said Hawaii’s legal requirement for getting a license to carry a firearm in public violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. A three-judge panel reached that ...

Ex-Honolulu chief’s wife resigns as deputy prosecutor before trial

HONOLULU (AP) — The wife of a former Honolulu chief is resigning as a deputy prosecutor nearly a year after a grand jury indicted the couple on corruption-related charges. The Honolulu prosecuting attorney’s office issued a one-sentence news release Monday: “Katherine Kealoha has ...

Ruling keeps Hawaii man hospitalized in ’06 triple murder

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The retired U.S. judge who was tied up after a man allegedly shot and killed three people in Honolulu in 2006 says he’s satisfied with a ruling that dismisses all charges but recommits him to a psychiatric hospital. Capping ...

Hurricane damage to Hawaii County infrastructure totals $20M

HILO — The damage to Hawaii County facilities from the flooding caused by Hurricane Lane’s torrential rains totaled about $20 million, an official said. The figure is only for county infrastructure and doesn’t include damage to state infrastructure such as schools and highways, county ...

Big Island considers adding honesty policy to ethics code

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials are considering adding language to the county’s ethics code requiring officers and employees to provide the public with information that is accurate and factual. The county council voted last week in support of the measure, requiring county ...

Report: Most dams in Hawaii have ‘high hazard potential’

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The vast majority of Hawaii’s state-regulated dams are considered to have “high hazard potential,” according to a 2017 infrastructure report by the American Society of Civil Engineers. One of the 124 dams given that ...

Leilani Estates residents allowed to go home

HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of a Hawaii subdivision were able to return to their homes Saturday, more than two months after flowing lava and volcanic gas from Kilauea prompted county officials to evacuate the area. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports entry into Leilani Estates in Hawaii County ...

Couple legally marries 36 years after wedding

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A Big Island couple who believed they were married 36 years ago officially tied the knot after learning of a documentation mix-up. Randy and Leigh Mitchell were legally married at the Kealakekua courthouse last week, though their wedding was in February 1982, West Hawaii ...

Gas emissions drop to lowest level in decade at Kilauea

HILO (AP) — Gas emissions from Kilauea volcano have reached their lowest level in more than a decade as the Big Island sees a lull in volcanic activity. Sulfur dioxide emission rates have dropped to less than 1,000 tons per day between Kilauea’s summit and its lower east rift zone, ...

Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific ...

Army says pilots in chopper crash were disoriented

HONOLULU (AP) — An Army investigation into a fatal helicopter crash found the pilots became disoriented during nighttime training off Hawaii last year. All five soldiers on board were killed in the Aug. 15, 2017, crash. The pilots experienced “spatial disorientation,” which is when a ...

Foundation board: Protect Hawaiian heiress’ millions

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Board members of a foundation a 92-year-old heiress established for Native Hawaiians are calling for a judge to protect her $215 million trust. The money should go toward helping Native Hawaiians, they said at a news ...

State seeks to subpoena Airbnb for rental data

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is seeking to find vacation rental owners who aren’t paying taxes by getting Airbnb to turn over rental records. Hawaii News Now reports the state Department of Taxation filed a court petition last week to serve an administrative subpoena on Airbnb for rental ...

United Airlines plans $200M investment in Hawaii airports

HONOLULU (AP) — United Airlines is planning to invest $200 million in upgrades to Hawaii airports over the next decade, officials said. United CEO Oscar Munoz said the investment will be geared for modernizing the tools and resources employees use at airports in the state, aiming to give ...

Education department’s ethics hotline receives 500 tips since 2016

HONOLULU (AP) — A report shows that the Hawaii Department of Education’s fraud and ethics hotline has received more than 500 tips since 2016, resulting in one termination case. Hawaii News Now reports that a review prepared for the state education board indicates that 222 of the tips led to ...

Hawaii volcanoes park could reopen several areas soon

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on track to reopen several areas later this month after closing in May because of the Kilauea volcano eruption, park officials said. The National Park Service is planning to reopen several trails, roads and popular sites at the Big Island ...