Hawaii News

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. ...

Officials end search for missing Black Hawk helicopter crew

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — A massive ocean search for five soldiers who disappeared after a nighttime helicopter crash last week ended Monday after no signs of life were spotted among the debris. Crews from the Army, Coast Guard, Navy and local agencies in Hawaii ...

Search area grows for missing Army helicopter, 5 aboard

By AUDREY McAVOY / The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday it was searching up to 50 miles off Hawaii for five soldiers missing after their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during nighttime training. Swift and dynamic currents prompted the rapid expansion. About 24 ...

Deported Hawaii coffee farmer’s daughter hopes to keep farm operating

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The daughter of a Hawaii coffee farmer who was deported months ago to his native Mexico said the farm will stay afloat if her father can return to the United States within a year. The Kona coffee farmer’s daughter, Victoria Magana Ledesma, is managing the farm for her ...

No OHA scholarships for Mainland colleges

UH bid to offer money to more Hawaii students HONOLULU (AP) — Scholarship money from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will only be going to students at the University of Hawaii system this academic year, officials said. The office gives $500,000 each year to Hawaiian students and could be ...

5 missing after Army helicopter goes down

HONOLULU — A multi-agency team scoured the ocean off Hawaii on Wednesday for five soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that went down during a nighttime training exercise. The UH-60 Black Hawk went missing when another Army helicopter training with it lost visual and radio contact about 9:30 ...

Residents settling in at Big Island homeless camp

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — After drawing much skepticism from the community, an open-air homeless camp in Kailua-Kona has become a symbol of optimism after only more than a week into its existence. Linda Vandervoort was one of the community members who was more than a little skeptical when she ...

Battle starts over $200M estate of royal descendant

HONOLULU (AP) — The $200 million estate of a 91-year-old descendant of Hawaiian royalty has become the topic of a legal dispute between her lawyer and her longtime partner. The Campbell Estate heiress Abigail Kawananakoa suffered an acute stroke in June, which on July 24 turned into her ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Weaned monk seal moved to new home HONOLULU — A Hawaiian monk seal born on a Waikiki beach has been moved so that it can remain a wild animal and won’t become accustomed to interacting with people. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says the female ...

Deportation of Hawaii coffee farmer appealed

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Nearly a month after a Hawaii coffee farmer returned to Mexico on orders to leave the United States, his attorney is fighting for the man’s return. Jim Stanton filed a notice Tuesday with the Board of Immigration Appeals, signaling intent to dispute a Department of ...

Sprinkler retrofit bill advances in Honolulu

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Honolulu residents believe a bill that would require older high-rise buildings to retrofit sprinklers would be too costly, while others believe the sprinklers would prevent another deadly fire like the one last month. The Honolulu City Council pushed the bill through its ...

Oahu resident contracts rat lungworm brain parasite

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Health said an Oahu resident has contracted rat lungworm, a potentially deadly brain parasite. The department said Wednesday that it’s not known how the individual got the disease. The person began experiencing symptoms last month. An investigation ...

False killer whale used in sonar research back in limelight

Kina currently at Sea Life Park; animal rights activists say she should go free By CALEB JONES / The Associated Press WAIMANALO, Oahu — Compared with other marine mammals, 40-year-old Kina has lived a particularly winding and high-profile life. She went from the open ocean off Japan, to a ...

Newborn monk seal to be moved

HONOLULU (AP) — State and federal authorities plan to move a newborn Hawaiian monk seal away from Waikiki so it can remain a wild animal and won’t become accustomed to interacting with people. Officials will take the seal shortly after it is weaned to a remote, undisclosed part of Oahu ...

Officials believe invasive deer eradicated

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials believe they have successfully removed an invasive deer species from the southern region of Big Island with no confirmed sightings of axis deer in five years. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife investigation determined that axis deer were introduced to Kau eight ...

Father is questioning prison about suicide policy

HONOLULU (AP) — The father of a Hawaii inmate who took her own life is asking why the prison she was held at had her in solitary confinement instead of suicide watch before her death. Jessica Fortson, 30, was found unconscious in a cell by a corrections officer on July 11 and was declared ...

Hamilton inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Hawaii surfer Bethany Hamilton lost 60 percent of her blood and her left arm in a 2003 shark attack. After multiple surgeries, she vowed to get back on the board — which she did just one month later. And now, 14 years later, she has taken her place among the ...

Both HMSA, Kaiser propose ACA health insurance rate hikes

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s two largest health insurers have filed to raise insurance rates next year. The Hawaii Medical Service Association is seeking to raise its rates by an average of about 27 percent, while Kaiser Permanente is proposing a rate increase of about 20 percent, the Honolulu ...