Hawaii News

Kilauea eruption caused $94M loss near national park

HILO (AP) — Communities near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park lost up to $94 million in economic benefit last year compared to the previous year due to the eruption of Kilauea Volcano, officials said. The National Park Service found the Big Island park had 1.1 million visitors who spent ...

Weather Service plans to investigate fake alert

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Weather Service plans to investigate a fake threat that was circulated about an earthquake in Japan and a subsequent tsunami. “It was fabricated, it was not a real message and there was no earthquake in Japan,” said Chip McCreery, director of Pacific ...

Oahu’s Kailua beach is named best in the US

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands. Those are among the reasons Oahu’s Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual ...

Prosecutor: Greed fueled Hawaii power couple’s schemes

Kealoha trial is expected to last through summer By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A special federal prosecutor spent an hour taking jurors through what has been called the biggest corruption case to rock Hawaii, showing how a high-ranking law enforcement power ...

Officials at tsunami center say fake alert circulated

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials at a tsunami monitoring center in Hawaii say a fake threat was circulated about an earthquake in Japan and subsequent tidal wave. News outlets reported Tuesday that the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Oahu said there is no tsunami threat in the Pacific after a ...

Attempt to breed Hawaiian crows at nature reserve fails

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The first breeding attempt by a pair of Hawaiian crows in the wild in nearly 20 years appears to have failed, officials said. Officials at the Puu Makaala Natural Area Reserve did not find offspring at a nest the birds built, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported ...

Hawaii county officials close bay to assist coral spawning

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A Hawaii county has closed a bay to prevent disruption of coral spawning that scientists predicted would occur over two days, officials said. Hawaii County officials closed Kahaluu Bay to allow the spawning event on Monday through Tuesday on the Big Island, West Hawaii ...

Prosecutor: Hawaii law enforcement power couple abused posts

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former Honolulu police chief, his ex-prosecutor wife and current and former police officers abused their positions by “planning and scheming” to frame her uncle for a crime he did not commit, a federal prosecutor said ...

Honolulu bike share ridership increases

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu self-service bicycle rental program is the sixth most used bike share program in the nation, according to a national report. Biki is behind New York City, Chicago, greater Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C., the report from the National ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Residents meet to name fissure HILO — Residents of a Big Island neighborhood have met to discuss what they should name a nearby volcanic fissure. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday that about 30 people attended the meeting Thursday in the Big Island ...

USGS volcano observatory awaits funds for new base

HILO (AP) — Staff members from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are settling into another temporary office in Hilo, their third move since the Kilauea volcano eruption forced the evacuation of their headquarters in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Hawaii ...

State high court considers Army training grounds case

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii state Supreme Court is considering a case in which plaintiffs have said the state has not enforced the terms of a lease for U.S. Army training grounds. The court heard arguments in the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling that the Hawaii Department of Land ...

Monk seal that had CT scan is suffering from an infection

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal that underwent a CT scan in a human hospital is suffering from muscle inflammation and infection. West Hawaii Today reported Thursday that the scan performed April 21 at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea discovered the 3-year-old ...

Hawaii geothermal plant will need state approval to rebuild

POHOIKI, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii geothermal power company must win state approval before rebuilding transmission lines wiped out by volcanic eruption. News outlets reported Wednesday that Puna Geothermal Venture must hold a public hearing and receive state Public Utilities Commission ...

Former Hawaii officers among group indicted for stolen drugs

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A grand jury has indicted two retired Hawaii Police Department officers in a case involving stolen drug evidence, according to court records. A grand jury convened in Kona on Hawaii Island Tuesday to hear charges against former officers Brian Miller and Chadwick Fukui, ...

Honolulu mayor plans 3 tax hikes to cover future rail costs

HONOLULU (AP) — The mayor of Honolulu has proposed a trio of tax increases to cover costs of a forthcoming rail line, a report said. The budget by Mayor Kirk Caldwell includes tax hikes designed in part to cover the city’s rail operations and maintenance, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Mother to take stand against Hawaii woman in heroin trial

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The mother of a Hawaii woman charged with heroin possession was expected to take the stand as the first witness against her daughter. The Garden Island reported Tuesday that 31-year-old Julia Scriven was charged with felony promotion of a dangerous drug in April ...

Hawaii university head proposes tuition freeze, reduction

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii should freeze undergraduate tuition and lower costs for some graduate students, its president says. University President David Lassner has submitted a proposal intended to attract more students and keep college fees affordable, The Honolulu ...

Southwest adds to its new interisland flight schedule

HONOLULU (AP) — Southwest Airlines has started a new route in the Hawaiian Islands with plans to add more interisland service, officials said. The airline began service between Honolulu on Oahu and Kona on Hawaii island, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. Southwest plans to ...

Jury selection starting in high-level Oahu corruption case

The large group of prospective jurors needed required officials to move task to Blaisdell By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Jury selection began Monday in a closely watched corruption scandal involving the highest levels of Honolulu law enforcement. But instead ...