Hawaii News

Hawaiian Airlines parent company to buy Island Air assets

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaiian Airlines’ parent company agreed to purchase Island Air’s operating certificate and other assets in a move that could save the failed interisland carrier from liquidation. The trustee overseeing Island Air’s bankruptcy case filed a last-minute motion disclosing ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Vandals break into Oahu cemetery HONOLULU— Vandals broke into an Oahu cemetery tomb and scattered someone’s remains, prompting a police investigation. Hawaii News Now reported Monday that volunteers cutting grass at Sunset Memorial Park found the desecrated remains ...

Chin says travel ban sparks run for Congress

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who has been fighting President Donald Trump’s travel ban and other policies over the past year, has announced he will run for U.S. Congress. Chin, a Democrat, seeks to replace Hawaii U.S. Rep. Colleen ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Police ask for tips after fires HONOLULU — Honolulu authorities are asking for tips after four different house fires were intentionally set while people were at the homes. Fire started Thursday night and continued into Friday morning, according to the Honolulu Fire ...

Sunken World War II sub located off Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — A wreck-hunting organization located a sunken World War II submarine off the coast of Oahu. STEP Ventures found the USS S-28, which sunk in 1944 with 49 crew members aboard during training, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. The sub was found in 8,700 feet ...

Federal agent facing 3rd trial

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu prosecutor’s office said it plans to try a federal agent a third time for the shooting death of a man in 2011. Agent Christopher Deedy appealed the attempt at a third trial, but the Hawaii Supreme Court denied him on Thursday. Deedy’s attorney, Thomas ...

Consent at the heart of divorced gay couple’s child support case

KANEOHE, Oahu (AP) — Attorneys for a divorced lesbian couple fighting over child support in a closely watched case agreed Thursday that consent to having a baby together is a crucial issue but disagreed over whether both spouses gave it. One woman wants to sever her parental rights to a ...

Tourism officials fined for alleged travel upgrades

HONOLULU (AP) — Four tourism officials accused of soliciting and accepting travel upgrades for business trips have been fined $12,000. State rules require employees to travel by coach class when on official business. A state ethics commission charged Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO George ...

$1M bail set in murder of housekeeper

HONOLULU (AP) — Bail has been set at $1 million for a man charged with murder in the slaying of a part-time housekeeper at a vacation rental house in Honolulu. Both Stephan Brown, 23, and his 20-year-old girlfriend Hailey Dandurand were charged with second-degree murder in the death of ...

State lawmakers urge more suicide prevention funding

HONOLULU (AP) — State legislators are wrestling with how to prevent suicides, the leading cause of fatal injuries in the state. Mental health care and drug treatment in Hawaii is underfunded by tens of millions of dollars every year, and one direct result of this is far too many suicides, ...

Rescued anglers were surrounded by sharks

HILO (AP) — Two people were rescued last week off the Big Island after spending a night drifting in the ocean surrounded by sharks. The two people were fishing Thursday off the Big Island’s northeast coast when a large, sudden wave hit and washed one of them into the water. The other ...

Kamehameha Schools apologizes to abuse victims

HONOLULU (AP) — Kamehameha Schools has issued an apology to the victims of a doctor who was accused of sexually abusing students for decades. In a letter posted Friday to the website of Kamehameha Schools, CEO Jack Wong said that the school and the community were not prepared for the ...

Police: Pot patients get to keep guns

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s police chief ended a requirement that medical marijuana patients relinquish their guns. Chief Susan Ballard said Wednesday medical marijuana patients can retain guns they already own, but they can’t buy additional guns once they become a patient, the Honolulu ...

911 calls from fatal fire released

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Fire Department has released the 911 calls made from the high-rise Marco Polo condominium building where a July blaze caused the deaths of four people. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the calls by trapped and worried people detail their concerns as fire ...

2 in custody for killing at Oahu vacation rental

HONOLULU (AP) — A man and woman remained in custody Friday after they were arrested on suspicion of killing a woman in an Oahu vacation rental home. The victim was identified by family members as Telma Boinville, 51, who moved to Hawaii from Brazil in the 1990s. Honolulu Police Deputy ...

Big Isle woman seeks record for avocado

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A Big Island woman is waiting to hear back from Guinness World Records to find out if the avocado she snagged is the world’s largest. Pamela Wang found the 5-pound avocado last month while on a walk. “I see avocados every day, and I pick up avocados every day, but ...

Gov. Ige announces new director of tax department

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige introduced a new director of the state Department of Taxation following the resignation of Maria Zielinski. Ige named Linda Chu Takayama the new director on Wednesday, one day after Zielinski announced her resignation, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Island Air breaks pledge to pay for November health care

HONOLULU (AP) — Island Air promised employees it would continue to pay for their health insurance until the end of November, but failed to do so, according to court records. The airline, which ceased operations Nov. 10, did not pay for its 423 former employees’ November health care, ...

Pearl Harbor survivors attend solemn rite

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early-morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony marking the surprise ...

Official concerned about faint siren

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is concerned about complaints that Friday’s test of an attack warning siren could barely be heard in tourist mecca Waikiki. The sirens largely were drowned out by ...