Hawaii News

Big Island readies as Hurricane Hector approaches

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii emergency officials who have been contending with Kilauea volcano’s lava flow were preparing for a hurricane that was expected to pass to the south of the islands this week. Hurricane preparations were underway just as lava from the last active eruption site in a ...

Chicago chain faces backlash over ‘Aloha Poke’ trademark

HONOLULU (AP) — A Chicago-based chain that trademarked “Aloha Poke” has faced backlash with calls for boycott after sending cease-and-desist letters to businesses with similar names, including the Aloha Poke Shop in Honolulu. The letters sent on behalf of Aloha Poke Co. demanded ...

Identification work begins on Korean War remains now in the United States

By AUDREY McAVOY and KIM YONG-HO The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. military is beginning the painstaking process of analyzing remains from the Korean War now that they are back on American soil after having been handed over by North Korea last week. Vice President Mike Pence ...

Scientists say first sighting of dolphin hybrid is no ‘wholphin’

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don’t call it a “wholphin,” they say. The melon-headed whale is one of the ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press ROTC cadets found after getting lost HONOLULU — Two visiting Army ROTC cadets were rescued after spending the night lost in a jungle warfare course in Wahiawa. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Army’s 25th Infantry Division spokesman, Lt. Col. Curt ...

Big Island bus thief gets 5 years in prison

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii man accused of stealing two Big Island mass transit buses and taking them on joyrides was sentenced to five years in prison. Kawelo Nakamura, 22, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest in May to charges that included theft, reckless endangering, criminal ...

Honolulu hotel undergoes redesign to attract millennials

Neon set to meet nature at redesigned hotel in Waikiki HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu boutique hotel completed a $4 million redesign that aims to attract millennials by giving them backdrops for selfies. The 135-room Shoreline Hotel Waikiki revealed last week its new “neon meets nature” ...

Murder suspect is back in custody

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man charged with murder and mistakenly released from a Big Island jail is back in custody, authorities said Friday. Brian Lee Smith called police from a pay phone Thursday night and told them where he was, Hawaii County ...

DNA to X-ray: Hawaii lab to ID remains

By MALCOLM RITTER The Associated Press NEW YORK — The U.S. military remains released by North Korea on Friday will be sent to a military lab in Hawaii, where they’ll enter a system that routinely identifies service members from decades-old conflicts. Identifications depend on ...

Rule issued to protect habitat for false killer whales

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal agency will designate waters around Hawaii as protected critical habitat for endangered false killer whales. About 17,500 square miles of ocean habitat will be protected under a new rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine ...

Murder defendant mistakenly released from jail

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Big Island authorities were searching for a man charged with murder who was mistakenly released from jail while awaiting trial, the state Department of Public Safety said Thursday. Brian Lee Smith was being ...

Unknown disease strikes Big Island’s wild horse population

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A mysterious disease affecting wild horses in Waipio Valley on the Big Island has prompted an investigation by Hawaii agencies and veterinarians. The disease makes the animals unable to walk, resulting in a number of wild horse deaths, West Hawaii Today reported ...

Hawaii tour passengers recall molten rock hitting their boat

By CALEB JONES HONOLULU — A passenger on a tour boat that was hit by lava off Hawaii’s Big Island last week shielded his girlfriend and said he was waiting for death as searing debris ripped through the catamaran’s roof. “I remember getting hit with the lava in my back and just ...

Appeals court strikes down Hawaii gun law

Citing 2nd Amendment ruling would allow people to openly carry firearms By BRIAN MELLEY The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Second Amendment protects the right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense. The 9th U.S. Circuit ...

Hawaii GOP expels ‘pro white’ state candidate

HILO (AP) — The Hawaii Republican Party has expelled a state House candidate after learning of his racist views, officials said. The party expelled Bryan Feste, who is running against Grace Manipol-Larson for the Republican nomination for the Hilo-area seat, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald ...

Charges dropped for two women who buried whale

HONOLULU (AP) — Two Native Hawaiian practitioners will no longer face charges for illegally taking the remains of a small, ailing whale the pair had watched over before it died and burying them at sea off Kawaihae. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week dropped the ...

Big Island town pins hopes on lava tourism to provide economic relief

Lawmakers, visitors, business owners urge establishment of lava viewing soon By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Stunning images of erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor is buried I NGLEWOOD, Calif. — More than 76 years after he was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Navy sailor has been laid to rest in Southern California. Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class George Harvey Gibson was buried with full ...

Suspect in officer shooting is killed by police

Mayor: Second officer wounded but survives By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man suspected of gunning down a Hawaii police officer was killed during a shootout with officers Friday after a three-day search across the Big Island, authorities said. Justin ...

Hawaiian monk seal named Rocky gives birth to 11th pup

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal named Rocky gave birth to her 11th pup on a remote shoreline on Kauai. Rocky and the baby monk seal appear to be doing well following the Monday delivery, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said. Nine of Rocky’s pups were born on ...