Hawaii News

Health officials declare end of mumps outbreak in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — The statewide outbreak of mumps has ended, Hawaii health officials said. More than 1,000 people were identified with mumps since the outbreak began in March 2017, stemming from two clusters of cases involving nine people on Oahu, the state Department of Health said ...

Settlement reached for hepatitis A lawsuit

HONOLULU (AP) — A preliminary settlement of up to $4.5 million has been reached in a class-action lawsuit for people exposed to hepatitis A but not sickened during a Hawaii outbreak in 2016. Seattle attorney Bill Marler announced the settlement Friday. A claim form must be submitted by ...

Part-time Kauai resident to pay $40K for nene killings

LIHUE (AP) — A part-time Kauai resident must pay more than $40,000 in fines for shooting and killing four of Hawaii’s endangered state birds with pellet gun. Kauai prosecutors say an investigation by state and U.S. agencies showed that 72-year-old Steven Cookson shot four Hawaiian geese ...

Honolulu police video shows officer shooting man with blade

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department is releasing video footage of an officer shooting and killing a blade-wielding man. Clips released Friday are from cameras worn by two of the six officers who responded to a report of a man threatening someone with a machete last week. Police ...

Hawaii prepares for law allowing medically assisted suicide

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii health officials are urging health care organizations to prepare for the law allowing doctors to fulfill requests from terminally ill patients to prescribe life-ending medication. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports state Department of Health officials say they are ...

Big Island panel advances vacation rental regulations

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island panel has advanced a measure that would prohibit short-term vacation rentals in residential and agricultural zones. West Hawaii Today reports the Hawaii County Council Planning Committee approved the measure’s fifth draft Tuesday after the ordinance has been ...

Two dead in Honolulu house fire

HONOLULU (AP) — Fire officials say two people, an adult and a child, have been found dead after a fire at the home of a Honolulu police officer. Honolulu Acting Police Chief Jonathon Grems says in a statement the department is supporting the officer during “this heartbreaking tragedy.” ...

Hawaii coalition opposes constitutional convention

HONOLULU (AP) — A coalition of Hawaii unions, businesses and environmentalists is urging residents to vote in November against a state constitutional convention. The purpose of the convention would be to amend or rewrite Hawaii’s Constitution. “The groups coming together in opposition of ...

Big Island police shoot, kill woman who rammed them

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Police on the Big Island say officers have shot and killed a woman who rammed a stolen vehicle into them. Police say Puna patrol officers were conducting routine beat checks early Friday when they saw a Toyota 4Runner parked on a dirt trail near the ocean. As officers ...

Officials fear hotel strike could extend to 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials are worried a strike involving about 2,700 Marriott hotel workers in Hawaii could continue into next year. The strike, which calls for higher wages, better benefits and safer working conditions, began Oct. 7 and continued through the end of the week, the Honolulu ...

Lawmakers mull pleas for disaster fund

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are preparing for a series of requests and proposals to help fund disaster-recovery efforts following a run of storms, wildfires and eruptive volcanic activity. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a release Saturday by the state House says Hawaii County ...

Honolulu mayor signs bills banning sleeping on pubic sidewalks

Officers must verify, offer shelter space HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has signed into law two measures banning obstructing and sleeping on public sidewalks. Caldwell said the bills signed Thursday aim to keep sidewalks clear for pedestrians, but opponents claim the ...

Ige names former campaign manager for appeals court

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has nominated his high school friend and former campaign manager for a seat on the state Intermediate Court of Appeals. The Democratic governor’s nomination of Keith Hiraoka, 59, comes more than a year after Ige nominated him to become a First ...

Guam pushes for native-only vote on U.S. relationship

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The question before a panel of U.S. appeals court judges: Should non-native residents of Guam have a say in the territory’s future relationship with the United States? Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

Muslim woman in Hawaii claims license renewal discrimination

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Muslim woman who wears a hijab was discriminated against while trying to renew her Hawaii driver’s license, a civil liberties group said in a complaint letter Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii sent a ...

Gecko butt-dials a ‘bazillion’ times from Hawaii seal hospital

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals, you were butt-dialed. Or, more specifically, foot-dialed. By a gecko. Marine mammal veterinarian Claire Simeone was at lunch ...

Big Island park records 15K visitors

Guest numbers are on par with past Septembers, when visitation typically falls HILO (AP) — More than 15,000 people have visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park since it partially reopened last month, according to the National Park Service. The park reopened on National Public Lands Day ...

Kavanaugh inks op-ed in appeal to undecided

Says he 'might have been too emotional' at hearing By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday he “might have been too emotional” when testifying about sexual misconduct allegations as he made a final ...

7 researchers evacuated from remote Pacific atoll as storm nears

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Seven researchers have been evacuated from a remote atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands as a powerful hurricane headed their way, officials said Wednesday. A research vessel picked up the seven from French Frigate Shoals, said ...

Workers from wildlife refuge evacuated from Pacific storm’s path

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard has evacuated four workers from a remote wildlife refuge in the path of a powerful hurricane in the Pacific. A Coast Guard plane from Hawaii picked up the Fish and Wildlife Service workers on Monday from Johnston ...