Hawaii News

Owner: Rogue waves sank fishing vessel

HONOLULU (AP) — The owner of a fishing vessel that sank off Hilo over the weekend says two rogue waves hit the boat, swamping it and forcing the crew to abandon ship. Loc Nguyen, owner of the Honolulu-based longline fishing vessel Princess Hawaii, says the waves crashed, knocking five ...

Fishing boat sinks, crew saved off Hilo

Crew found floating in life raft 400 miles from shore By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — A commercial fishing crew and a federal observer were rescued after their vessel sank and they spent hours in a life raft hundreds of miles off the coast of the Big Island, the U.S. Coast ...

Confusion, relief, anger in 911 calls during missile scare

HONOLULU (AP) — “Is that missile alert for real?” “Is a missile coming?” “Is there even a shelter here on the island?” “Who in the world would do such a thing?” Confused callers barraged 911 dispatchers after the state mistakenly sent a blast to cellphones and ...

Ex-congressman Djou quits GOP, citing Trump

HONOLULU (AP) — A former congressman from Hawaii said Monday he’s leaving the Republican Party because of President Donald Trump and the failure of fellow party members to stand up to him. Charles Djou, who represented Honolulu in the U.S. House from 2010 to 2011, wrote in an opinion piece ...

First Hawaiian monk seals of 2018 born

HONOLULU (AP) — The first two Hawaiian monk seals pups of 2018 have been born. One was was born on Lanai and the other on the Big Island, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported last week. Stacie Robinson, research ecologist for the National Association and Atmospheric Association’s ...

Candidate fights off ‘anti-LGBT preacher’ claims

Chin has been unable to shake a decades-old rant seen as anti-gay By AUDREY McAVOY, The Associated Press HONOLULU — A well-known Democratic candidate for Congress who gained notoriety opposing President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting mostly Muslim countries is being forced to ...

Agency that sent false missile alert gets a new leader

By AUDREY McAVOY, The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii on Friday appointed a retired Navy captain to lead an overhaul of the state Emergency Management Agency two months after an employee mistakenly sent an alert warning of a ballistic missile attack. Thomas Travis has commanded a ...

Big Island rooster regulation bill fails to emerge from committee

HILO (AP) — A bill that would have provided a buffer zone between rooster farms and their neighbors failed to pass through the Hawaii County Council committee. Puna Councilwoman Eileen O’Hara’s motion failed to get a second from another council member, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald ...

Hawaii releases redacted recording of missile alert drill

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The state of Hawaii on Thursday released an audio recording of the drill it was running in January when an employee mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts warning of a ballistic missile attack. But the 24-second recording the Hawaii ...

Woman charged with sexual assault of exchange student

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman who recruited international students for study programs in Hawaii has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student, authorities said. An Oahu grand jury on Thursday indicted 36-year-old Rika Shimizu on five counts of second-degree ...

Man says mob threats made him admit to Hawaii concert scam

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who admitted lying about his ability to secure Stevie Wonder for a University of Hawaii fundraising concert said in court documents that he pleaded guilty because he feared prosecutors would reveal his cooperation against East ...

Hawaii telecommunications provider warns of closure, layoffs

HONOLULU (AP) — A struggling Hawaii telecommunications provider has warned the state it could be forced to close and lay off its workforce. Sandwich Isles Communications Inc., which is facing huge federal fines, wrote a letter to the state that said it could have closed as early as Sunday ...

Lien holder on ex-police chief’s home wants it sold

HONOLULU (AP) — An attorney who once represented former Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine against corruption allegations wants the couple’s home sold so he can recoup money they owe him. Kevin Sumida has a lien on the Kealohas’ home, which a credit union has ...

Practice of shipping pigs to Hawaii for slaughter ends

HONOLULU (AP) — The practice of shipping live pigs to Hawaii for slaughter has ended. Industry players said a combination of economic forces, including a long decline in locally raised pigs sent to Oahu’s only slaughterhouse, led importers to quit the business, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Doctor-assisted suicide bill advances in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii House has approved a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients. The House’s action on Tuesday sends the measure to the Senate, which last year overwhelmingly approved a similar bill. The proposal would allow ...

Manoa monkeypod tree to be removed without replacement

HONOLULU (AP) — City officials have confirmed that a large monkeypod tree in Manoa will be removed. The tree residing near the busy five-stop intersection at Manoa Road and Oahu Avenue will be removed next week, Hawaii News Now reported Saturday. A recent inspection found severe decay on ...

Hawaiian to buy Boeing 787 Dreamliners

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines is picking Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner over the Airbus A330 to be what it calls its “flagship aircraft of the future.” Hawaiian said Tuesday it’s signed a non-binding letter of intent to buy 10 Boeing 787-9 planes. It has purchase rights for an ...

Broken fan blade cited in United jet’s engine failure

The Associated Press – Investigators say failure of an engine fan blade caused a United Airlines jet to lose power in one of its two engines over the Pacific last month. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that a fan blade separated and led to the loss of the cover on the ...