Hawaii News

Gabbard eyes White House run

HONOLULU (AP) — Tulsi Gabbard, a 37-year-old Democratic congresswoman, is eyeing a White House run. The Iraq war veteran has visited New Hampshire and Iowa in recent months and has written a memoir that’s due to be published in May. First elected to the state Legislature at age 21, ...

Historic designation sought for WWII hut

HONOLULU (AP) — A historian and researcher is looking to preserve an old Quonset hut on Oahu that was possibly part of a segregated encampment for black laborers and enlisted men during World War II. Deloris Guttman, who works with the African American Diversity Council Center Hawaii, is ...

Hawaiian crow found dead

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An endangered Hawaiian crow was found dead on the Big Island after it had been released from captivity last year. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the male alala was found with severe wounds on Dec. 6. The Alala Project, which works to restore the crow population, ...

Former Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin joins Honolulu law firm

HONOLULU (AP) — Former Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin has joined a Honolulu law firm following his unsuccessful run for Congress this year. The law firm of Starn, O’Toole, Marcus and Fisher announced Monday the hiring of Chin as a director focusing on commercial litigation and ...

Big Island utility floats rate hike

HILO (AP) — A Big Island utility proposed raising base rates by 3.4 percent to generate $13.4 million in additional revenue. Hawaii Electric Light Co. announced last week the proposal that aims to fund grid modernization efforts, repairs to facilities damaged by the Kilauea volcano ...

Remains of N.Y. sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. military officials say the remains of a New York sailor killed in the Pearl Harbor attack 77 years ago last week have been identified. The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the remains of 26-year-old Fireman 3rd Class Kenneth L. Jayne, of Patchogue on Long Island, have ...

Deputy prosecutor takes leave after federal letter

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s second-highest-ranking prosecutor is taking a leave of absence after receiving a subject letter linked to an ongoing federal corruption investigation. The grand jury investigation has already resulted in corruption-related charges against a retired Honolulu ...

Japanese boat owners charged in shark fin smuggling plot

Indonesian fishers try to take nearly 1,000 shark fins By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins, worth about ...

Hawaiian-language version of ‘Moana’ to be given to schools

HONOLULU (AP) — The 2016 Disney film “Moana” re-recorded in the Hawaiian language will be given to every accredited school across Hawaii. The Hawaiian-language version of the animated film premiered in Hawaii over the summer following a yearlong effort by University of Hawaii faculty ...

50-year-old time capsule removed from Capitol wall

HONOLULU (AP) — State officials have located a time capsule that was entombed in a wall of the state Capitol a half-century ago. Information had been lost about exactly where the time capsule was sealed, KHON-TV reported. “We didn’t know where it really was, and upon doing more ...

Former attorney receives life sentence for killing his mother

In rambling court address, defendant announced he is the Antichrist, immortal HILO (AP) — A former attorney convicted of killing his mother on the Big Island delivered a bizarre, rambling statement to the court during sentencing, telling the judge he had “attained immortality” and is ...

Ige backs biocontrol to fight invasive species

KAIILUA-KONA (AP) — Gov. David Ige has proposed building a $35 million regional biocontrol facility to research ways to control invasive species that threaten the state’s economy and natural environment. Ige advocated for the facility while addressing the Western Governors Association at ...

Ed Case supports Nancy Pelosi for House speaker

Tulsi Gabbard said last month that she plans to back Pelosi HONOLULU (AP) — Ed Case, who is returning to Congress next month, is supporting Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to be speaker of the U.S. House. The Democrat told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that he voted for Pelosi during a ...

Trial set for psychiatric patient charged in escape

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who spent decades in a state psychiatric hospital for killing a woman wants to go to trial on escape and identity theft charges after authorities said he fled the facility and flew to California before being captured, his ...

Work underway to restore road to geothermal plant

HILO (AP) — The operators of a Hawaii island geothermal power plant have started restoring road access to the property cut off by lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption. Big Island Mayor Harry Kim authorized a vegetation removal and grading permit for Puna Geothermal Venture to clear lava ...

Hawaii seeks local beef vendor for Oahu and Big Island schools

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Education is looking for a vendor to provide beef to schools as it continues efforts to locally source food for student lunches. West Hawaii Today reports the department’s School Food Services Branch issued a request for proposals last ...

Pilot seriously injured after military jet crash off Hawaii

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaii Air National Guard civilian contractor was in serious condition Wednesday after his plane crashed off the coast of Honolulu during a military exercise, authorities said. The pilot of the Hawker ...

No psychiatric hospital employee is responsible for patient’s escape

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — No single employee was directly responsible for the escape of a man from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital, a state investigation found, but questions remain about how he was able to walk out of the facility and fly to California, ...

California woman drowns at dangerous Kauai spot

LIHUE (AP) — Rescuers over the weekend called off their search for a California woman swept out to sea from a picturesque but dangerous spot on Kauai’s north shore. The Garden Island newspaper reported 23-year-old Yayun Cheng was the seventh drowning victim in Kauai this year. Cheng ...

State importing brown tree snakes to train dogs to sniff them out

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture is importing four brown tree snakes to be used to train dogs to detect the dangerously invasive species and hopefully prevent the snakes from establishing themselves in the islands. Jonathan Ho, acting manager of the department’s ...