Hawaii News

Deal falls through to send ship from Hawaii to Scotland

HONOLULU (AP) — A deal has fallen through to send a late 19th century ship from Honolulu to Scotland. Scotland-based Save Falls of Clyde International canceled the ship scheduled to pick up the historic vessel on Feb. 3, citing logistical problems, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

State judge upholds ‘gut and replace’

HONOLULU (AP) — A state judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit challenging the state Legislature’s “gut and replace” tactic of passing bills that have been stripped of their original content and replaced with entirely different details. The League of Women Voters of Honolulu and Common ...

Tulsi Gabbard formally launches campaign for president

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii Democrat known for bucking the party establishment and for criticizing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, formally launched her campaign for president with a video posted online Thursday. Gabbard ...

Hawaii man suspected of attempted murder surrenders

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man wanted on suspicion of attempted murder surrendered to police because he thought they were closing in on him, his attorney said. Honolulu police arrested 41-year-old Bronson Gouveia near the Helemano Military Reservation in Wahiawa on Monday after he had been ...

Beverage company opposes trademark for Hawaii-grown coffee

HONOLULU (AP) — A Sweden-based beverage company has opposed the trademark application filed by a Hawaii company for a coffee product. Attorneys for The Absolut Co. filed a notice of opposition for the application last year, arguing that Kaholo Coffee is “confusingly similar” to the ...

State senator to seek US House seat held by Gabbard

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii state senator plans to run for the U.S. House seat held by Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Democrat Kai Kahele announced his plans Monday. Kahele, a Native Hawaiian, is the Hawaii Senate’s majority floor leader and a major in the Hawaii Air National Guard. He was ...

Postal Service will keep open historic Kauai post office

LIHUE (AP) — A historic post office on Kauai will remain open after the U.S. Postal Service reversed a decision to shut it down. The service had announced its decision to close the Lihue Post Office in December 2017, prompting hundreds of letters and coconuts to be sent to the service in ...

Lamb stolen from Big Island animal shelter

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A lamb named Loa was stolen from a Big Island animal shelter and another sheep injured in the theft had to be euthanized, officials said. Hawaii Island Humane Society staff discovered the months-old lamb was missing from the Waimea shelter Monday, West Hawaii ...

Gabbard apologizes for past LGBTQ statements

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday responded to criticism about her past work advocating against gay rights by apologizing in a video. The nearly four-minute-long clip, which was shot in her Washington, D.C. ...

State sets earlier closing time for Iolani Palace grounds

HONOLULU (AP) — The grounds of the Honolulu palace of the Hawaiian monarchy will close earlier to eliminate the potential for vandalism and vagrancy, officials said. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced this week that the Iolani Palace State Monument will close at 6 ...

4 arrests after men occupy OHA lobby

HONOLULU (AP) — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs says 12 people forced their way into the state agency’s lobby and assaulted two staff members. A statement from the agency says the 12 forcibly removed staff members from the lobby of their Honolulu office and occupied the lobby. Honolulu ...

Divers swim with great white

HONOLULU (AP) — Divers monitoring a rotting whale carcass off the shores of Oahu this week found themselves face-to-face with a massive great white shark, prompting state officials to warn recreational divers and snorkelers to stay out of the water near the dead sperm whale amid reports some ...

Hawaii lawmakers consider minimum wage hike

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Lawmakers gathering for the first day of a new legislative session said Wednesday they will consider raising the state’s minimum wage. The state last boosted its minimum wage in 2014, when legislation gradually increased it from ...

Audit: Consultants hold key jobs in Honolulu rail agency

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Private consultants hold key senior positions inside the Honolulu agency building the city’s rail line, yet the agency fails to consistently monitor their performance, the state auditor’s second report on the enormously over-budget rail ...

Huge trash-collecting boom heads to the Big Island for fix

HILO (AP) — A trash collection device that broke apart while deployed in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii was scheduled to arrive to the Big Island on Sunday. The 2,000-foot long floating boom was being towed to Hilo after its support crew discovered that a structural ...

Honolulu city attorney targeted in federal corruption probe

HONOLULU — The city of Honolulu’s chief legal officer received a target letter linked to an ongoing federal corruption investigation sparked by allegations that a now-retired police chief and his former prosecutor wife framed a relative for stealing their home mailbox. The target letter ...

Son sentenced for killing, dismembering mom

HONOLULU — A man who admitted to killing and dismembering his mother during an argument in their Honolulu apartment has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Yu Wei Gong was charged with murder after he called police in 2017 to turn himself in after a suicide attempt. He admitted killing his ...

Housing returns to agenda for lawmakers this year

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers plan to once more tackle the state’s housing shortage as they gather for a new session this week. The Senate is expected to consider a proposal from Sen. Stanley Chang, who wants the state to build high-density apartment buildings on state land near stops along ...

Tourism industry keeping Pearl Harbor visitors’ center open

Donations will keep popular site afloat for at least a week HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii tour companies, hotels and airlines are pitching in more than $50,000 to keep the USS Arizona Memorial visitors’ center open during the federal government shutdown. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports ...

Whales to be counted amid shutdown

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — An annual humpback whale count in Hawaii will take place despite the federal government shutdown. West Hawaii Today reported Friday that volunteers from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will coordinate this season’s Ocean Count, a community citizen science ...