Hawaii News

Researchers push back against shark protection bill

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Legislation meant to protect Hawaii’s shark population was altered at the 11th hour to remove the apex predators from the bill amid concerns from the scientific community. The bill was intended to extend protections already in place for manta rays to include ...

Preliminary crash report offered

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal investigators have released a preliminary report that offers details but not a cause of a deadly helicopter crash in Hawaii. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that the National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday lists the initial ...

Hirono seeks answers after crash

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. senator is asking federal transportation officials for detailed information about helicopter accidents in the state, a report said. Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono sent letters Tuesday to National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt and Federal Aviation ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Man who stabbed mother sentenced HONOLULU — A Hawaii man who fatally stabbed his mother when he was 16 has received a reduced prison term under young adult sentencing guidelines, reports said. A judge sentenced Kaanoi Kipapa on Tuesday to eight years in prison for ...

Public asked to give space to endangered monk seal

HONOLULU (AP) — The public should give adequate space to ensure the safety of a monk seal that has been resting on an Oahu beach, officials said. The female seal identified as 8-year-old Kaiwi has come onto a Waikiki beach in Honolulu four times in recent days, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

New lawyer for Hawaiian heiress in legal battle over her millions

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge is allowing a 93-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress to switch lawyers in a legal fight over control of her $215 million estate. Abigail Kawananakoa is considered a princess because she’s a descendent of the family that ruled the islands before the overthrow of the ...

Japanese tourist charged in Hawaii sex assault case

HONOLULU (AP) — A Japanese tourist and her husband lured another visitor from Japan to their Waikiki hotel room and sexually assaulted her, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Nagisa and Darrell Dorch with multiple counts of sexual assault. According to court documents the ...

Oahu prison employee found dead in dining hall bathroom

HONOLULU (AP) — A staff cook supervisor at an Oahu prison was found dead in a dining hall bathroom Monday, Department of Public Safety officials said. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Halawa Correctional Facility officials did not provide a cause of death or say whether foul play ...

Hotel to lay off 78 employees

HONOLULU (AP) — The closure of a Hawaii hotel is expected to result in up to 78 employee layoffs. Diamond Resorts has notified 78 workers at The Modern Honolulu that their positions are to be eliminated in the next 30 days, news outlets reported Friday. Unite Here Local 5 labor union ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Missouri subject of restoration project A section of the USS Missouri is being repaired as part of a $3 million restoration project to address rust and other deterioration on the Pearl Harbor memorial ahead of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The ...

Hardships from Kilauea eruption stretch on after 1-year anniversary

More than 700 homes were destroyed; most will never move back By CALEB JONES, The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — A year after a volcano on the Big Island rained lava and gases in one of its largest and most destructive eruptions in recorded history, people who lost their homes and ...

Soldier who fell into crater upgraded to stable status

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier has been upgraded to stable condition after falling into a volcano crater. Park officials say another visitor reported seeing the 32-year-old soldier, who was not named, fall from a 300-foot cliff on Wednesday evening. Officials say he had climbed ...

Big changes coming to Oahu bulky trash pickup

HONOLULU (AP) — Bulky trash pickup is about to change dramatically for some Honolulu residents. The city announced Tuesday that the program would be moving to an appointment-based system for the pickup for about 70,000 single-family and multifamily residential buildings starting June 3, ...

Tentative deal reached in beer suit

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The parent company of a Hawaii brewery agreed on a tentative settlement with the plaintiffs in a lawsuit over allegations that the company’s packaging and advertising misleads customers. Craft Brew Alliance Inc., which owns Kona Brewing Co., reported to investors last ...

Man injured after falling into crater

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK (AP) — A man was seriously injured after crossing a safety barrier and falling into a Big Island volcano crater, authorities said. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park rangers and Hawaii Island fire crews rescued the man Wednesday night after he fell 60 to 70 feet ...

Lawmakers OK all-mail elections, recounts

The Associated Press HONOLULU — State lawmakers passed bills instituting all-mail voting and automatic recounts for races with narrow victory margins, measures they hope will boost voter turnout and confidence in elections. The House and Senate approved the measures Tuesday. The bills ...

Father says son moved to Hawaii to fly tour helicopters

The Associated Press HONOLULU — A 28-year-old man who moved to Hawaii two weeks ago from New Mexico was the pilot who died along with two passengers when a tour helicopter crashed on a street in a Honolulu suburb, his father said Tuesday. Joseph Berridge, who moved from Albuquerque to ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press 1-year probation for Honolulu sergeant . HONOLULU — A Honolulu police sergeant says he was trying to help a childhood friend when he gave her information from a confidential database. Sgt. Daniel Sellers was sentenced to a year of probation Monday for disclosing ...

3 dead after tour helicopter crashes in an Oahu suburb

State representative calls for ending flights over neighborhoods and national parks By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Fire and helicopter parts rained from the sky Monday in a suburban Honolulu community as a tour helicopter crashed and killed all three ...

Tests show high levels of coral-harming chemical

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Officials have found high levels of a chemical commonly used in sunscreen that is believed to harm coral reefs in bay waters off Hawaii’s Big Island. The Kahaluu Bay Education Center commissioned the testing for oxybenzone at five sites in the bay on the island’s ...