Hawaii News

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 ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Arizona Memorial loading dock sinks HONOLULU — The National Park Service says the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor will be closed for the rest of the week after the floating dock where visitors board vessels to the site became partially submerged. Boat tours ...

Board approves wild animal show ban

E.K. Fernandez has brought tigers, lions and other wild animals to state HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii panel has approved amended rules prohibiting “dangerous, wild animals” from entering the state for performances, carnivals or circuses. The Hawaii Board of Agriculture voted Tuesday in ...

Ex-police sergeant accused of misdemeanor sex assault

HONOLULU (AP) — A retired Honolulu police sergeant was charged with misdemeanor sex assault after a woman reported that he made unwanted advances while he oversaw her driver’s license road test, officials said. Corbett Roy was arrested this week on three counts of fourth-degree sex ...

Man found guilty in Christmas Day shooting

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man accused of a deadly shooting outside a Honolulu shopping center on Christmas Day has been found guilty. A jury convicted Dae Han Moon on Tuesday of second-degree murder and firearms charges in the death of 20-year-old Stevie Feliciano in 2016. Moon, 22, shot ...

Campaign calls on island tourists to be respectful

Visitors are invited to sign the ‘Pono Pledge’ and share it via social media HILO (AP) — The Big Island visitors bureau and Hawaii County have launched a campaign that aims to create a more conscientious tourism industry on the Big Island. The Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau ...

Volcanoes park to reopen after monthslong eruption

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — The recent eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has quieted to the point that federal officials are ready to allow people back to the dramatically changed summit crater, which has quadrupled in size, lost all of its lava and collapsed ...

Officer shoots, kills man during Honolulu drug arrests

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard says an officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him. Ballard says officers knocked on a door of apartment near Waikiki Thursday to execute a drug search warrant. One of the occupants opened the door and officers then broke down ...

Telling men to ‘step up,’ Hirono strides into spotlight

Hawaii’s senator emerges as strong supporter of Kavanaugh accuser By MARY CLARE JALONICK The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Hawaii’s Sen. Mazie Hirono, one of only four women on the 21-member Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh the same ...

State, Hawaii County appeal firearm ruling

HONOLULU (AP) — The state and Hawaii County are asking the 9th Circuit of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that said Hawaii’s legal requirement for getting a license to carry a firearm in public violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. A three-judge panel reached that ...

Ex-Honolulu chief’s wife resigns as deputy prosecutor before trial

HONOLULU (AP) — The wife of a former Honolulu chief is resigning as a deputy prosecutor nearly a year after a grand jury indicted the couple on corruption-related charges. The Honolulu prosecuting attorney’s office issued a one-sentence news release Monday: “Katherine Kealoha has ...

Ruling keeps Hawaii man hospitalized in ’06 triple murder

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The retired U.S. judge who was tied up after a man allegedly shot and killed three people in Honolulu in 2006 says he’s satisfied with a ruling that dismisses all charges but recommits him to a psychiatric hospital. Capping ...

Hurricane damage to Hawaii County infrastructure totals $20M

HILO — The damage to Hawaii County facilities from the flooding caused by Hurricane Lane’s torrential rains totaled about $20 million, an official said. The figure is only for county infrastructure and doesn’t include damage to state infrastructure such as schools and highways, county ...

Big Island considers adding honesty policy to ethics code

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials are considering adding language to the county’s ethics code requiring officers and employees to provide the public with information that is accurate and factual. The county council voted last week in support of the measure, requiring county ...

Report: Most dams in Hawaii have ‘high hazard potential’

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The vast majority of Hawaii’s state-regulated dams are considered to have “high hazard potential,” according to a 2017 infrastructure report by the American Society of Civil Engineers. One of the 124 dams given that ...