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The Associated Press Test confirms dad’s story about remains HONOLULU — A polygraph has confirmed that the father of a Big Island boy who went missing 20 years ago is telling the truth about where he dumped his son’s remains. Prosecutors said Monday that Peter Kema took the test ...

North Kona restricted water use widens as 5th well goes down

KAILUA-KONA — All residents in North Kona have been ordered to restrict water use and cease all irrigation after another well went down on the Big Island, bringing Hawaii County Department of Water Supply’s total number of downed wells to five. West Hawaii Today reports the department ...

Telescope protesters oppose ‘peace park’

The Maui News The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority will be holding informational meetings countywide in July on grants supporting Hawaiian culture, the state’s natural resources and community-based events. The funding for 2018 programs will be awarded through a request for proposals process ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press 3 men survive plane crash on Oahu HONOLULU — Emergency responders say there are no major injuries after a small plane carrying three men crashed Friday near a Honolulu freeway. Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins said that the men were alert and ...

Endangered monk seal gives birth on Waikiki beach

HONOLULU (AP) — An endangered Hawaiian monk seal has given birth on a Waikiki beach — the first such birth in at least several decades. The seal was born late Wednesday or early Thursday, said Angela Amlin, coordinator for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Program. Mother and pup attracted ...

Workers’ comp insurer drops Hawaii pot firms

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s largest workers’ compensation insurer is canceling insurance policies for seven medical marijuana dispensaries preparing to open this summer. Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co., citing concerns over criminal liability since the drug is considered illegal by ...

Law alerts authorities when criminals seek gun permits

HONOLULU (AP) — A new Hawaii law requires notifying law enforcement when someone prohibited from owning a firearm tries to get a gun permit. Gov. David Ige signed the bill Thursday. Under the law, if someone prohibited from owning a firearm tries to get a permit, law enforcement must be ...

Aides: Hirono surgery was successful

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aides to Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono, who is being treated for kidney cancer, say surgery to remove a lesion on her rib went well. The surgery was Tuesday. Aides tweeted on her account late Tuesday, “Sen. Hirono is in the recovery room after a successful surgery. Mahalo ...

3 years’ probation for unruly airline passenger

HONOLULU (AP) — A man whose disruptive behavior prompted a New York City-bound flight to return to Honolulu was sentenced Monday to three years of probation. James August pleaded guilty in February to interfering with a flight crew. He said he doesn’t remember what happened, but doesn’t ...

Health care bill could cost state billions in Medicaid

HONOLULU (AP) — The approval of the U.S. Senate’s recently unveiled health care plan would force a $2 billion reduction in Hawaii’s Medicaid program over the next ten years, according to the state’s program administrator. A report issued by the Congressional Budget Office on Monday ...

Stage 4 cancer not stopping Mazie Hirono

Senator preparing for second surgery in Washington, D.C. HONOLULU (AP) — The next step in Sen. Mazie Hirono’s battle with stage four kidney cancer is to undergo surgery to remove part of a rib where a second tumor has been found. Hirono had one of her kidneys removed last month after ...

Retesting for lead exposure urged

The Maui News State Department of Health officials are advising parents and guardians with children younger than 6 years old that they may need to be retested for lead exposure. The advisory applies to children younger than 6 who had a venous blood lead test taken before May 17. If so, ...

Intercept attempt fails in missile defense test

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said it failed to intercept a ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii. The failure came during a test conducted with Japan’s Defense Ministry late Wednesday. The U.S. and Japan are jointly developing the ...

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Big Island

The Associated Press HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — A magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit off the coast of the Big Island at 10:09 a.m. Wednesday, but there have been no reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the earthquake was located ...

Businesses struggle to find workers

HONOLULU (AP) — State officials say the unemployment rate in Hawaii is the lowest it has been in 10 years. Businesses statewide are having a tough time finding workers, as the state’s minimum wage isn’t enough to draw employees, said State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations ...

Domestic violence caseloads increase 615 percent

HONOLULU (AP) — Domestic violence caseloads for Honolulu police skyrocketed 615 percent from 2013 to 2016, largely because of a 2014 law change that reclassified abuse suspected in the presence of children under age 14 to be classified as felonies, according to a report released by the ...

Rail project prompts special session

The Associated Press State lawmakers will be back at work for a special session this summer to discuss funding for Honolulu’s troubled rail mass transit project. This past session, the state’s four counties were alarmed when lawmakers considered tapping transient accommodations tax ...

Coral bleaching event easing

By SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A mass bleaching of coral reefs worldwide is finally easing after three years, U.S. scientists announced Monday. About three-quarters of the world’s delicate coral reefs were damaged or killed by hot water in what scientists say was ...

Residents wary about hotel public-shoreline easement

HONOLULU (AP) — Oahu residents attended a neighborhood board meeting Thursday to share how they feel about the Kahala Hotel & Resort’s attempts to obtain a rare, nonexclusive easement to use about an acre of public shoreline for commercial enterprises. The Oahu hotel’s Japan-based ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Observatory case goes to Supreme Court HILO — The case of whether or not an astronomical observatory can be built on land claimed to be sacred by Native Hawaiians is on its way back to the state Supreme Court. The high court accepted an appeal this month of a ...