Hawaii News

Nation’s lowest unemployment rate is no paradise for Hawaii

By AUDREY McAVOY and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Are there downsides to a low unemployment rate? In Hawaii, which has the United States’ lowest jobless rate at a minuscule 2.1 percent, the answer is yes. Employers are frustrated by their inability to find ...

‘Magnum P.I.’ mansion on Oahu set to be demolished

HONOLULU (AP) — The house made famous in the “Magnum P.I.” TV series has been scheduled for demolition. Hawaii News Now reported Tuesday that a demolition permit was issued last week because the building is in disrepair. The 8,900 square-foot Waimanalo mansion was purchased for $8.7 ...

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The Associated Press Hiker dies after fall at Olomana Trail HONOLULU — A hiker has died after falling from the third peak of Olomana Trail in Maunawili. Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Kevin Mokulehua said firefighters were told Sunday morning that a hiker in his late 20s fell from the ...

State quashes plan for satellite catapult

HONOLULU (AP) — A California-based company will not be installing its proposed Hawaii satellite catapult at Pohue Bay on the southern tip of the Big Island. The company, SpinLaunch Inc., wanted to launch satellites into space using a catapult. But after community opposition, a Senate ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Man attacked by shark off Big Island HILO — State officials say a man has been seriously hurt in a shark attack, prompting authorities to close part of a beach on the Big Island. State Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman Dan Dennison said in an email ...

Demolition completed for ’60s hotel on Big Island

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A 1960s Hawaii hotel has been removed from the site where an education center will be constructed. The only remnants left from the Keauhou Beach Hotel were piles of concrete that will be hauled away to be recycled, West Hawaii Today reported Friday. Built in 1969, the ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press High school gets state-approved imu HONOLULU — Mililani High School has on its campus the first state-approved imu — a traditional Hawaiian underground oven that starts with a pit and lots of rocks and ends with a slow-cooked Kalua pig. The school recently used ...

Doctor-assisted suicide close to becoming law

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that would make it the latest liberal-leaning state to legalize medically assisted suicide. The all-Democratic state Senate voted 23-2 to pass the measure that has already cleared the House. It ...

University of Hawaii concert scam sentencing postponed

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU  — Sentencing has been postponed again for a North Carolina man who prosecutors say scammed the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 by lying about his ability to secure Stevie Wonder for a fundraiser concert. Marc Hubbard was ...

Observer on sunken boat ‘traumatized’

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — The wife of a federal observer who was aboard the fishing vessel that sank off the coast of Hawaii over the weekend said Wednesday that her husband, a humorous adventurer and outdoorsman, was shaken by the dramatic event. Steve Dysart was ...

Owner: Rogue waves sank fishing vessel

HONOLULU (AP) — The owner of a fishing vessel that sank off Hilo over the weekend says two rogue waves hit the boat, swamping it and forcing the crew to abandon ship. Loc Nguyen, owner of the Honolulu-based longline fishing vessel Princess Hawaii, says the waves crashed, knocking five ...

Fishing boat sinks, crew saved off Hilo

Crew found floating in life raft 400 miles from shore By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — A commercial fishing crew and a federal observer were rescued after their vessel sank and they spent hours in a life raft hundreds of miles off the coast of the Big Island, the U.S. Coast ...

Confusion, relief, anger in 911 calls during missile scare

HONOLULU (AP) — “Is that missile alert for real?” “Is a missile coming?” “Is there even a shelter here on the island?” “Who in the world would do such a thing?” Confused callers barraged 911 dispatchers after the state mistakenly sent a blast to cellphones and ...

Ex-congressman Djou quits GOP, citing Trump

HONOLULU (AP) — A former congressman from Hawaii said Monday he’s leaving the Republican Party because of President Donald Trump and the failure of fellow party members to stand up to him. Charles Djou, who represented Honolulu in the U.S. House from 2010 to 2011, wrote in an opinion piece ...

First Hawaiian monk seals of 2018 born

HONOLULU (AP) — The first two Hawaiian monk seals pups of 2018 have been born. One was was born on Lanai and the other on the Big Island, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported last week. Stacie Robinson, research ecologist for the National Association and Atmospheric Association’s ...

Candidate fights off ‘anti-LGBT preacher’ claims

Chin has been unable to shake a decades-old rant seen as anti-gay By AUDREY McAVOY, The Associated Press HONOLULU — A well-known Democratic candidate for Congress who gained notoriety opposing President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting mostly Muslim countries is being forced to ...

Agency that sent false missile alert gets a new leader

By AUDREY McAVOY, The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii on Friday appointed a retired Navy captain to lead an overhaul of the state Emergency Management Agency two months after an employee mistakenly sent an alert warning of a ballistic missile attack. Thomas Travis has commanded a ...