Hawaii News

Former AP, UPI Hawaii bureau chief dies at age 82

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Gordon Sakamoto, one of the first Asian-Americans hired to work in a U.S. bureau of an international news service, died Wednesday at 82. Sakamoto, a former Hawaii bureau chief for The Associated Press, started his journalism career ...

Hawaii sand listings removed by eBay

HILO (AP) — Online auction and sales company eBay has removed multiple listings of sand said to be taken from Hawaii beaches. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Saturday that it asked the company about the listings before they were taken down. Among them was a listing claiming to have sand ...

Man sentenced for statue vandalism on Halloween

HONOLULU (AP) — The 19-year-old accused of spray painting the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole statue in Honolulu’s Waikiki neighborhood on Halloween pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for time served and four hours of community service. Police say Andrew ...

Trump visits Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona memorial

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, The Associated Press JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Oahu — President Donald Trump paid a solemn visit Friday to Pearl Harbor and its memorial to the USS Arizona, a hallowed place he said he had read about, discussed and studied but had never visited until just before ...

Gov. Ige, Airbnb in talks over private tax deal

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige’s administration and Airbnb Inc. are in talks over a private tax agreement that would have the vacation rental company collect taxes from its hosts and then send the money to the state. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that Airbnb officials say ...

Officers plead not guilty in Oahu corruption case

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Honolulu police lieutenant, an officer and a retired major pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges alleging they helped former Chief Louis Kealoha and his deputy prosecutor wife frame a man. Officer Minh Hung “Bobby” Nguyen ...

State’s only public hyperbaric treatment center remains closed

KAIULA-KONA (AP) — Hawaii’s only means of treatment for divers with decompression sickness is remaining closed through November. The University of Hawaii at Manoa announced Oct. 20 that its public hyperbaric treatment center is closed due to “unforeseen circumstances,” West Hawaii ...

Telescope permit decision appealed to high court

HONOLULU (AP) — Opponents of a giant telescope planned for a Big Island mountain are appealing the state land board’s approval of the project’s construction permit. Richard Wurdeman, an attorney representing some of the opponents, filed a notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court on ...

Utah man accused of killing girlfriend, boy arrested in Hawaii

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man killed his girlfriend and her 3-year-old son, then wrapped their bodies in sheets and dumped them in a remote part of the state before they were reported missing two years ago, prosecutors said in charges unsealed ...

3 schools to begin serving more fresh, local food

HILO (AP) — Three Hawaii schools are beginning to serve fresh local food as part of a new program that aims to gradually incorporate more fresh and locally produced food into school meals. Keaau High School, Kalanianaole Elementary School and Keaukaha Elementary School on the Big Island are ...

Two rescued at sea arrive in Japan

By KEN MORITSUGU The Associated Press WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Japan — A U.S. Navy ship carrying two sailors it rescued from their storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific docked today at an American naval base in Japan. Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were standing with the USS ...

Kauai mayor to run for lieutenant governor

HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho has announced he will run for lieutenant governor of Hawaii in 2018. Carvalho’s announcement on Wednesday at the state capitol adds him to a field of four others. His current opponents are Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa and Democrat senators ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Lifeguards rescue 13 in winter waves HONOLULU — Hawaii lifeguards rescued 13 people as powerful waves pounded the northern shores of the island of Oahu, kicking off what officials say is the most dangerous time of the year. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports ...

Son of firefighter files suit

HONOLULU (AP) — The son of a Honolulu firefighter who died in training last year has filed a lawsuit against the city. The son filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Monday on behalf of his father, Cliff Rigsbee, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Rigsbee was on a sled being ...

Rescued women describe their 5 months at sea

By CALEB JONES, The Associated Press HONOLULU — Their engine was crippled, their mast was damaged and things went downhill from there for two women who set out to sail the 2,700 miles from Hawaii to Tahiti. As their 50-foot sailboat drifted helplessly in the middle of the Pacific for ...

Crossing a Honolulu street? Don’t text

HONOLULU (AP) — Of all the beautiful scenery to see in Honolulu, officials want to make sure residents and tourists get a good look at the street. Honolulu this week became the largest city in the U.S. to make it illegal for people to look at cellphones, tablets or video games while crossing ...

Mother of Oahu woman lost at sea for months never gave up

The women lost their engine in bad weather in late May but tried to reach Tahiti using sails By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Two women and their dogs have been rescued after being lost at sea for months while trying to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti. The U.S. Navy rescued the ...

Workers protest job cuts at Oahu newspaper

Marcel Honore (foreground) and others demonstrate during a “Save Hawai‘i News” rally Thursday on Oahu outside the offices of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The rally was organized by the Pacific Media Workers Guild, which represents workers at the state’s largest daily newspaper. More ...

Probation tightened for ‘Peter Boy’ mother

HILO (AP) — The mother of “Peter Boy” Kema, who was sentenced to 10 years of probation in June after being convicted of manslaughter in the death of her son, has been resentenced to a stricter program after violating her terms. Jaylin Kema acknowledged in court on Tuesday that she ...