Hawaii News

Man says mob threats made him admit to Hawaii concert scam

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who admitted lying about his ability to secure Stevie Wonder for a University of Hawaii fundraising concert said in court documents that he pleaded guilty because he feared prosecutors would reveal his cooperation against East ...

Hawaii telecommunications provider warns of closure, layoffs

HONOLULU (AP) — A struggling Hawaii telecommunications provider has warned the state it could be forced to close and lay off its workforce. Sandwich Isles Communications Inc., which is facing huge federal fines, wrote a letter to the state that said it could have closed as early as Sunday ...

Lien holder on ex-police chief’s home wants it sold

HONOLULU (AP) — An attorney who once represented former Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine against corruption allegations wants the couple’s home sold so he can recoup money they owe him. Kevin Sumida has a lien on the Kealohas’ home, which a credit union has ...

Practice of shipping pigs to Hawaii for slaughter ends

HONOLULU (AP) — The practice of shipping live pigs to Hawaii for slaughter has ended. Industry players said a combination of economic forces, including a long decline in locally raised pigs sent to Oahu’s only slaughterhouse, led importers to quit the business, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Doctor-assisted suicide bill advances in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii House has approved a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients. The House’s action on Tuesday sends the measure to the Senate, which last year overwhelmingly approved a similar bill. The proposal would allow ...

Manoa monkeypod tree to be removed without replacement

HONOLULU (AP) — City officials have confirmed that a large monkeypod tree in Manoa will be removed. The tree residing near the busy five-stop intersection at Manoa Road and Oahu Avenue will be removed next week, Hawaii News Now reported Saturday. A recent inspection found severe decay on ...

Hawaiian to buy Boeing 787 Dreamliners

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines is picking Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner over the Airbus A330 to be what it calls its “flagship aircraft of the future.” Hawaiian said Tuesday it’s signed a non-binding letter of intent to buy 10 Boeing 787-9 planes. It has purchase rights for an ...

Broken fan blade cited in United jet’s engine failure

The Associated Press – Investigators say failure of an engine fan blade caused a United Airlines jet to lose power in one of its two engines over the Pacific last month. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that a fan blade separated and led to the loss of the cover on the ...

Review: Agency is still lacking

HONOLULU (AP) — The agency that oversees the welfare of abused and neglected children throughout the state failed to make some necessary improvements in its operations, according to a federal review. The federal government recently completed its third major evaluation of Hawaii’s Child ...

UH vows improvements on sex harassment compliance

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii at Manoa failed to fully comply with federal law when handling student reports of sexual harassment and assault, according to a federal review. The university announced Friday it had reached a voluntary resolution agreement with the U.S. Department ...

Honolulu to pay $1 million to woman injured by coconut tree

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council has approved a $1 million settlement with a woman who sued the city for injuries she sustained when a coconut tree struck her in 2012. Ana Krogh-Doyle was a competitive surfer before being struck by the tree at Kuhio Beach Park, the Honolulu ...

Nurse awarded nearly $4M for harassment

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu nurse has been awarded nearly $4 million after an image of a noose was taped to her locker and a racist note was left in her hospital mailbox. A jury on Wednesday awarded former Queen’s Medical Center nurse Ellen Harris $630,000 in general damages and $3.2 ...

Ex-Honolulu police chief aims to fight charges in 2 trials

HONOLULU (AP) — Former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha wants two separate trials to fight allegations stemming from a corruption investigation. Kealoha’s attorney filed a motion Friday asking that an indictment against the former police chief, his deputy prosecutor wife and former ...

Official: Thousands of vacation home owners dodge taxes

HILO (AP) — Owners of more than 6,000 vacation homes on the Big Island have collected money from short-term renters without registering with the state or paying required taxes, a Hawaii tourism official said. Ross Birch, executive director of the Island of Hawaii Visitors, reported the ...

Police union president to retire from force, to resign SHOPO post

HONOLULU (AP) — The president of Hawaii’s police union is retiring. Sgt. Tenari Maafala told The Associated Press Thursday he’s retiring next month from the Honolulu Police Department. He’ll also step down as president of the State of Hawaii Organization of Police ...

Lawsuit: Ex-police chief, wife default on $1M mortgage

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former Honolulu police chief and his wife — a deputy city prosecutor — who are both facing charges in a corruption case, are being sued for failure to pay their home mortgage. The lawsuit filed by Hawaii Central Federal ...

House set to vote on assisted death

HONOLULU (AP) — A measure that would allow terminally ill patients to request prescriptions for lethal doses of medication will soon be getting a vote by the state House of Representatives. The House Health and Human Services and the Judiciary committees Wednesday voted in favor of the bill ...

Former state senator Hee joins race for Hawaii governor

HONOLULU (AP) — Former state senator Clayton Hee is joining the race to be Hawaii governor. The Democrat said Tuesday tax dollars should pay for health care, affordable housing and universal preschool instead of projects like Honolulu’s planned rail line. He says he’s running to stop ...

State lawmakers look to deter, recover salary overpayments

HONOLULU (AP) — State officials are working to reclaim balances on nearly $1.4 million in salary overpayments mistakenly made to public employees as far back as the 1990s. The outstanding balance across state departments was about $394,700 as of Dec. 31 after amounts recovered through ...

Report: Maintenance issues led to crash

HONOLULU (AP) — A tour helicopter was not properly maintained when it crashed into waters near Pearl Harbor two years ago, according to a federal report. The final report from the National Transportation Safety Board indicated that increased inspections by the Federal Aviation ...