Hawaii News

Big Island police shoot, kill woman who rammed them

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Police on the Big Island say officers have shot and killed a woman who rammed a stolen vehicle into them. Police say Puna patrol officers were conducting routine beat checks early Friday when they saw a Toyota 4Runner parked on a dirt trail near the ocean. As officers ...

Officials fear hotel strike could extend to 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials are worried a strike involving about 2,700 Marriott hotel workers in Hawaii could continue into next year. The strike, which calls for higher wages, better benefits and safer working conditions, began Oct. 7 and continued through the end of the week, the Honolulu ...

Lawmakers mull pleas for disaster fund

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are preparing for a series of requests and proposals to help fund disaster-recovery efforts following a run of storms, wildfires and eruptive volcanic activity. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a release Saturday by the state House says Hawaii County ...

Honolulu mayor signs bills banning sleeping on pubic sidewalks

Officers must verify, offer shelter space HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has signed into law two measures banning obstructing and sleeping on public sidewalks. Caldwell said the bills signed Thursday aim to keep sidewalks clear for pedestrians, but opponents claim the ...

Ige names former campaign manager for appeals court

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has nominated his high school friend and former campaign manager for a seat on the state Intermediate Court of Appeals. The Democratic governor’s nomination of Keith Hiraoka, 59, comes more than a year after Ige nominated him to become a First ...

Guam pushes for native-only vote on U.S. relationship

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The question before a panel of U.S. appeals court judges: Should non-native residents of Guam have a say in the territory’s future relationship with the United States? Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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 ...