Hawaii News

Hawaii court sides with lesbian couple in B&B case

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaii appeals court ruling that a bed and breakfast discriminated by denying a room to two women because they’re gay will stand after the state’s high court declined to take up the case. Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis ...

Hawaii commission revokes charter for Big Island school

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Public Charter School Commission has revoked a charter contract for a Big Island school after finding nearly two dozen violations. The commission revoked the charter contract Monday for Ka’u Learning Academy for violations that included financial and ...

Firefighter accused of lying to grand jury in Honolulu case

HONOLULU (AP) — A Big Island firefighter is accused of lying to a federal grand jury about his relationship with the Honolulu deputy prosecutor in the fraud and corruption case against her and her police chief husband. Documents filed in federal court Monday claim Katherine Kealoha paid ...

Monk seal exhibit reopens

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii monk seal exhibit is once again open at Waikiki Aquarium after undergoing a $180,000 renovation. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the renovation project, which began in late January, involved complete resurfacing of the swimming area’s concrete lining, newly ...

Judge rules for developer, in Coco Palms land dispute

Resort destroyed by Hurricane Iniki may finally be rebuilt LIHUE (AP) — A Hawaii developer will be able to lay groundwork for a resort in Kauai, ending court dealings in a lengthy property dispute. Circuit Court Chief Judge Randall Valenciano ruled in favor of Coco Palms Hui LLC, owned ...

State aims for polling place in Puna district

HILO (AP) — State election officials aim to open a primary election day polling place in the Big Island district hit hardest by Kilauea volcano’s monthslong eruption. Chief Election Officer Scott Nago told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald his office was in the process of establishing a spot in ...

NASA’s Bradford Smith, tour guide for Voyager, dies

Astronomer Smith was a professor of planetary sciences at UH-Manoa By BERNARD CONDON The Associated Press NEW YORK — Bradford Smith, a NASA astronomer who acted as planetary tour guide to the public with his interpretations of stunning images beamed back from Voyager missions, has ...

Lifeguards rescue 450 during Honolulu ocean party

HONOLULU (AP) — Lifeguards made about 450 rescues, but no one was hospitalized following the Fourth of July “floatilla” ocean party off Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach, authorities said. The celebration was “tame” compared to the last two years, state Department of Land and Natural ...

Kamehameha Schools settles suit involving teacher for $5M

HONOLULU (AP) — Kamehameha Schools has agreed to pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by families of four former students whose teacher is accused of secretly recording them showering in his faculty apartment. The lawsuit claims officials at the private school for students of Hawaiian ...

Analysis: Less than half state judges are female

HONOLULU (AP) — An analysis of online judicial data has found that women hold nearly 40 percent of the judge positions in Hawaii state courts, a slight improvement from 14 years ago. The lower number of female judges is a concern in a state where women make up half of the state’s adult ...

Report: Rail project costs higher than projected

HONOLULU (AP) — A new report on Honolulu’s rail project estimates the price tag to be $8.3 billion, about $134 million more than the city’s projection. The report from independent consultant Jacobs Engineering Group also indicates that the project could be operational by September 2026, ...

Big Island examines more sites for Naalehu sewer plant

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials are examining two more possible sites for a sewer plant in Naalehu after previously evaluating 29 locations. The 29th site was Hawaii County’s most promising location for the $20.3 million project on the southern side of the island, but the ...

Volcano’s cone about as tall as skyscraper

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii volcano that’s been erupting in a residential neighborhood for the past two months has built a cone that’s now about the height of Aloha Tower, an iconic 10-story building in Honolulu. U.S. Geological Survey scientists said Monday the cone is 180 feet high at ...

Leader of Hawaii tourism agency ousted from job

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority board fired the agency’s president and CEO George Szigeti. The board decided “to go in a new direction,” authority Chairman Rick Fried said. “One of the major reasons that we are doing this is the difficulty in the current political ...

Federal agency sues Hawaii health insurance provider

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal civil rights agency has filed a lawsuit against one of Hawaii’s largest health insurance providers, claiming it discriminated against a group of disabled workers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims the Hawaii Medical Service Association ...

Dozens of hammerhead shark pups found dead near Keehi Lagoon shore

HONOLULU (AP) — State authorities are investigating after dozens of baby hammerhead sharks were found dead Tuesday near Keehi Lagoon in Honolulu. The state Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement has opened an investigation following the discovery of 50 to 100 dead shark pups ...

U.S. military aims for $1B missile defense radar in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. military wants to install missile defense radar in Hawaii to identify any ballistic missiles that are fired from North Korea or elsewhere, officials said Tuesday. The $1 billion system would spot warheads on missiles headed for Hawaii and other U.S. states, and ...

Workers of agency that sent false alert seen sleeping

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — An employee of the state emergency agency that mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts about an imminent missile attack earlier this year said he saw staff members watching movies or TV on the job. The worker wrote an email to the ...

Citywide network outage disrupts services on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — A moved wire at a Honolulu municipal building caused a network outage, halting services at satellite city halls and state driver’s licensing centers, officials said. The city’s computer network went down Monday morning, disrupting all city operations that rely on the ...