Hawaii News

Rail project prompts special session

The Associated Press State lawmakers will be back at work for a special session this summer to discuss funding for Honolulu’s troubled rail mass transit project. This past session, the state’s four counties were alarmed when lawmakers considered tapping transient accommodations tax ...

Coral bleaching event easing

By SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A mass bleaching of coral reefs worldwide is finally easing after three years, U.S. scientists announced Monday. About three-quarters of the world’s delicate coral reefs were damaged or killed by hot water in what scientists say was ...

Residents wary about hotel public-shoreline easement

HONOLULU (AP) — Oahu residents attended a neighborhood board meeting Thursday to share how they feel about the Kahala Hotel & Resort’s attempts to obtain a rare, nonexclusive easement to use about an acre of public shoreline for commercial enterprises. The Oahu hotel’s Japan-based ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Observatory case goes to Supreme Court HILO — The case of whether or not an astronomical observatory can be built on land claimed to be sacred by Native Hawaiians is on its way back to the state Supreme Court. The high court accepted an appeal this month of a ...

Suit seeks review of agribusiness operations in Hawaii

LIHUE (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that an agribusiness company broke Hawaii law by failing to conduct an environmental review before starting operations. Community group Ke Kauhulu o Mana, Surfrider Foundation, Kohola Leo and the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action filed the suit Tuesday ...

Thirty Meter Telescope case in judge’s hands

HILO (AP) — The time has come for former Circuit Judge Riki May Amano to weigh the facts and make her recommendation on the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Tuesday marked the deadline for responses to the final arguments submitted two weeks ago by the hearing’s parties. There ...

2 die in murder-suicide

HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities have identified the 42-year-old man and 7-year-old boy who were killed Tuesday in what is believed to be a murder-suicide. Gerald Aikau and his son Reef Aikau were killed, authorities said. Reef was discovered in his bedroom, while Gerald Aikau was found dead ...

Turtle monitoring ramps up as nesting season gets underway

HILO (AP) — The green turtle and the more elusive hawksbill turtle come ashore to nest this time of year in the Hawaiian Islands. A team of three researchers are camped out, waiting for them to arrive. The researchers will stay at their spot for up to five months, monitoring how many ...

State urges court to keep hold on Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Hawaii told the Supreme Court Monday that letting the Trump administration enforce a ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries would “thrust the country back into the chaos and confusion” that resulted when the policy was first announced in January. The ...

Kauai energy project could surpass 2030 renewable goal

LIHUE (AP) — An energy project on Kauai could set the island on a track to surpass the goal of 70 percent energy generation from renewable resources by 2030. Kauai Island Utility Cooperative officials presented a progress report on the pumped storage hydro project last week. The project ...

Sentencing delayed as search for boy continues

HONOLULU (AP) — Sentencing is being delayed for a man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his son, who disappeared 20 years ago. Peter Kema Sr. was scheduled to be sentenced Friday. Deputy Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Rick Damerville said that the hearing was postponed ...

Hawaiian monk seal tagged by researchers dies in fishing net

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal that researchers have been studying since its birth has been found dead after getting stuck in a fishing net. The seal was found last week on the coast of Oahu, KHON-TV reported. Beachgoers tried to save the seal but it was too late. National Oceanic and ...

Report: Native Hawaiian men in worse health than woman

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs has released a report concluding that Native Hawaiian men are in considerably worse health than women. The state office’s findings were released last week, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Native Hawaiian women have lower rates of ...

State / In Brief

Fireworks trial ends in not guilty verdicts HONOLULU — A federal jury has found a Hawaii man and his company not guilty of mishandling fireworks involved in a deadly explosion. Jurors on Tuesday acquitted Charles Donaldson and Donaldson Enterprises of storing and treating hazardous waste ...

Firms suspected of illegally harvesting eucalyptus trees

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The Kamehameha Schools is accusing two companies of illegally harvesting eucalyptus trees on the private district’s properties along the Hamakua Coast. The Kamehameha Schools filed a complaint in the 3rd Circuit Court against Jonathan Spies and his companies Hamakua ...

Hawaii’s congressional delegation tries to stop farmer’s deportation

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii’s congressional delegation is urging U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to stop the deportation of a Hawaii coffee farmer. Andres Magana Ortiz is ordered to report to U.S. immigration officials in ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Vertical school to be built in Hawaii HONOLULU — State officials released the design plans for an upcoming school inside an affordable housing complex. The so-called vertical school will be located on the first four floors of an upcoming residential apartment ...

State officials urge residents to get mumps vaccination

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials are urging all residents born in or after 1957 to get a mumps vaccination if they haven’t already done so. The state Health Department announced Thursday that 16 additional people have mumps, which brings the state’s 2017 total to 81 cases. The total ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Japan Airlines to fly to Big Island KAILUA-KONA — Japan Airlines will resume nonstop daily flights between Tokyo and Kona after cutting the route in 2010 because of financial struggles. The flights will travel between Narita International Airport and Kona ...

‘Ono’ eatery closing after 57 years

HONOLULU (AP) — A longtime restaurant in Honolulu featuring authentic Hawaiian cuisine is preparing to close its doors after serving customers for more than 50 years. Ono Hawaiian Foods will serve its final meal in August. Kevin Shimabukuro, whose family owns the restaurant, said the ...