Hawaii News

Japanese royal couple in Hawaii on first official U.S. visit

By SOPHIA YAN and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Prince Akishino, the second son of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, and his wife, Princess Kiko, are making their first official visit together to the U.S. The Japanese royal couple is in Hawaii this week as part of a yearlong ...

Kilauea makes tourism difficult to project

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — With Kilauea volcano erupting, Hawaii tourism officials say it has been nearly impossible to predict revenue generated from visitors. Numbers released last week by the Hawaii Tourism Authority show the state saw a 13.4 percent increase in visitor spending in April, West ...

Military identifies remains found on Oahu as World War II aviator

HONOLULU (AP) — Remains recovered in 2016 from mountainous terrain near Kahuku Point have been identified as a lost World War II aviator. Navy Reserve Ensign Harold P. DeMoss, 21, was circling Oahu on a night training flight with two other F6F-3 Hellcats on June 23, 1945, when his plane ...

Lava evacuations impact Hawaii island’s rental, homeless housing

685 lava victims have contacted the homeless shelter in Puna for help HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials have reached a crossroad between providing shelter for volcano eruption evacuees and holding steady on a push to regulate rental and homeless housing. Democrat state Rep. Joy San ...

Lava flows cut off access to more Hawaii neighborhoods

HONOLULU (AP) — A lava flow from the erupting Kilauea volcano has cut off access to Kapoho and Vacationland on Hawaii’s Big Island, officials said Saturday. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency also said vigorous lava eruptions are continuing in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna ...

Lava burns buildings at geothermal plant

By SOPHIA YAN The Associated Press HONOLULU — Lava has burned down two buildings at a geothermal plant near Hawaii island’s Kilauea volcano. A substation and adjacent warehouse that stored a drilling rig at the Puna Geothermal Venture were covered by lava Wednesday, according to a ...

Suspect charged after shooting in evacuation zone

Video shows John Hubbard of Leilani Estates firing a gun, threatening another By SOPHIA YAN The Associated Press HONOLULU — Police have charged a man they say is seen on video shoving another man and firing a gun in a mandatory evacuation zone near the erupting Kilauea volcano on the Big ...

Current lava flows are hottest, fastest of latest eruption

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — The hottest and fastest-moving lava of Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption spread across new parts of the Big Island Wednesday, forcing officials to order evacuations in two coastal neighborhoods over fears that the rapidly advancing flows ...

Lava crosses key highway, destroys utility poles

By SOPHIA YAN The Associated Press HONOLULU — Lava crossed a key highway in the mostly rural district of the Big Island where Kilauea volcano was erupting, local authorities in Hawaii said Tuesday. Highway 132 connects the commercial center of Pahoa with smaller towns and farms in the ...

Hawaii officials order some residents to flee from fast-moving lava

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County officials are knocking on doors on several streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision alerting residents to flee fast-moving lava from Kilauea volcano. Evacuation orders were issued Monday evening for anyone in the area east of Pomaikai Street to avoid being ...

2 hikers rescued from Oahu’s shuttered Haiku Stairs Trail

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu firefighters rescued two people at the Haiku Stairs Trail. The Star-Advertiser reports that the hikers were rescued Sunday with assistance from a helicopter. The two visiting men began their hike Sunday morning from the Moanalua area to access the Haiku Stairs, and ...

Honolulu inmates find new life behind bars as medical aides

HONOLULU (AP) — Chris Almeida and Benjamin Pada are both inmates at Halawa Correctional Facility in Honolulu County. But they feel they now have a new purpose working as medical aides in the prison infirmary, doing mostly janitorial work but also helping care for inmates who are older and ...

Besides lava and ash, Hawaii volcano is pumping out vog

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has had it all over the past three weeks: molten rock shooting toward the sky, lava oozing from the ground and ash clouds rising miles into the air. You can also add vog to the ...

Shortage of taro crop expected after rains swamp farms

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Farmers on the island of Kauai say their state should brace for a shortage of its taro crop, a staple of the traditional Hawaiian diet, after record-breaking rains flooded their fields. The deluge hit the north shore community of Hanalei ...

Governor bans conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige last week signed into law a bill that bans therapists from offering “conversion therapy” to LGBTQ youths under the age of 18. “The overwhelming scientific research has shown that conversion therapy is not effective and frequently has lasting, harmful ...

Arizona Memorial closed indefinitely

HONOLULU (AP) — Damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely, officials said. Boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the ...

Officials: 82 structures lost to lava

The Associated Press Hawaii County officials say the number of structures lava has destroyed on the Big Island is now 82. County Managing Director Wil Okabe told The Associated Press Friday that the number includes about 37 homes. He says officials used property records to determine which ...

Sheriffs arrest Oahu detainee

HONOLULU (AP) — State sheriffs have arrested an Oahu Community Correctional Center detainee who was mistakenly released. The Department of Public Safety says 25-year-old Winston Kailimai was mistakenly released Wednesday instead of transferred to the state hospital. He was sentenced ...

Volcanic ash swamps Big Island schools, leaving a gray dust

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Aina Akamu gave final exams to his students as they sat on bleachers or the floor of the basketball court in the gym in his small town on the Big Island. He moved his class to the community of Pahala’s gym nearby after he ...

Lava from Kilauea volcano now entering ocean from 3 flows

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Lava entered the ocean from a third flow Thursday, marking the third week of Kilauhea volcano’s eruption that has opened up nearly two dozen vents in rural communities, destroyed dozens of buildings and shot miles-high plumes of ...