Hawaii News

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 ...

Democrat who wins state primary likely to take House seat

By SOPHIA YAN The Associated Press HONOLULU — Coming off a high-profile challenge of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, it seemed that Hawaii Lt. Gov. Doug Chin would parlay that name recognition into a U.S. House seat. U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is not running for re-election, and ...

Police looking for shooter on the Big Island

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Hawaii island authorities are looking for the person responsible for a shooting in the Honaunau area that left one man dead and two others injured. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says the incident was first reported on Saturday afternoon. Hawaii County Fire Department ...

Man dead, police dog is injured in 7-hour standoff

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police shot and killed a man after he began stabbing a police dog with an arrow near the end of a seven-hour standoff, authorities said. The 32-year-old man was shot three times Saturday morning and died at a hospital, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard ...

Museum’s fate uncertain as crater grows

HILO (AP) — Officials say the Volcanoes National Park museum might not reopen because erupting Kilauea volcano could make the site unusable. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports artifacts from the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum were being removed last week as park staff observed a number of cracks ...

Teacher shortage becoming a growing concern in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — The number of Hawaii teachers quitting their jobs and leaving the state is becoming a growing concern. The Department of Education’s employment reports show that 411 teachers resigned and left the state from 2016-17, up from 223 in 2010. Fewer graduates from Hawaii ...

Big Island officials reject temporary tax hike

HILO, (AP) — Big Island officials have killed a measure that would have temporarily raised the general excise tax by 0.25 percent and plugged a $5 million budget hole. The Hawaii County Council voted down the bill Tuesday and will instead make cuts to account for the budget ...

Sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack is reburied in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — A sailor who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was reburied at a Colorado cemetery on Thursday after his previously unknown remains were identified through DNA. Wallace Eakes was buried with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery. About 100 people, ...

Chunk of USS Arizona heading to Texas war memorial

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — An 800-pound chunk from the USS Arizona battleship that sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor is heading to Texas for display at a war memorial. The Texas Panhandle War Memorial in Amarillo will receive the rusted steel plate and ...

Giant telescope case argued before state Supreme Court again

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The state Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in an appeal that could determine whether an embattled multi-nation telescope project can be built on a mountain Native Hawaiians consider sacred or have to move to a backup site in ...

Bill seeks historic site status for Oahu internment camp

HONOLULU (AP) — A bill going before Congress would designate a World War II internment camp on Oahu as a national historic site, allowing it access to more protections and funding. The Honouliuli Internment Camp opened in 1943 to hold hundreds of Japanese-Americans and thousands of prisoners ...

AP Fact Check: Kilauea volcano not raining gems

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii island is not causing crystals to rain from the sky despite reports of residents finding little green gems in the area. “Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Is Literally Raining ...

Monk seal deaths linked to parasite

HONOLULU (AP) — The three monk seals found dead on Oahu last month were killed by the parasite found in cat feces, Hawaii officials said. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration veterinarians determined that toxoplasmosis caused the deaths of two adult female seals and a female ...

Caldwell vetoes bill to limit Uber ‘surge’ fares

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor has vetoed a bill aimed at setting limits for what ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft can charge during peak demand. Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday he wants to see new technology blend with old. The bill sought to prevent “surge pricing” ...

Pearl Harbor survivor bids aloha to Hawaii

Ray Emory spent a lifetime working to honor, remember wartime dead By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press PEARL HARBOR — Nearly eight decades ago, Ray Emory, then a young sailor, watched in disbelief as Japanese torpedoes tore into American ships in Pearl Harbor. Emory survived the ...

Visitor support agency sets fundraiser

Money will go to help travelers in need of assistance HONOLULU (AP) — The Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, or VASH, a nonprofit agency that responds to Hawaii visitors in distress, is in need of more resources to meet growing demands. The agency, in conjunction with the Waikiki Improvement ...

Hawaiian, Japan airlines seek to coordinate flights

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have submitted paperwork seeking to join forces to potentially bring hundreds of thousands of more people to Hawaii. The airlines have recently filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Japanese government ...