Hawaii News

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 ...

Hawaii volcano produces methane and ‘eerie’ blue flames

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as Kilauea volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering a look at a new dimension in the volcano’s weeks-long eruption. The ...

Study: Hawaii lacks access to quality, affordable child care

HONOLULU (AP) — Child Care Aware of America has released a resource map that shows nearly half of Hawaii’s children under the age of 6 lack access to quality, affordable child care. The state has a shortfall of more than 30,000 licensed child care slots, the Star-Advertiser reported ...

Workers plugging energy wells as lava flows nearby

By JAE C. HONG and SOPHIA YAN The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii— Authorities were racing Tuesday to close off production wells at a geothermal plant threatened by a lava flow from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. Workers were capping the 11th and last well at the plant to prevent ...

Eruption is business insurance reminder

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG The Associated Press The eruption of Kilauea volcano is a reminder to business owners, even those nowhere near any of the 169 volcanoes in the U.S., that they could be vulnerable to nature’s most destructive forces. And that they need to be sure they’re insured ...

Toxic cloud caused by Kilauea volcano lava emerges over ocean

By CALEB JONES and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over the Big Island as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more ...

Officials: 3 monk seals found dead on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials are investigating the causes of death for three monk seals that were found on Oahu in the span of one week. An adult female seal identified as RK60 was found floating offshore on Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said in a ...

Coast Guard aids mariner

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard assisted a distressed Canadian mariner after his vessel began taking on water about 80 miles from the Big Island. Watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert Sunday. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry escorted ...

Services held for first Native Hawaiian elected to Congress

Hawaii says ‘a hui hou’ to Daniel Akaka By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The first Native Hawaiian elected to Congress was memorialized Friday at the state Capitol, where he was scheduled to lie in state for 24 hours. Sen. Daniel Akaka died in April at the age of 93 ...

Lava gushes into sea, spewing a new danger

First injury reported as flying lava shatters leg By CALEB JONES and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on the Big Island has gotten more hazardous, sending rivers of molten rock pouring into the ocean Sunday and launching ...

Fresh magma mixes with decades-old lava, taking 4 homes on way to ocean

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Big Island neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sending a flow toward the ocean Saturday. Since a first ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Child contracts rat lungworm on Oahu HONOLULU — A toddler on Oahu has contracted rat lungworm disease, the island’s first case of the year, state health officials said. The state Department of Health confirmed Friday that the parasite was found in the child’s ...

Officials warn residents of fast-moving lava flow

Neighborhoods east of Leilani Estates are now threatened VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials warned residents that fast-moving lava was approaching an area near homes that were previously destroyed by eruptions from Kilauea volcano. Hawaii County Civil Defense said Friday that ...

Experts: Volcano explosions could go for weeks

By SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kablooey! Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano exploded a tall, steely gray column of ash into the sky Thursday, just as scientists warned eight days ago. Experts say the explosive ballistic displays could continue for weeks, and they ...

Residents excited, scared as volcano spews cloud of ash

By CALEB JONES and SOPHIA YAN The Associated Press VOLCANO, Hawaii — A volcano on the Big Island erupted anew Thursday with little sound and only modest fury, spewing a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town. The explosion at the ...

Japan’s prince and princess to visit Hawaii in early June

HONOLULU (AP) — The Japanese government has announced Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko will visit Hawaii for the first time next month. Prince Fumihito, the second son of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, and his wife, Princess Kiko, are expected to visit Oahu from June 4 to June 8, the Honolulu ...

Quakes damage roads as ash spews from Hawaii volcano

By SOPHIA YAN and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Earthquakes were damaging roads and buildings on Hawaii’s Big Island on Wednesday as ash emissions streamed from Kilauea volcano. The strongest shaking was recorded around 8:30 a.m., measured as a 4.4-magnitude earthquake. ...

Insurance payouts uncertain for damage from volcano

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Patricia Deter moved from Oregon to Hawaii to be closer to her two daughters, but the Kilauea volcano burned down her home only a month after she bought it. Now Deter and others who have recently lost homes to the lava-spewing ...