Hawaii News

State board accepts utility’s renewable energy blueprint

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has accepted a utility company’s updated plan that details how it will reach the state’s 100 percent renewable energy goal five years ahead of schedule. The plan by Hawaiian Electric Cos. was accepted last week, the Honolulu ...

Caldwell pushes sprinkler legislation

By CALEB JONES, JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hundreds of older high-rise apartment buildings in Honolulu aren’t required to have sprinkler systems, but city officials are pushing for change in the wake of Friday’s deadly 26th-floor ...

Some residents didn’t hear alarms in deadly blaze

By CALEB JONES, The Associated Press HONOLULU — As flames raged through a Honolulu high-rise building Friday afternoon, killing three people and injuring a dozen others, some residents didn’t even realize a blaze had broken out until they opened their doors or saw firefighters racing to ...

Anti-abortion group sues state over new care center law

HONOLULU (AP) — A national anti-abortion religious organization is suing to block a new Hawaii state law that requires family planning and pregnancy care centers to inform women of all their options — including contraception and abortion. The National Institute of Family and Life ...

Honolulu fire victim recalled as talented and caring co-worker

Britt Reller, 54, made a call to his brother saying he was unable to get to their 85-year-old mother before perishing with her in the blaze By CALEB JONES and MARCO GARCIA, The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaiian Airlines in-flight manager called his brother as smoke filled his ...

Oahu high-rise fire kills 3

Authorities say building not equipped with sprinklers By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY, The Associated Press HONOLULU — At least three people died and 12 were injured Friday in a fire at a Honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said, and ...

Ige approves law shifting residents’ taxes

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige has approved a new law that increases income tax rates for the state’s wealthiest residents while also creating a new state earned-income tax credit to ease the state tax burden on some of the state’s poorest working families. The law, which Ige signed ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press 3 accused of fatally starving 9-year-old HILO — A father, mother and grandmother are charged with murder after allegedly starving a 9-year-old girl. Police on the Big Island on Friday arrested 49-year-old Kevin Lehano, 33-year-old Tiffany Stone and 59-year-old ...

Soldier held without bail on terrorism charges

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. soldier accused of wanting to commit a mass shooting after pledging loyalty to the Islamic State group believed the moon landing was faked, questioned the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and thought ...

U.S. judge expands list of relatives exempted from Trump travel ban

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii on Thursday expanded the list of family relationships needed by people seeking new visas from six mostly Muslim countries to avoid President Donald Trump’s travel ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ...

U.S. attorneys urge court to deny Hawaii’s travel ban request

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Department of Justice attorneys are urging a judge to deny Hawaii’s renewed attempt to expand the list of relatives exempt from President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson last week denied Hawaii’s ...

Body of man found in volcano after apparent fall

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — A 38-year-old man has died on Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said Monday that the man was found on the caldera floor about 250 feet below Crater Rim Trail. Two hikers found a backpack on ...

Hawaii soldier faces terrorism charges

FBI: Man pledged allegiance to IS By AUDREY McAVOY and LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press HONOLULU — An active-duty soldier based in Hawaii pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State, helped purchase a drone for it to use against American forces and said he wanted to use his rifle to ...

Oahu official proposes armed rangers to deter the homeless

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu official is proposing stationing armed park rangers at city parks, where homeless encampments are common, because of a growing amount of trash and safety concerns. Residents have taken issue with piles of trash and smell they say come from homeless encampments, the ...

Hawaii takes another shot at travel ban

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has returned to federal court with a new motion in its challenge to Trump administration travel ban rules regarding citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. In the motion filed late Friday, Hawaii officials asked U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson to enforce or ...

New state law allows non-Medicaid couples to stay living together

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige has signed a bill aimed at assuring that elderly couples will be able to stay together in community care homes. The law allows more than one non-Medicaid patient to stay at the same care home. In recent years, a number of elderly couples have had to be split ...

Research probes ways to fight rapid ohia death

HONOLULU (AP) — A County of Hawaii-funded community collaboration aims to find new solutions to a fungal disease that is attacking and killing ohia, the most abundant native tree in the state. The Malama Ohia initiative is in its preliminary stages, starting with a research project ...

Appeals court refuses to weigh in on Trump travel ban rules

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court Friday dismissed Hawaii’s attempt to challenge the rules created by the Trump administration for its travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. The state asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court ...

Federal judge leaves travel ban rules in place

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii on Thursday left Trump administration rules in place for a travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson denied an emergency motion filed by Hawaii asking him to ...

Man gets 45 days in jail for bird deaths

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A college student who graduated from one of Hawaii’s most prestigious high schools — former President Barack Obama’s alma mater — was led out of a courtroom in handcuffs Thursday after a judge sentenced him to 45 days in ...