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The Associated Press Sydney flight returns to HNL HONOLULU — A Hawaiian Airlines plane bound for Sydney returned to Honolulu after takeoff on Sunday because of a possible mechanical problem. An airline spokeswoman says the flight was diverted just over an hour after takeoff due to a ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Pine-Sol served instead of juice HONOLULU — Three children took sips of the household cleaner Pine-Sol after a classroom assistant at a Honolulu preschool mistook the liquid for apple juice, officials said. Paramedics were called to the Kilohana United Methodist ...

Whale songs and war: Climate impacts that are less talked-about

By SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Near Antarctica, whales are singing in deeper tones to cut through the noise of melting icebergs. In California, a big college football rivalry game was postponed until Saturday because of smoky air from wildfires. And Alaskan ...

Consumers sue chip maker over use of Hawaiian name

HONOLULU (AP) — A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the maker of potato chips sold under the brand name Hawaiian, claiming the chips made in Washington state are misleading customers. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Michael Maeda of Honolulu and Iliana Sanchez of Los Angeles ...

Rifle-wielding man dies after being shot by Hawaii police

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island police say a man died after officers shot him when he pointed a rifle at them. Police say they were responding to a report that the man stabbed himself with a knife at a home in Hawaiian Beaches Tuesday night. When they arrived, they saw a rifle next to ...

Man who had heart attack after Hawaii missile alert sues

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who suffered a heart attack shortly after Hawaii mistakenly issued an alert about a ballistic missile filed a lawsuit against the state on Tuesday. The false missile alert and the state’s failure to cancel it in a timely manner ...

Hawaiian princess amends trust amid ongoing court battle

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A 92-year-old Native Hawaiian princess has changed her trust to ensure her wife receives $40 million and all her personal property, including her Chihuahua “Girlie Girl,” according to court records. Abigail Kawananakoa ...

Food chain disruption eyed in Hawaii whale sighting decline

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Research into the decline of humpback whale sightings in Hawaii points to a food chain disruption likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in the whales’ feeding grounds in Alaska, federal officials have said. U.S. and international ...

An outbreak of Scabies strikes a hospital on the Big Island

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Officials say an outbreak of scabies has been confirmed at a Big Island hospital, affecting a number of employees. Officials with the Kona Community Hospital say the outbreak of the skin disease caused by parasitic mites was officially identified last week. The ...

LoPresti seeks recount for lone Republican state Senate seat

HONOLULU (AP) — Former Hawaii state Rep. Matt LoPresti is asking the state Supreme Court to order a ballot recount for his race to represent Ewa Beach in the state Senate. Kurt Fevella secured 6,204 votes compared to LoPresti’s 6,087 votes in the Nov. 6 general election. Fevella declared ...

Clues sought for decline in Hawaii humpback whale sightings

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Researchers are convening this week to compare clues about a significant decline in the number of sightings of North Pacific humpback whales in their traditional breeding grounds off Hawaii. Fewer sightings doesn’t necessarily mean the ...

Hawaii’s false missile alert leads to new recommendations

IG’s report does not address the causes behind state’s false alert By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has recommended changes to the nation’s emergency alert system after Hawaii officials in January ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press HECO crews assist after Calif. wildfire HONOLULU — Thirty employees from Hawaii electricity utilities will be in wildfire-devastated Northern California to help restore power. The employees from Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light will be ...

Company plans 13-turbine wind farm in west Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — A subsidiary of Eurus Energy American Corp. is planning to build a wind farm on the eastern slope of the Waianae range on Oahu. Hawaiian Electric Co. announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with EE Ewa LLC to buy electricity from the Palehua Wind project, the ...

Oldest military survivor of Pearl Harbor dies

By JOHN ROGERS and JULIE WATSON The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Ray Chavez, the oldest U.S. military survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into World War II, died Wednesday. He was 106. Chavez, who had been battling pneumonia, died in ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Jury finds former dentist not guilty HONOLULU — A former dentist on Oahu has been acquitted of all charges in the death of a 3-year-old patient. A Hawaii jury found 41-year-old Lilly Geyer not guilty of manslaughter and assault charges, delivering the verdict ...

Burger joint closes after video appears to show rat cooking

Teenage employees fired; company hires pest control instead HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii-based burger chain has closed a Honolulu restaurant for cleaning after a video posted to social media appeared to show a rat being cooked on the grill. Teddy’s Bigger Burgers has closed the Mapunapuna ...

New bill regulating vacation rentals moves on Big Island

HILO (AP) — Big Island officials have passed a bill prohibiting short-term vacation rentals in residential and agricultural zones. The Hawaii County Council voted 6-1 Tuesday in favor of the measure, sending it to the county Planning Department to draft rules, West Hawaii Today ...

Telescope foes ask Hawaii high court to reconsider ruling

HONOLULU (AP) — Opponents of a giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest mountain are asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider a recent ruling upholding the project’s construction permit. They filed a motion Monday saying the court should adopt the opinion of a dissenting ...

Investigation into Hawaii hospital escape wrapping up

By AUDREY McAVOY and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — It has been a little over a year since a man escaped to California from the Hawaii psychiatric hospital, where he was committed after being found not guilty by reason of insanity of killing a woman in ...