Hawaii News

Trump to stop in Hawaii during Asia trip

By KEN THOMAS,  The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House announced Friday that President Donald Trump will take a five-nation trip to the Asia Pacific region in November as the U.S. seeks to curb North Korea’s growing nuclear threat. The White House said Trump will travel ...

Sea critters hitched rides across Pacific on tsunami debris

By SETH BORENSTEIN, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 species of fish, mussels and other sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific Ocean on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, washing ashore alive in the United States, researchers reported. It is the largest and longest ...

Search for new HPD chief narrowed to 7

HONOLULU (AP) — Seven finalists for the next chief of the Honolulu Police Department moved to the next round Thursday. The beleaguered department needs a new chief to replace Louis Kealoha, who agreed to retire after receiving notice that he’s the target of a federal investigation. A ...

Baby contracts rat lungworm disease

Big Island parents upset over child’s delayed diagnosis HILO (AP) — An infant thought to have eaten a slug or snail is the latest victim of rat lungworm disease in the state. Eleven-month-old Kanehekili “Kane” Tauanuu is the 17th person in Hawaii this year to contract the ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Homelessness initiatives criticized HONOLULU — A report by Honolulu Auditor Edwin Young criticized the city’s initiatives to combat homelessness, saying Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his administration are lacking benchmarks and mismanaging programs aimed at sheltering ...

Land board grants permit for telescope

Construction on land sacred to Native Hawaiians moves forward By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A long-running effort to build one of the world’s largest telescopes on a mountain sacred to Native Hawaiians is moving forward after a key approval Thursday, ...

University study finds state’s doctor shortage worsening

Shortage has grown to 769, compared with 707 in 2016 HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s doctor shortage is worsening, except on the island of Kauai, a University of Hawaii assessment found. The total shortage has grown to 769, compared with 707 in 2016, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

Commissioner resigns before Honolulu police chief picked

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A member of the Honolulu Police Commission is resigning after raising concerns about a lack of diversity in the process of selecting the department’s next chief. Luella Costales, who was appointed to the commission in 2012, ...

7 injured after car hits Oahu restaurant

HONOLULU (AP) — Six people, including a 3-year-old girl, were transported to a hospital on Saturday afternoon after a car smashed into a Honolulu restaurant. The car that crashed into the front of Paina Cafe was driven by an elderly woman, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Response criticized by union leader HONOLULU — The leader of Hawaii’s firefighter union has criticized the Honolulu Fire Department’s response to a high-rise apartment building fire in July that killed three people and left scores of apartments ...

N. Korea, Hawaii attack scenarios described

HONOLULU (AP) — If there’s a ballistic missile strike from North Korea, Hawaii will be faced with thousands of casualties, thermal radiation, severe damage to critical infrastructure, widespread structural fires and other chaos, the administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency ...

Delta to end flights between Guam and Japan

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Delta Air Lines has announced it will end flights between Japan and Guam because of low demand just days after another airline delayed Japan-Guam flights because of North Korea’s threat to attack the U.S. island territory. Demand was not strong enough for Delta to ...

Mars research crew emerges from isolation

HONOLULU — Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on Mauna Loa since January emerged from isolation Sunday. They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruit and fluffy egg strata after eating mostly freeze-dried food while in isolation and some vegetables ...

State / In Brief

Waikiki shooting suspect arrested HONOLULU — Honolulu authorities took three people into custody Sunday evening, one of whom is believed to be a suspect in a Waikiki shooting that left one dead and two others seriously injured. The three subjects were pulled from an apartment building ...

Mars research subjects to emerge Sunday after 8 months of isolation

By CALEB JONES, The Associated Press HONOLULU — After eight months of living in isolation on a Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from their Mars-like habitat Sunday and return to civilization. Their first order of business after subsisting on mostly freeze-dried ...

State, federal regulators crack down on hidden resort fees

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Office of Consumer Protection is investigating resort fees charged by hotel operators as part of a nationwide effort to curb hidden industry fees. State and federal regulators are in the process of cracking down on hotels that charge resort fees without fully ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Expert: Sharks trail spawning fish HONOLULU — A recent spate of aggressive sharks spotted near the shore at a popular spot on Oahu’s north side is likely due to the spawning season of a species of fish, a Hawaii shark expert said. Waimea Bay lifeguards on Monday ...

Bike-share program is on a roll

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The nonprofit operating Kona’s bike-share program is in the process of applying for grants that could allow it to expand. People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii recently received a 180-day extension on its $250,000 contract with Hawaii County, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald ...

Organizers need sponsor for women’s big-wave surfing contest

HONOLULU (AP) — Organizers of the first-ever Hawaii big-wave surfing contest exclusively for women are in need of a sponsor. Betty Depolito and Wrenna Delgado secured a city permit to hold the Women’s Waimea Bay Championship later this year, but the pair needs to find a corporate sponsor ...

Kona Brewing Co. lawsuit moving forward

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A lawsuit against the owner of Kona Brewing Co. will proceed after a federal judge in California denied a motion to dismiss it. The lawsuit against Craft Brew Alliance and others claims that the brewery makes customers believe Kona Brewing Co. beer is brewed in Hawaii by ...