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Unruly passenger brings flight back

HONOLULU — Officials say a flight from Maui to San Francisco was diverted to Honolulu because of an unruly passenger.

Hawaii News Now reports Hawaiian Airlines Flight 42 departed from the Kahului Airport on Saturday afternoon and landed at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport after about three hours in the air.

Officials say a male passenger caused a disturbance after consuming alcohol. Federal charges of interference with a flight crew are expected to be filed against the man today.

The flight left Oahu at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday and continued to California. The flight held 278 passengers and 10 crew members. No injuries were reported.

Crew members did not declare an emergency during the flight.


Man dies in waters off the Big Island

HILO — Authorities say a man was found dead after floating face down in water in a remote area off the northern shore of the Big Island.

The Hawaii County Fire Department says the man who was in his 50s was found Saturday in about 5 feet of water at Waipio Valley Beach.

Authorities say bystanders pulled the man from the water and attempted CPR until emergency crews arrived.

Because of the remote location, a helicopter transported the man to an ambulance waiting at Waipio Lookout. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Authorities say an autopsy will be conducted to determine the man’s cause of death. Authorities have not yet released the man’s identity.


Fellowships awarded to 2 Hawaii teachers

HONOLULU — Two Hawaii public school teachers have been awarded Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowships and will begin 11-month research appointments at federal agencies next month.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Science teachers Bryan Silver of Kalani High School in Honolulu and Pascale Creek Pinner of Hilo Intermediate School on the Big Island were two of the 14 educators from across the country selected for the program.

Silver, who has taught for 19 years in Honolulu, will conduct his fellowship at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Engineering, which supports engineering research and education.

Pinner, who has taught in Hilo for 31 years, will work with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which supports research into energy and the physical sciences.

The two will travel to Washington, D.C., in early September.