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Hawaii News

Honolulu seeks public input to improve Ala Wai Boulevard

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu is seeking public input for a project to improve the safety, especially for bicyclists and pedestrians, along Ala Wai Boulevard, a three-lane thoroughfare that runs through Waikiki. An administrator for the Honolulu Department of Transportation Services, Renee ...

Honolulu hotel standoff ends when man kills self

HONOLULU (AP) — A standoff between Honolulu police and an armed man who fired shots through the door of his room at a luxury resort ended when the man was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, local media reported Sunday. A SWAT team entered the fourth-floor room at The Kahala ...

Tourist charged with manslaughter in pal’s Hawaii death

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — There is probable cause to charge a Pittsburgh tourist with manslaughter in the strangulation death of the college buddy he was vacationing with in Hawaii, a judge ruled Thursday. Benjamin Fleming was arrested last month ...

Honolulu mayor wants eased coronavirus restrictions despite cases uptick

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor wants to change Oahu’s coronavirus guidelines to allow for less restrictions despite a growing number of COVID-19 cases on the island. Each county in Hawaii sets forth guidelines for when to impose certain restrictions based on positive case counts. ...

Kauai visitors get discount with 2nd virus test

HONOLULU (AP) — Visitors to the Hawaiian island of Kauai will receive a discount card for local businesses if they voluntarily take a coronavirus test three days after arriving in addition to their required test before travel. The Kokua Kauai Card program will begin on Monday, when the ...

Hawaii study offers design changes to fight climate change

HONOLULU (AP) — A new study from the University of Hawaii’s School of Architecture has offered detailed short- and long-term design alterations that could help the state combat the effects of climate change. Scientists have warned that Hawaii could face a rise of up to 3 feet in sea ...

State / In Brief

Waialua bridge to close for repairs HONOLULU — A bridge has closed in Waialua on Oahu after a structural inspection last week found damage to the overpass. The closure has caused traffic increases on surrounding roadways that are expected to increase the strain on Waialua Elementary ...

101-year-old WWII veteran receives Congressional Gold Medal

HONOLULU (AP) — A 101-year-old World War II veteran from Hawaii has received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service. James Lum on Wednesday received the highest award of national appreciation for distinguished achievement at Kuakini Health System’s Hale Pulama Mau ...

Grievance over rail project layoffs

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s largest labor union has filed a grievance over recent layoffs by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, which is building a delayed and beleaguered commuter rail line project. The Hawaii Government Employees Association said the agency has laid off ...

Ex-JROTC instructor charged with filming student sex abuse

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Junior ROTC instructor at a Hawaii high school should remain locked up pending trial because he allegedly sexually abused a student and made video recordings of his abuse, U.S. prosecutors said. Victor Aguilar, 65, made a court appearance Monday by phone from the ...

Former Honolulu administrator pleads guilty to embezzlement

HONOLULU (AP) — The city of Honolulu’s former Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act program administrator has pleaded guilty to federal charges including embezzlement and agreeing to a bribe, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Hanalei Aipoalani, 42, pleaded guilty ...

Pearl Harbor veteran’s remains identified

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About 80 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a veteran who died during the attacks has had his remains identified. The remains of William Eugene Blanchard, who was killed at Pearl Harbor while serving on the U.S.S. Oklahoma, were identified through DNA testing ...

Ex-police chief gets time for vaccine before going to prison

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A retired Honolulu police chief convicted of conspiracy in a tangled corruption case doesn’t have to report to prison until June so that he can get vaccinated against COVID-19. Louis Kealoha was scheduled to surrender next ...

$150K settlement for teen arrested by classmate’s dad

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The Honolulu City Council has approved a $150,000 settlement in a lawsuit that accused a police officer of improperly arresting a boy who had a personal dispute with his son. The family’s federal lawsuit alleged that ...

Hawaii mother gets probation for role in starving daughter

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii mother whose daughter starved to death in 2016 was sentenced to 10 years in probation. A judge on Monday sentenced Tiffany Stone, 37, for her role in starving Shaelynn Lehano-Stone to death, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. Stone, who pleaded no contest to ...

Slap in the face: Da Crazy Hawaiian, rising slap fight star

By DAN GELSTON The Associated Press The future of slap fighting in the United States — UFC president Dana White is an advocate of the sport — just might be in the palm of the Da Crazy Hawaiian’s hand. Slap fighting — yes the art of striking another fighter with an open hand for ...

Oahu school to halt free tuition for child of employees

HONOLULU (AP) — The Punahou School will end its practice of granting free tuition for one child for new employees starting in 2022. New hires at the school are now scheduled to receive a $5,000 discount in tuition for one child, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported on Friday. Current ...

Honolulu rail line CEO estimates project is short $3 billion

HONOLULU (AP) — The new interim CEO of Honolulu’s planned rail line estimates the project is short $3 billion. The assessment comes as the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation prepares a plan to pay for the final leg of the 20-mile project from Kapolei to Ala Moana Center. The ...

Report: Police chief violated bias policy by mocking Asians

LIHUE (AP) — The police chief on the Hawaiian island of Kauai mocked people of Asian descent and in one case ìsquinted his eyes” and bowed his head while mimicking someone with a Japanese accent, a discrimination investigation found. In another incident, Kauai police Chief Todd Raybuck ...

DLNR fined nearly $222K for operating cesspools

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources has been fined nearly $222,000 for operating seven large-capacity cesspools on Kauai island. The Environmental Protection Agency banned the type of cesspool targeted in 2005 because they can pollute water resources and ...