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Hawaii News

Officials post shark warnings at 2 popular Oahu beaches

HONOLULU (AP) — Ocean safety officials have posted shark warning signs at two popular beaches on Oahu’s south and north shores. Officials posted new shark warning signs Friday at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki and Waimea Bay on the North Shore. Officials say they spotted a 4- to 5-foot ...

Effort to save fragile ecosystems proving tough

Fish swim in a reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. A decadelong effort to save the world’s disappearing species and declining ecosystems has mostly failed so far, with fragile ecosystems like coral reefs and tropical forests in even more trouble than ever, ...

Hawaii geothermal plant can restart without further review

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health determined the state’s only geothermal power plant does not need an additional environmental review in its ongoing effort to restart after the facility was shut down by a volcanic eruption. Puna Geothermal Venture is in the review ...

Honolulu rail board does not have enough votes to remove CEO

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board of directors could not muster enough votes Thursday to act on a recommendation to cut ties with the chief executive of the city’s massive rail transit project. The full board failed to follow the recommendation of the ...

Attorney: Hawaii law is ban on carrying guns

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A challenge to Hawaii’s strict gun laws was back before a federal appeals court Thursday, where an attorney representing the state tried to defend a law that allowed officials to deny George Young a permit to carry a loaded ...

Death toll rises to 18 at Hilo veterans home with past violations

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An outbreak at a Hawaii veterans home has killed 18 residents and yielded three different investigations by state and federal officials. There have been 69 residents at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home that have tested positive for the coronavirus, 28 of whom are ...

Hawaii councilors accuse county of slow volcano recovery

HILO (AP) — Hawaii County Council members have accused the county’s administrators of a slow response in enacting programs to assist the public’s recovery from the Kilauea volcanic eruption two years ago. A meeting of the council’s Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic ...

Honolulu police arrest 2 after COVID-19 violation

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu liquor and law enforcement officials say they have arrested multiple people and closed down a bar for violating restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Brix and Bones sports bar was shut down after it remained opened despite public health orders ...

Hawaii flags lowered to honor Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg

The Maui News U.S. and Hawaii flags will be flying at half-mast to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday of cancer. In ordering the lowering of the flags, Gov. David Ige said Friday that the flags will remain at half-mast until the date of Ginsburg’s ...

Kauai is last county to ban plastic foam containers

LIHUE (AP) — Kauai became the final county in Hawaii to pass a bill prohibiting the sale and use of plastic foam food containers. The ban passed by the Kauai County Council last week is scheduled to take effect in 2022, The Garden Island reported. Supporters of the measure spoke about ...

Hawaii mayor says new virus command post will help

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A new coronavirus command post set up at an events venue will help enhance public communication and education on the Big Island, Hawaii County Mayor Kim said. Kim said the post located at Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Luau Hale in Hilo should help ensure people ...

More than half of Honolulu’s virus recovery funds allocated

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials have said nearly 60 percent of Honolulu’s federal coronavirus recovery funds have been allocated for use, leaving $165.4 million pending. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that Honolulu has spent about $72 million of its available $387 ...

Geothermal plant plans to be back online

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s only geothermal power plant is nearly ready to begin producing electricity again following delays in rebuilding the facility that was partially destroyed by lava two years ago, company officials said. Puna Geothermal Venture plans to restart operations by the end ...

Commission will not amend biomass plant bidding waiver

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission denied a motion to reconsider its previous denial of a bidding waiver for a $350 million biomass plant. Honua Ola Bioenergy hopes to launch the plant that would burn trees to generate electricity on Hawaii island. The commission ...

State tax revenue forecast to drop 11%

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — State tax revenue — severely depleted because of the coronavirus pandemic — will likely decline 11 percent this fiscal year if tourists begin to return to the islands by mid-November, an advisory panel for the governor and lawmakers ...

Honolulu mayor is extending stay-at-home order by 2 weeks

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday he would extend the city’s stay-at-home order for two weeks to control the coronavirus but will modify the rules to allow solo activity at beaches, parks and trails. The stay-at-home order will be kept in place through Sept. 24. ...

Police panel: Neck restraint should be labeled deadly force

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu Police Department committee said a neck restraint should be designated as a “deadly force” option in the department’s use-of-force policy. Honolulu Police Commission member Richard Parry said the department’s Use of Force Committee favors moving vascular ...

Federal funds to help state battle meth, opioid abuse

LIHUE (AP) — Hawaii is expected to receive more than $4 million in new federal funding to help respond to methamphetamine and opioid abuse. Democratic U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced the receipt of a grant that expanded its funding for the first time to address stimulants including meth, ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Atlas Air makes emergency landing No injuries were reported after an Atlas Air flight carrying more than 200 people had to return to Honolulu after experiencing engine problems Saturday evening, officials said. Video shared on social media showed passengers sitting ...