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Hawaii News

Convicted ex-police chief files for divorce

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A retired Honolulu police chief convicted of conspiracy in Hawaii’s biggest corruption case wants a divorce from his wife and co-defendant, a former deputy city prosecutor. Louis Kealoha filed for divorce Tuesday, according ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Oahu lawmaker urges visitor pledge HONOLULU — A Honolulu city councilor says she wants visitors to take a pledge to respect and help protect the island’s natural resources. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Councilwoman Kymberly Pine wants tourists to Oahu ...

Hawaii STD increase is linked to online dating

HONOLULU (AP) — An increase in sexually transmitted diseases to the highest numbers reported in decades can be linked to the prevalence of online dating, officials said. Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have increased significantly in the state, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Auction results sealed for seized NKorea ship

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S.-seized North Korean cargo ship suspected in international sanction violations was sold in a sealed auction. The Wise Honest was seized in May and towed it to American Samoa. Indonesia detained the ship in 2018 while it was transporting coal. The U.S. Marshals ...

State prosecutor is ordered to stay away from lawyer he shoved

HONOLULU (AP) — A state prosecutor must spend the next three years avoiding an attorney he shoved in the hallway of a courthouse, according to a judge’s order. The injunction prohibits Deputy Prosecutor Emlyn Higa from approaching or interacting with defense lawyer Myles Breiner, The ...

Long-shot 2020 candidate Gabbard may skip debate

She failed to qualify for the September Democratic contest HONOLULU (AP) — Long-shot Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says she may skip next week’s debate in Ohio. The Hawaii congresswoman complained in a Twitter message Thursday about the Democratic National ...

Up to 10% of Big Island warning sirens silent

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Nearly 10 percent of tsunami warning sirens on Hawaii Island were found to be inoperable during a recent test, officials said. Hawaii County Civil Defense made the determination following an Oct. 1 test of the Big Island’s outdoor warning system, West Hawaii ...

New alternatives offered for Hawaii canal flooding plan

HONOLULU (AP) — An engineering consulting firm provided new alternatives to a flood management plan for an Oahu canal, officials said. Oceanit company officials met with residents to offer options to the Ala Wai Canal plan to protect Waikiki and other neighborhoods, The Honolulu ...

Honolulu airport ranked the third worst in North America

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s airport ranked the third worst in North America for customer satisfaction and the second worst among large airports in annual survey of air passengers. Daniel K. Inouye International Airport received the ranking in the J.D. Power 2019 North America Airport ...

Hawaii County Police Department preparing to use body cameras

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Police Department officials say they plan to have officers outfitted with body cameras early next year. West Hawaii Today reported Monday that Police Chief Paul Ferreira says nearly $400,000 has been allocated in the 2019-2020 Hawaii County budget for ...

Gabbard would meet NRA chief

RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard was asked during a campaign appearance if she would meet with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre like she did Syrian President Bashar Assad. She says she’s open to the idea. The question came from a lifetime ...

Deputy and guard will not be prosecuted in shootings

HONOLULU (AP) — State prosecutors have declined to bring charges against a sheriff’s deputy and a correctional center guard in separate fatal shootings, officials said. Officials from two agencies chose not to prosecute the deputy and jail guard who each killed unarmed men, the Honolulu ...

Guilty plea in case of man forced by police to lick urinal

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Honolulu homeless man fearing he would be arrested, reluctantly obeyed a police officer’s orders to lick a urinal, according to a court document made public Wednesday after a former officer pleaded guilty to failing to ...

Gabbard qualifies for next presidential debate

HONOLULU (AP) — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has qualified for the next Democratic Party presidential debate after failing to make the threshold for the last one. A Monmouth University poll released Tuesday shows Gabbard has the support of 2 percent of registered Democrats and unaffiliated ...

28 TMT telescope protesters plead not guilty in state court

HILO (AP) — Dozens of people arrested on the Big Island during the first week of Mauna Kea demonstrations in July have pleaded not guilty in their first court appearances. Twenty-eight of the 38 people arrested appeared in Hilo District Court Friday on obstruction charges for blocking ...

Experts: State economy will slow to near standstill

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s economy will likely slow to a near standstill in coming years, according to a new report published Friday. Economic growth will be less than 1 percent in each of the next three years, the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization forecast in the ...

Extension given for roadwork

HILO (AP) — Hawaii County has received a federal extension to complete reconstruction of a highway that was severely damaged during last year’s Kilauea volcanic eruption. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday that the county Department of Public Works has received three additional ...

Property title certificates caught in 6-year backlog

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has amassed a backlog of property title certificates that stretches back six years, state officials said. About 180,000 property title certificates are caught up in processing within the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Local beef production set to grow statewide

HONOLULU (AP) — An island farmer has announced plans to expand beef production statewide after forming a new partnership, officials said. Kauai rancher Bobby Farias established Hawaii Meats with an Idaho ranch operator as part of a separation from Kunoa Cattle Company, the Honolulu ...

Health Department to nix unregulated CBD products

HONOLULU (AP) — State health officials have announced plans to remove unregulated CBD products after Hawaii records its first suspected case of severe respiratory illness related to vaping, officials said. State Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson told lawmakers Thursday that they ...