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Hawaii News

Hawaii-based soldier sentenced to 62 years for killing wife

HONOLULU (AP) — A military judge sentenced a Hawaii-based soldier to 62 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to premeditated murder for brutally beating and stabbing his wife. The Army’s prosecutor sought the full 65-year term for 24-year-old Spc. Raul Hernandez Perez, the Honolulu ...

Hawaii-based soldier admits to beating, stabbing his wife

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii-based soldier has admitted to beating his wife with a baseball bat while she lay face down on the bed as she slept, and then stabbing her in the back the morning after their first anniversary. Army Spc. Raul Hernandez Perez changed his plea Monday in the death of ...

Misspelling of Moderna leads to tourist’s arrest in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — A 24-year-old Illinois woman submitted a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to visit Hawaii with a glaring spelling error that led to her arrest: Moderna was spelled ìMaderna,” according to court documents. In order to bypass Hawaii’s 10-day traveler quarantine, she ...

Honolulu to require vaccine or negative test at restaurants

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Seeking to beat back a COVID-19 surge, Honolulu will soon require patrons of restaurants, bars, museums, theaters and other establishments to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for the disease, the city’s mayor said ...

Is Kilauea volcano going to erupt again?

EXPLAINER By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Scientists say the immediate potential for an eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has declined after earthquakes and ground swelling subsided in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday morning. Earlier in the week, the quakes ...

Investigation prompts some access changes for Big Island bus

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Prompted by a U.S. investigation, Big Island officials have agreed to make changes to the county’s bus system to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The investigation stemmed from a complaint from a rider that wheelchair lifts weren’t working on Hele-On ...

Spain judge nixes backup site for disputed Hawaii telescope

By ARITZ PARRA The Associated Press MADRID — A Spanish judge in a decision cheered by environmentalists has put a halt to backup plans for the construction of a giant telescope in the Canary Islands — eliminating at least for now the primary alternative location to the preferred spot ...

Honolulu prosecutor won’t appeal ruling sparing police

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Honolulu’s prosecutor on Monday said his office will not appeal a judge’s decision to reject murder and attempted murder charges filed against three police officers in the fatal shooting of a teenager. Steve Alm defended his ...

Honolulu hospital fills up amid COVID-19 surge

HONOLULU — A hospital serving a Honolulu suburb on Friday has filled up as the community faces a surge of COVID-19 cases. All 104 beds at The Queen’s Medical Center - West Oahu are full, said Jason Chang, the CEO of The Queen’s Health Systems. The Ewa Beach hospital has sent some ...

Judge hears more on Honolulu teen’s fatal shooting by police

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A 16-year-old fatally shot by Honolulu police weaved in and out of traffic at 50 to 80 mph as he led police on a high-speed chase along highways and city streets immediately before the shooting. The details came during testimony on ...

Ex-soldier convicted of teen’s ’82 murder can’t get DNA test

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday urged Congress to correct a disparity that doesn’t allow members of the U.S. military convicted by a court-martial the same avenues as civilian prisoners to seek DNA testing that could ...

Hawaiian prosecutor appointed to appeals court judge vacancy

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday selected a Native Hawaiian prosecutor and former high school teacher for an appeals court judge vacancy after he initially appointed a white man who faced criticism over equitable racial and ...

Hawaiian elders protesting telescope found not guilty

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Four Native Hawaiians arrested in 2019 while protesting against construction of a giant telescope on Hawaii’s highest peak were not guilty of obstructing the mountain’s access road, a judge ruled Friday. Judge M. Kanani ...

Mistaken identity lands man in mental hospital

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii officials wrongly arrested a homeless man for a crime committed by someone else, locked him up in a state hospital for more than two years, forced him to take psychiatric drugs and then tried to cover up the mistake by ...

Families urge using new DNA tech to ID Pearl Harbor unknowns

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — William Edward Mann enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school in rural Washington state. A guitar player, he picked up the ukulele while stationed in Hawaii. He’s been presumed dead since Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese ...

Record wildfire burns amid drought on Hawaii island

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press Firefighters have gotten more control over a wildfire in Hawaii that forced thousands of people to evacuate over the weekend and destroyed at least two homes on the Big Island, but officials warned strong winds Monday could raise the danger ...

Robotic police dogs: Useful hounds or dehumanizing machines?

By MATT O’BRIEN and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — If you’re homeless and looking for temporary shelter in Hawaii’s capital, expect a visit from a robotic police dog that will scan your eye to make sure you don’t have a fever. That’s just one of the ...

Tourists fined $500 for touching Hawaiian monk seal

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman from Louisiana who was honeymooning in Hawaii has been fined $500 after a social media video showed her touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal, U.S. authorities said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched an investigation last month and ...

Pearl Harbor casualty remains identified as a California sailor

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — The remains of a U.S. Navy sailor from California who was killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified, the Defense POW/ MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday. Petty Officer 1st Class Charles E. Hudson, 39, of Stockton was assigned to the ...

Lawsuit over police on Mauna Kea goes to state’s high court

HILO (AP) — A lawsuit challenging using police forces from other islands to respond to protests over a giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest mountain is headed to the state Supreme Court. Police officers from Oahu and Maui flew to the Big Island in 2019 to help control protesters ...