Hawaii News

Ige backs biocontrol to fight invasive species

KAIILUA-KONA (AP) — Gov. David Ige has proposed building a $35 million regional biocontrol facility to research ways to control invasive species that threaten the state’s economy and natural environment. Ige advocated for the facility while addressing the Western Governors Association at ...

Ed Case supports Nancy Pelosi for House speaker

Tulsi Gabbard said last month that she plans to back Pelosi HONOLULU (AP) — Ed Case, who is returning to Congress next month, is supporting Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to be speaker of the U.S. House. The Democrat told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that he voted for Pelosi during a ...

Trial set for psychiatric patient charged in escape

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who spent decades in a state psychiatric hospital for killing a woman wants to go to trial on escape and identity theft charges after authorities said he fled the facility and flew to California before being captured, his ...

Work underway to restore road to geothermal plant

HILO (AP) — The operators of a Hawaii island geothermal power plant have started restoring road access to the property cut off by lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption. Big Island Mayor Harry Kim authorized a vegetation removal and grading permit for Puna Geothermal Venture to clear lava ...

Hawaii seeks local beef vendor for Oahu and Big Island schools

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Education is looking for a vendor to provide beef to schools as it continues efforts to locally source food for student lunches. West Hawaii Today reports the department’s School Food Services Branch issued a request for proposals last ...

Pilot seriously injured after military jet crash off Hawaii

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaii Air National Guard civilian contractor was in serious condition Wednesday after his plane crashed off the coast of Honolulu during a military exercise, authorities said. The pilot of the Hawker ...

No psychiatric hospital employee is responsible for patient’s escape

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — No single employee was directly responsible for the escape of a man from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital, a state investigation found, but questions remain about how he was able to walk out of the facility and fly to California, ...

California woman drowns at dangerous Kauai spot

LIHUE (AP) — Rescuers over the weekend called off their search for a California woman swept out to sea from a picturesque but dangerous spot on Kauai’s north shore. The Garden Island newspaper reported 23-year-old Yayun Cheng was the seventh drowning victim in Kauai this year. Cheng ...

State importing brown tree snakes to train dogs to sniff them out

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture is importing four brown tree snakes to be used to train dogs to detect the dangerously invasive species and hopefully prevent the snakes from establishing themselves in the islands. Jonathan Ho, acting manager of the department’s ...

Oldest wild seabird lays another egg

HONOLULU (AP) — The world’s oldest known wild seabird has laid another egg. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Laysan albatross named Wisdom appeared at her nest at Midway Atoll National Wildlife refuge last month. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports biologists confirm she laid ...

Opponents vow to continue fighting giant telescope

HONOLULU (AP) — Opponents of a giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest mountain have vowed to keep fighting even after the legal battle over the $1.4 billion project appears to have ended. Dozens of University of Hawaii faculty, staff and students rallied at the Honolulu campus ...

Hawaii panel begins process of naming Big Island lava cone

HILO (AP) — The Hawaii Board of Geographic Names has begun taking recommendations to name the Big Island’s new 60-foot lava cone. The state board is planning to take suggestions from the public and Hawaiian cultural practitioners to find a moniker for fissure 8, which formed during the ...

Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance

No survivor from the USS Arizona attended the ceremony this year By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press PEARL HARBOR — About 20 survivors gathered at Pearl Harbor on Friday to pay tribute to the thousands of men lost in the Japanese attack 77 years ago. They joined dignitaries, ...

Pearl Harbor survivor and U.S. Navy veteran recalls 1941 attack

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941, watching from afar as the attack ...

Suit claims female athletes get unequal treatment

HONOLULU (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii has filed a federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of two female high school athletes, claiming they are being unequally treated based on their gender. The lawsuit filed Thursday against the state Department of Education and the ...

Remains of Pearl Harbor sailors return home after 77 years

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

Former NFL lineman’s death ruled accidental from drug use

HONOLULU (AP) — The death of a former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman last month has been ruled an accident, Hawaii authorities said. The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office has determined that the cause of death for 38-year-old Vince Manuwai was acute ecstasy intoxication. The ...

Former carpenters’ union official is Green’s chief of staff

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green has appointed a former carpenters’ union official to be his chief of staff months after a super PAC funded by the union spent over $1 million supporting his candidacy in the Democratic Party primary. Brooke ...

Hawaii high court lets ruling stand on giant telescope

HILO (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court is letting stand its decision that upholds the construction permit for a giant telescope planned for the state’s tallest mountain. The court filed an order last week denying opponents’ motion for it to reconsider the ruling on the telescope project ...

Soldier who tried to help terrorists receives a 25-year prison term

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A soldier based in Hawaii was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for trying to help the Islamic State group. Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang, 35, pleaded guilty in August to four counts of attempting to provide material ...