Hawaii News

Developer offers leased Mercedes-Benz to buyers

HONOLULU (AP) — A developer in Honolulu recently began offering consumers a Mercedes-Benz on a three-year lease if they buy a unit in one of three towers. Howard Hughes Corp. is offering the Mercedes incentive along with a few others in an attempt to spark sales at three of its towers, the ...

Soldier pleads not guilty to supporting Islamic State

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. Army soldier based in Hawaii pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of attempting to support the Islamic State. Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was arraigned in federal court in Honolulu after a grand jury indicted him last week ...

Man gets 20 years in prison for son’s death

Peter Kema Jr., 6, disappeared in 1997 By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The father of a 6-year-old Big Island boy who disappeared two decades ago was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for manslaughter, fulfilling a deal with prosecutors that required him to ...

State / In Brief

UH president aims to boost enrollment HONOLULU — After five straight years of declining enrollment at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, university President David Lassner has set a goal to hold enrollment flat for the fall and boost it back up to 20,000 students by 2020. Manoa’s ...

Fatal Oahu fire highlights lack of uniform sprinkler mandates in U.S.

By CALEB JONES and CATHY BUSSEWITZ HONOLULU (AP) — When Moon Yun Pellerin’s parents bought a 27th-floor condominium in a high-rise overlooking Waikiki about 15 years ago, they didn’t realize the wave-shaped building had no fire sprinklers. “We didn’t even consider it,” Pellerin ...

State awarded $715,000 grant to protect coral reefs

LIHUE (AP) — Those who study Hawaii’s coral reefs are hoping a recent $715,000 federal grant awarded to the state of Hawaii will amp up both the education and conservation of the underwater ecosystems. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the grant to the state of ...

Education investigations result in 5 terminations

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Education closed 11 employee misconduct investigations during the past three months, resulting in five terminations and one resignation. The nature of the investigations is confidential because they involve protected personnel data, the Honolulu ...

Hawaii prepares for ‘unlikely’ North Korea missile threat

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii is the first state to prepare the public for the possibility of a ballistic missile strike from North Korea. The state’s Emergency Management Agency on Fri- day announced a public education campaign about what to do. ...

Federal grand jury indicts soldier on terrorism charges

By CALEB JONES, The Associated Press HONOLULU — A federal grand jury in Hawaii indicted a U.S. soldier Friday for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was arrested by an FBI SWAT team July 8. Kang was ordered held without ...

Claims of human rights abuses in Hawaii’s commercial fishing fleet

Complaint filed with human rights commission over enslavement of foreign fishermen By CALEB JONES HONOLULU (AP) — A human rights complaint has been filed with an international commission to investigate claims of human rights violations in Hawaii’s commercial fishing industry. Turtle ...

Woman pleads not guilty in death of granddaughter

HILO — A Hawaii woman has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in the starving death of her 9-year-old granddaughter. A Nov. 13 trial date was set for 59-year-old Henrietta Stone at her arraignment Tuesday, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. Stone is charged along with ...

Native Hawaiians not very healthy, first national study says

By MIKE STOBBE NEW YORK (AP) — Hawaii consistently ranks among the healthiest states, but a federal survey found Native Hawaiians are in unusually bad health. Native Hawaiians — descendants of Hawaii’s original Polynesian settlers — are in worse health than many other Americans. They ...

State still owes $33M for failed inter-island Superferry

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s inter-island ferry was shut down eight years ago, but the state still owes $33 million for the costly failure. The state auditor said Wednesday Hawaii still owes money to pay off the bonds that financed barges and ramps for the ferry. The Hawaii Superferry ran ...

State / In Brief

Mother violates terms of release HILO — A Hawaii mother who pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the 1997 death of her son has violated the terms of her supervised release. Jaylin Kema was back in court on Tuesday, Hawaii News Now reported. A Hilo judge scolded her for failing to check in ...

State board accepts utility’s renewable energy blueprint

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has accepted a utility company’s updated plan that details how it will reach the state’s 100 percent renewable energy goal five years ahead of schedule. The plan by Hawaiian Electric Cos. was accepted last week, the Honolulu ...

Caldwell pushes sprinkler legislation

By CALEB JONES, JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hundreds of older high-rise apartment buildings in Honolulu aren’t required to have sprinkler systems, but city officials are pushing for change in the wake of Friday’s deadly 26th-floor ...

Some residents didn’t hear alarms in deadly blaze

By CALEB JONES, The Associated Press HONOLULU — As flames raged through a Honolulu high-rise building Friday afternoon, killing three people and injuring a dozen others, some residents didn’t even realize a blaze had broken out until they opened their doors or saw firefighters racing to ...

Anti-abortion group sues state over new care center law

HONOLULU (AP) — A national anti-abortion religious organization is suing to block a new Hawaii state law that requires family planning and pregnancy care centers to inform women of all their options — including contraception and abortion. The National Institute of Family and Life ...

Honolulu fire victim recalled as talented and caring co-worker

Britt Reller, 54, made a call to his brother saying he was unable to get to their 85-year-old mother before perishing with her in the blaze By CALEB JONES and MARCO GARCIA, The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaiian Airlines in-flight manager called his brother as smoke filled his ...

Oahu high-rise fire kills 3

Authorities say building not equipped with sprinklers By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY, The Associated Press HONOLULU — At least three people died and 12 were injured Friday in a fire at a Honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said, and ...