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Hawaii News

Hawaii man pleads not guilty to kidnap, sex assault of teen

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaii man on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl and forced her to smoke meth. Duncan Mahi, 52, also requested a trial by jury. Judge Wendy M. DeWeese maintained bail for Mahi ...

Nevadan accused of 1972 Hawaii killing fights extradition

By SCOTT SONNER The Associated Press RENO, Nev. — A former deputy Nevada attorney general accused of a 1972 killing in Honolulu told a Reno judge Wednesday he wants to fight extradition to Hawaii because he believes his constitutional rights were violated when he was arrested last week. ...

Sailor who died at Pearl Harbor to be buried at Arlington

By MARK PRATT The Associated Press The remains of a sailor from Massachusetts who died when the USS Oklahoma was struck by multiple torpedoes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 were buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. The interment comes more than 80 years ...

Volunteers needed for habitat restoration work in Kure Atoll

The Maui News The state is seeking volunteers for a monthslong habitat restoration project in the Kure Atoll State Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Holaniku, also known as Kure Atoll, is part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and is situated ...

Fatal Hawaii ambulance fire linked to oxygen device

HONOLULU (AP) — Preliminary findings from an investigation into an ambulance fire that killed a patient and injured a paramedic last month show the blaze originated in an oxygen device that is routinely used, officials said Wednesday. The Aug. 24 fire killed a 91-year-old patient and severely ...

Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor is laid to rest, at last

By DON BABWIN The Associated Press CHICAGO — A 21-year-old sailor was laid to rest Tuesday following a decades-long effort to identify remains pulled from Pearl Harbor, more than 80 years after he was killed in the attack that propelled the United States into World War II. Members of ...

Prominent Native Hawaiians named to Mauna Kea authority

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige on Monday appointed several people, including some prominent Native Hawaiian activists, to a new board charged with managing Mauna Kea summit lands underneath some of the world’s most advanced astronomical ...

Proud Boys Hawaii leader, friend plead guilty in Jan. 6 riot

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER The Associated Press The founder of the Hawaii Proud Boys chapter and a Texas man who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and posed for a picture in front of a door on which one of them had written “Murder the Media” each pleaded guilty Friday in federal court ...

US military shrinks timeline for draining Hawaii fuel tanks

The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. military on Wednesday said it now expects to remove fuel from a leaky Hawaii fuel tank farm in July 2024, five months earlier than its initial plan. Critics have lambasted the U.S. Department of Defense’s original timeline to remove the fuel from ...

Hawaii quits coal in bid to fight climate change

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — The last bits of ash and greenhouse gases from Hawaii’s only remaining coal-fired power plant slipped into the environment this week when the state’s dirtiest source of electricity burned its final pieces of fuel. The last coal ...

Child killed in shooting accident at Hawaii Boy Scout Camp

HONOKAA, Hawaii (AP) — A child was found dead of a gunshot wound at a Hawaii Boy Scout camp in what police described as an accident. Police on Hawaii island did not disclose the child’s age in a news release about the incident Monday. Patrol officers responded to the Camp Honokaia Boy ...

Power outage closes Hawaii State Capitol until repairs done

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii State Capitol remained closed Monday after a power outage over the weekend. On Saturday morning, one of three high-voltage circuit breakers at the state Capitol shorted, officials said. The cause is unknown. The Department of Accounting and General Services ...

Applications accepted for food security microgrants

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the second year of the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program, which provides support for small-scale gardening, herding and livestock operations to help produce food in areas that are food insecure. A total of $3 million ...

Series of workshops for job seekers to be held

The Maui News The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations will hold a three-day series of live, interactive workshops to help job seekers learn from labor market experts and peers’ hacks, tips and insights on finding the right job. “Today’s labor market has given workers ...

Green, Aiona headed for governor’s race in November

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — For their 16th wedding anniversary, Democrats in Hawaii gifted Josh Green and his wife, Jaime, a comfortable margin of victory in the gubernatorial primary Saturday. Green, the state’s current lieutenant governor, handily defeated ...

Large wildfire burning amid drought on Hawaii island

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — A large wildfire in a rural area of Hawaii island is not threatening any homes, but high winds and extremely dry conditions are making it difficult for crews to contain the blaze. The fire started in the western reaches of the U.S. ...

Social media model arrested in Hawaii on murder charge

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Law enforcement in Hawaii on Wednesday arrested social media model Courtney Clenney on a charge of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. Hawaii County police said in a statement they assisted the U.S. Marshals Service as they arrested the 26-year-old in ...

Hawaii details plans for $78M drug company opioid settlement

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige on Tuesday outlined plans for how the state will spend $78 million it’s receiving from a multistate settlement reached with pharmaceutical industry companies over their role in the opioid addiction crisis. Ige ...

Former lawmaker in Hawaii bribery case donates to two Oahu candidates

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The campaign committee of former Hawaii Democratic state Rep. Ty Cullen, who pleaded guilty earlier this year after taking bribes, donated to two candidates for the state House of Representatives last month. State Campaign Spending ...