Hawaii News

More rain adds to Kauai flooding but alerts downgraded

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Weather officials downgraded flash flood alerts in Hawaii on Friday after more rain on the island of Kauai added to flooding left behind by last weekend’s deluge. The National Weather Service lifted a flash flood warning ...

Co-defendant in Hawaii concert scam gets two months in jail

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Florida man was sentenced Thursday to two months in jail and four months home confinement for his role in scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 for a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened. The university paid a ...

Hawaii lawmakers look into bump stock ban after Las Vegas killings

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are discussing versions of two bills that would tighten the state’s already strict gun regulations. One bill would ban bump stocks, a device used by the gunman in the Las Vegas shooting last October that killed 58 people. ...

Rescue crews airlift hundreds stranded after Kauai storm

By SOPHIA YAN The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hundreds of people have been airlifted out of dangerous floodwaters on Kauai, but authorities said Tuesday that others are still stranded at evacuation centers. The U.S. Army, National Guard, and the county airlifted more than 220 people Monday ...

Airline to speak Hawaiian on flights

HONOLULU (AP) — Passengers flying Hawaiian Airlines may soon get a complimentary language lesson as the company amplifies efforts to preserve traditional Hawaiian by incorporating it into everyday business. Cabin announcements and crew instructions were given in English and the traditional ...

Gov. Ige issues emergency order after severe rain, flooding on Kauai

LIHUE (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has called for an emergency response to the severe flooding on Kauai. The governor issued an emergency proclamation for the island Sunday following the National Weather Service’s recording of almost 27 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period in ...

Lawmakers mull alert task force

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have approved a resolution calling on the state Department of Defense to assemble a task force to review issues surrounding January’s mistaken missile alert, which sent the public into a panic. The state House adopted the concurrent resolution Thursday, ...

Hawaii police identify officer suspected in murder-suicide

HILO — Hawaii County police have identified the suspect in a murder-suicide as 50-year-old police officer Christopher R. Kapua-Allison. Capt. Randall Medeiros said that police found his service weapon near the bodies in his house on Sunday. “His service weapon was recovered at the ...

Lawmakers discuss Hawaii sexual harassment complaint reforms

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Women lawmakers at the Hawaii state Capitol want the House and Senate to update rules on handling sexual harassment complaints — a push that comes amid high-profile misconduct allegations nationwide and after a former Hawaii House speaker ...

Botched state missile alert prompts advice on alert drills

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The missile alert Hawaii mistakenly sent to the public in January prompted the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to recommend that government workers avoid using the phrase “this is not a drill” during practice sending ...

Newly identified Ohioan killed at Pearl Harbor to be buried in N.C.

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — The military says the remains of a Navy seaman from Ohio who died in the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor during World War II have been identified and will be buried with full military honors in North Carolina. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says 25-year-old Navy ...

‘Ohana zones’ proposed to help homeless

HONOLULU (AP) — State lawmakers are pushing to create government-sanctioned tent cities, or “ohana zones,” to help address the state’s homeless issue. Legislators want to open ohana zones for homeless families with school-age children, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Lawmakers ...

Court to mull tax appeal by travel firms

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Supreme Court will decide whether online travel companies are required to pay general excise taxes for car rentals they sell in the state. The travel companies are appealing a 2016 state court ruling that required the companies to pay the tax, the Honolulu ...

Crewman credited with saving lives as boat sank off Hilo

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Khanh Huynh has been a commercial fisherman since he was 12 years old. For the past six years, he’s been living on a fishing boat in Hawaii, catching premium ahi tuna for some of the world’s most discerning consumers. The 28-year-old ...

Judge sentences concert scammer to 5 years in prison

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who lied to the University of Hawaii about his ability to get Stevie Wonder to play at a fundraiser concert was sentenced Friday to nearly five years in prison. In an unexpected ruling, U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi ...

Hawaii missile plan was in effect before completed

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency began implementing its plan for responding to a ballistic missile attack before it was entirely drafted, a senior state official said Thursday at a hearing on why the agency mistakenly sent cellphone and ...

Panel supports bill to help Hawaiians keep ancestral land

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaii Senate committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would force landowners into mediation before they are allowed to file lawsuits to acquire small parcels awarded to Hawaiian commoners during mid-19th century land reforms. The bill ...

Honolulu looks for better way to deal with feral chickens

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu has decided to look for a better way to deal with feral chickens after its first attempt at getting a handle on the birds resulted in a cost of $108 per chicken caught and killed. One reason Honolulu found it difficult to capture feral chickens was because they would ...

Nation’s lowest unemployment rate is no paradise for Hawaii

By AUDREY McAVOY and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Are there downsides to a low unemployment rate? In Hawaii, which has the United States’ lowest jobless rate at a minuscule 2.1 percent, the answer is yes. Employers are frustrated by their inability to find ...

‘Magnum P.I.’ mansion on Oahu set to be demolished

HONOLULU (AP) — The house made famous in the “Magnum P.I.” TV series has been scheduled for demolition. Hawaii News Now reported Tuesday that a demolition permit was issued last week because the building is in disrepair. The 8,900 square-foot Waimanalo mansion was purchased for $8.7 ...