Hawaii News

Man found dead on Hawaii farm after severe weather

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Authorities say a 74-year-old Hawaii man has died after severe weather blew the structure he was in off its foundation. Hawaii Police Maj. Robert Wagner says William Ryder was found dead Monday morning on a coffee farm in Holualoa. Wagner says the man who owns the ...

Task force working on removing hazardous trees on Big Island

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A task force is working on eradicating albizia trees on the east side of Big Island within the next several weeks. The Hawaii Island Albizia Task Force has planned four control projects totaling $1 million, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday. The task force is ...

False service animals bill introduced in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make it a crime to falsely present an animal as a service animal. The measure introduced in January would make the act of falsely claiming an animal to be a service animal a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a maximum ...

Media attorney: Court violates rules in sealing records

HONOLULU (AP) — The mother of a 1st-grader sued a Hawaii private college-preparatory school for its attempt to expel her son because of a disruption stemming from his father’s troubles with the law. The court allowed the mother’s attorney to file the documents under seal last month ...

Failed missile test off of Kauai costs the U.S. $130M

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Missile Defense Agency spent a total of $130 million on a failed missile test off of Kauai. A missile failed to intercept an air-dropped intermediate-range target missile during a Jan. 31 demonstration off of Kauai, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

Report: State wasn’t ready to handle any missile threat alert

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii’s nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn’t effective, said a report ...

Few states let courts take guns because of a threat

Hawaii is one of a dozen states set to consider ‘red flag laws’ By RYAN J. FOLEY and DON THOMPSON The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and ...

Activists delay rebuild of ‘Elvis’ hotel

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — Developers rebuilding a storied, hurricane-ravaged Kauai hotel with a Hollywood connection were looking forward to the Coco Palms’ rebirth when two men showed up last year, claiming to own the property because they descend from ...

Threat to Kapolei school posted on social media

HONOLULU (AP) — Police and FBI responded to a suburban Honolulu middle school after a shooting threat was made on social media. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the threat was made on Instagram on Thursday. The person who posted it said they planned to “shoot up” the middle school ...

Critics blast EPA for lowering Syngenta pesticide fine

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Critics are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dramatically lowering a fine on agribusiness company Syngenta for violations of pesticide regulations. Syngenta, under a settlement announced this week, will pay $150,000 for ...

Auditor says OHA funds pet projects

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The state agency responsible for improving the well-being of Native Hawaiians spent nearly double the amount on pet projects than on competitive grants, the state auditor said in a report released Tuesday. Office of Hawaiian Affairs ...

Report: Most of Oahu’s homeless youth island born

HONOLULU (AP) — The majority of homeless youth on the island of Oahu were born in Hawaii, and they first became homeless at age 14 on average, according to a new study. About 77 percent of the homeless youths and young adults surveyed had been victims of emotional, physical or sexual abuse, ...

False alarms reveal weaknesses in alert system

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, The Associated Press Weather junkie John Grosso knew it was highly unlikely a monster wave was barreling toward the Connecticut coast. Still, when a tsunami warning appeared out of the blue on his phone Tuesday, he felt a twinge of fear. His co-workers, who got the same ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Bill to cover air ambulances floated HONOLULU — A proposed law in the state Legislature would require insurance companies to cover air ambulance rides to the Mainland for critical procedures not offered in Hawaii. The measure would take the burden off families ...

30% of prison guards out sick Sunday

Phenomenon remains an annual problem for state during Super Bowl HONOLULU (AP) — Nearly 30 percent of Hawaii’s prison guards called in sick on Super Bowl Sunday, state officials said. Officials said Wednesday that while fewer guards took sick leave this year than in the past two ...

Bill would tighten state oversight on home schooling

HONOLULU (AP) — Some state lawmakers have called for more oversight of families who home-school their children. The push comes in wake of the child abuse death of 9-year-old Shaelynn Lehano, Hawaii News Now reported Monday. Democrat state Sen. Kaialii Kahele of Hilo introduced a bill that ...

State EMA worker threatened after misleading photo

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — When an erroneous alert was sent out last month telling people in Hawaii that there was an incoming ballistic missile, Jeffrey Wong was an island away from the state’s emergency management agency office where he works as an ...

AG takes on new role

HONOLULU (AP) — Attorney General Doug Chin, who led the state’s legal opposition to the Trump administration’s travel ban, will have a new job in state government. Chin announced Friday he will accept the position of lieutenant governor, replacing Shan Tsutsui, who resigned this ...

Authorities to help remove Coco Palms property occupiers

LIHUE (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Public Safety said it will help remove a group of people who are occupying the Coco Palms property on Kauai. The deadline for activists to vacate the land was Jan. 29, but the occupiers remained on site as recently as Tuesday, Hawaii News Now ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press FBI called in to police investigation HONOLULU — The FBI is investigating four Honolulu police officers who are accused of forcing a man to place his mouth on a urinal inside a public restroom, according to the police department’s top official. Honolulu Police ...