Hawaii News

Officials want a peaceful end to telescope protests

HONOLULU (AP) — State officials said Friday that they will not call up additional National Guard troops or use force on peaceful telescope protesters blocking access to the state’s highest peak. Gov. David Ige said that his priority is to keep everyone in the community safe, including ...

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Ethics chief: Panel blocked inquiry HONOLULU — The former head of the Honolulu Ethics Commission has criticized the panel for ending an investigation into the city’s former police chief and deputy prosecutor. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that Chuck Totto says the ...

Telescope protesters don’t back down after arrests

HONOLULU (AP) — Protesters didn’t back down from their long-running effort to stop construction of a $1.4 billion telescope, blocking a road Thursday to the top of a mountain sacred to some Native Hawaiians a day after authorities arrested nearly three dozen people. Activists have fought ...

Hawaii dairy removing wastewater lagoons in deal with state

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The state-mandated removal of wastewater lagoons at a Hawaii dairy has commenced, officials said. The state Department of Health announced Big Island Dairy’s lower lagoon is no longer operational, West Hawaii Today reported Monday. Approximately 300 cows remain on ...

Hawaii protesters press on to stop giant telescope, face arrest

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CALEB JONES The Associated Press Thousands of protesters joined a swelling effort Wednesday to stop construction of a telescope they have long tried to keep off a mountain considered sacred to some Native Hawaiians, blocking a road to Hawaii’s highest peak ...

Volunteers to fix vandalized gravestones at Oahu church

HONOLULU (AP) — Volunteers are expected to start repairing more than two dozen gravestones that were vandalized at a historic church cemetery in downtown Honolulu. Ten volunteers from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers will lead the work at Kawaiahao Church ...

Summit blockade suspends viewing at all telescopes atop Mauna Kea

No arrests have been made but authorities say they’re still possible By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Astronomers have indefinitely stopped looking through 13 existing telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii island while ...

Mauna Kea telescope protest has long history

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — Singing, chanting and lying on the ground in the road, hundreds of people demonstrated Monday against the construction of a giant telescope on a mountaintop that some Native Hawaiians consider ...

Company behind Oahu plane crash did not have proper permits

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii skydiving company that was operating a plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month did not have the proper permits, according to documents released by the state Wednesday. The documents show Oahu Parachute Center was “not in good standing” with the ...

Turbulence injures dozens on Air Canada flight to Australia

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Intense turbulence struck an Air Canada flight to Australia on Thursday and sent unbuckled passengers flying into the ceiling, forcing the plane to land in Hawaii. The flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered ...

Council to hear about rundown Oahu condo

HONOLULU (AP) — The City Council will talk about the condition of a vacant Honolulu condominium after neighbors have spent more than a decade complaining about broken windows, rats and human waste. The unoccupied building in a five-unit complex has been empty for 20 years and has a history ...

Trash piling up as Honolulu begins bulk item pickup program

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu residents are complaining about trash piling up because of the city’s new bulky item pickup program. The program launched last month has resulted in garbage piles in front of residences and schools, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. The city in ...

Thirty Meter Telescope to restart building Monday on Hawaii island

Road to Mauna Kea to be closed to allow equipment delivery By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Construction on a giant telescope will start again next week after lengthy court battles and passionate protests from those who say building it on ...

Judge dismisses petition to impeach prosecutor

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii judge has dismissed a petition for the impeachment of Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a circuit court judge Monday denied the petition filed by Oahu businessman Tracy Yoshimura. The judge cited procedural issues ...

Feds: 2 skydivers joined the doomed flight at last minute

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says two skydivers made a last-minute decision to board the plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month. The NTSB’s preliminary report was released Tuesday. No cause for the crash was given, which is typical for preliminary ...

Residents monitor traffic heading to popular Kauai park

HONOLULU (AP) — A local group is counting vehicles approaching a state park on the island of Kauai as it looks to help regulate visitor traffic. Kuhio Highway Regulation intends to monitor the number of rental cars on the highway leading to Haena State Park, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Gov. Ige vetoes vacation rental tax collection bill

Governor worries bill would legitimize illegal short-term rentals By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige on Tuesday said he would veto a bill that would require websites like Airbnb to collect and pay taxes on behalf of short-term vacation rental hosts, saying he ...

Desk duty for national park ranger after shooting

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park law enforcement officer who shot the driver of stolen vehicle is on desk duty while local and federal agencies investigate. Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane says an NPS shooting investigative team is on the Big Island working with Hawaii ...

Goats now Hilo weed wackers

HILO (AP) — Big Island officials plan to employ a group of goats to keep city spaces free of overgrowth. The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation announced Friday that a pilot project using the goats will begin this month to clear an area of brush near Hilo soccer ...