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Hawaii News

Report: Big Island has critical doctor shortage

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A physician shortage on Hawaii island is approaching a critical state, falling short of the number required by the population, a new report said. A University of Hawaii Physician Workforce Assessment Project report said the Big Island has 230, or 44 percent, fewer ...

Report: Visibility low when Kauai tour helicopter crashed

By Caleb Jones The Associated Press HONOLULU — A person who was near a remote Hawaii site where a tour helicopter crashed and killed seven people last month told investigators that visibility was only about 20 feet at the time because of fog and rain, according to a preliminary accident ...

Governor signs new Mauna Kea administrative rules

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s governor signed into law a new set of administrative rules for management of land on the state’s highest mountain. Democratic Gov. David Ige approved the new regulations Monday for the the University of Hawaii’s oversight of Mauna Kea. The rules meant to ...

State lawmakers vow to address high cost of living

Plans include bump to minimum wage and using state lands to develop leasehold housing By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Lawmakers opened a new session of the state Legislature on Wednesday with vows to address the state’s punishingly high cost of living so families ...

Olive Garden set to open in place of Oahu’s Mai Tai Bar

Bubba Gump COO Jim DuFault said closure is the result of a rental dispute HONOLULU (AP) — A popular Honolulu bar and restaurant is set to close and be replaced by a new outlet of one of the nation’s biggest restaurant chains, officials said. The Mai Tai Bar and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. ...

State lawmakers aim to boost housing, income, education

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii House and Senate leaders, with the support of Gov. David Ige, on Tuesday unveiled a long list of measures to boost housing, early childhood education and incomes with a particular focus on alleviating the struggles of Hawaii’s ...

Neighbors sue to block affordable housing complex

HONOLULU (AP) — Residents near a planned affordable housing project in Hawaii filed a lawsuit to prevent construction of the apartment complex. Neighbors of the proposed Hale Makana O Maili project on Oahu say the complex is out of place and not correctly permitted, The Honolulu ...

Decommissioning of observatory on schedule

HILO (AP) — The decommissioning process for one of the Mauna Kea telescopes to be removed in the coming decade remains on schedule. The Maunakea Management Board approved environmental assessments for the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory last month, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported ...

Australia-bound flight lands at HNL with dead passenger

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — An Air Canada flight bound for Australia diverted to Honolulu over the weekend because of a dead passenger. Passenger Christopher Woodgate, 38, was pronounced dead when the flight landed in Honolulu on Saturday, said ...

State Air Guard set to create new space squadron

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Air National Guard will start selecting candidates in April for one of four space control squadrons in the country in the Air National Guard, military officials said. The state Air Guard would select 88 military members for the 293rd Space Control Squad based at ...

Hawaii County mayor identifies legislative priorities

HILO (AP) — The mayor of Hawaii County has identified his legislative priorities ahead of a scheduled meeting with all four county mayors to begin the regular legislative session. The Senate Ways and Means Committee and House Finance Committee have scheduled a joint informational session ...

Big Island council fails to override Kim’s veto of herbicide ban

HILO (AP) — The Hawaii County Council fell one vote short of overriding a mayoral veto of a bill to ban the use of herbicides on county property. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim’s veto will stand after an override attempt failed to obtain the necessary six votes Wednesday, West Hawaii ...

Oahu surf park could include 1st man-made barreling wave

HONOLULU (AP) — A company that wants to build a surf park on Oahu says the $72 million facility could include the state’s first man-made barreling wave. The centerpiece of Honokea’s proposed aquatic recreation park would be a lagoon with multiple simultaneous waves for surfers, body ...

Geothermal deal could lower Hawaii island electric bills

HILO (AP) — The Hawaii island geothermal power station that was knocked offline by a volcanic eruption hopes to produce lower cost electricity under a new agreement with a state utility, company officials said. Puna Geothermal Venture and Hawaiian Electric Light Co. are seeking approval of ...

Dove hunting ends Jan. 12

The Maui News The last day to hunt mourning doves is Jan. 12, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Thursday. The Division of Forestry and Wildlife said the shorter hunting season for the mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) was established to meet current state regulations ...

Unauthorized Wyland whale mural gets painted over

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Telcom painted over an unauthorized mural on one of its buildings by renowned marine artist Robert Wyland. The artist acknowledged he did not have permission to spray-paint the Maui building, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. The life-size image ...

Investigators plan to move Kauai helicopter crash wreckage

HONOLULU — U.S. investigators said Thursday they were waiting for weather to clear so they may send a recovery team to retrieve the wreckage of a tour helicopter that crashed last week into a remote mountain ridge on the Hawaii island of Kauai and killed seven people. The wreckage will be ...

Mauna Kea telescope protest site clear for 1st time since July

HONOLULU (AP) — Protesters at the Mauna Kea Access Road removed barricades for the first time since July as the demonstrators against a giant telescope project shift their focus away from the construction site. The access road was fully reopened Saturday to all traffic except construction ...

Cliffs, terrain a big hurdle for feds in Kauai helicopter crash

HONOLULU — The remote and rugged terrain on the Hawaiian island of Kauai where a sightseeing helicopter crashed, killing all seven people aboard, could make it difficult or even impossible to piece together what led to the wreck. Federal investigators who arrived Sunday are calling the ...