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Hawaii News

Hawaii state representative’s DUI trial set for next week

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A judge on Tuesday set a trial date next week for a Hawaii lawmaker arrested after police saw her driving the wrong way down a major Honolulu thoroughfare in February. State Rep. Sharon Har has pleaded not guilty to one count of ...

Hawaii: Fuel odor in Navy water prompts over 100 complaints

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The state Department of Health said Tuesday tests of water samples from the Navy’s water system at Pearl Harbor have so far been inconclusive after it received more than 100 complaints about fuel-like odor coming from tap water in the ...

Hawaii girl’s adoptive parents plead not guilty to murder

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii couple accused of killing their 6-year-old adoptive daughter a month before reporting her missing pleaded not guilty to murder Monday. The body of Isabella Kalua, known by some by her birth name of Ariel, has not been found. A grand jury indicted Isaac and Lehua ...

Pearl Harbor-area schools report chemical odor in water

HONOLULU (AP) — Two elementary schools near Pearl Harbor say “chemical-like” smells were coming from water lines on their campuses, the state Department of Education said Monday. The news came a day after the Navy said it was investigating reports of a chemical smell in drinking water ...

Man locked up because of mistaken identity sues Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — A formerly homeless man who ended up in a mental institution for more than two years because of mistaken identity is suing the state and various Honolulu police officers, Hawaii public defenders and doctors. Joshua Spriestersbach’s attorneys say in a lawsuit filed Sunday ...

US mulls creating marine sanctuary off Hawaii

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering additional protections for waters off the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. NOAA announced the proposal to designate oceanic areas of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National ...

Adoptive parents indicted for murder of Oahu girl, 6

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Hawaii couple for the murder of their 6-year-old adopted daughter they reported missing. The body of Isabella Kalua, known by some by her birth name of Ariel, has not been ...

Kauai to use old irrigation system to store electric power

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai’s electric utility plans to use an irrigation system dating to sugar plantation days to help store solar power for use at night. Officials say the project will provide about one-quarter of Kauai’s energy needs and allow the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative to ...

Sister: Hawaii girl was inside dog cage and not breathing

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A biological sister of a 6-year-old Hawaii girl reported missing by their adoptive parents told police the parents forced her to keep it a secret that Isabella Kalua was not breathing inside a dog cage in the bathroom, with duct ...

Ex-Kauai councilman pleads guilty to leading meth ring

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former elected official in Hawaii pleaded guilty Wednesday to leading a drug-trafficking organization while serving as a member of the county council on the island of Kauai. Arthur Brun told a U.S. judge he sold drugs to ...

Police: Oahu girl likely dead weeks before missing report

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Presss HONOLULU — A 6-year-old Oahu girl was killed a month before her adoptive parents reported her missing, Honolulu police said Wednesday as they announced the arrests of the parents on suspicion of second-degree murder. Isaac and Lehua ...

Astronomy panel urges federal funding of Hawaii telescope

HILO (AP) — An independent review of the state of astronomy and astrophysics in the U.S. has recommended federal funding of a giant telescope in Hawaii. The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey warned it could be “disastrous” for U.S. astronomy if the National Science Foundation ...

Caregiver not guilty in 3-year-old foster boy’s death in Waimea

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A judge on Thursday found a Hawaii woman not guilty of murder in the death of a 3-year-old foster child she was caring for, West Hawaii Today reported. Chasity Alcosiba-McKenzie opted to go to trial before a judge instead of a jury. She pleaded not guilty to ...

Hawaii’s top court rules against ‘gut and replace’ bills

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The Hawaii Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of two government watchdog groups who sued to stop the Legislature’s use of “gut and replace” tactics on legislation. The court ruled that lawmakers violated the state ...

Hawaii congressional delegation seeks Navy fuel-leak probe

HONOLULU (AP) — The four members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation said Wednesday they are asking the Department of Defense’s inspector general to investigate whether the Navy properly investigated and notified state authorities about a fuel leak at Pearl Harbor. They asked the ...

Hawaii fines Navy $325K for fuel storage facility violations

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii on Wednesday said it was fining the U.S. Navy more than $325,000 for operations and maintenance violations at a massive underground fuel storage facility on Oahu. The state Department of Health said in a news release the fines ...

Navy says operator error caused Hawaii pipeline leak

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Tuesday that operator error caused it to release 1,618 gallons of jet fuel from a pipeline at its Red Hill fuel tank storage facility in Hawaii, but that the leak didn’t come from any of the massive tanks themselves. Navy Region Hawaii said in a news ...

Surfboards burn in blaze next to historic Waikiki hotel

HONOLULU (AP) — Surfboards stored next to a historic Waikiki hotel went up in flames Sunday for the second time in less than two years. Firefighters called to the scene found several storage racks of surfboards at a beach alleyway in flames and evacuated the adjacent buildings: the Moana ...

ACLU demands reform after Black child is arrested on Oahu

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Honolulu police officers and officials with Hawaii’s public school system discriminated against a disabled Black child by handcuffing, arresting and interrogating the 10-year-old girl for a “run-of-the-mill” dispute ...

Ex-Hawaii official pleads guilty to embezzlement, bribery

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Hawaii County council member pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling more than $38,000 while serving as executive director of a state commission that administers community service programs. Stacy Higa spent the money on personal expenses, including $20,000 in ...