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Hawaii News

Ex-Honolulu lieutenant asks to remain free during appeal

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Honolulu police lieutenant who is scheduled to begin serving a three-and-a-half year prison sentence next month in Hawaii’s biggest ever corruption case is asking a judge to let him remain free while he appeals his conviction. Derek Wayne Hahn’s attorney said ...

Hawaii man sentenced to supervision over cyberstalking

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Hawaii man who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking a Utah family by sending more than 500 people to their house for unwanted services including food deliveries, plumbers and prostitutes was sentenced Thursday to three years of supervision and ordered to adhere to strict ...

Ex-Hawaii CEO accused of virus loan fraud pleads not guilty

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former CEO of Hawaii company accused of defrauding banks of money meant to assist businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Martin Kao, who was CEO of Martin Defense Group LLC, formerly ...

Former congresswoman named to board of Honolulu rail line

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Honolulu’s mayor on Tuesday said he would appoint former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to the board of the city’s rail line as the long-delayed and massively over-budget project faces a funding shortfall that could prevent construction ...

Remains ID’d of 2 Indiana brothers killed at Pearl Harbor

La PORTE, Ind. (AP) — The remains of two Indiana brothers who were killed in the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified by U.S. military scientists. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Monday it had identified the remains of Navy Fire Controlman 2nd Class Harold ...

Ex-Honolulu chief to visit family before heading to prison

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. judge is allowing a former Honolulu police chief convicted in a corruption case to meet with family and friends in Washington state before he begins serving a seven-year prison sentence in Oregon. U.S. District Judge ...

Hawaii House Speaker announces names of Mauna Kea working group

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — House Speaker Scott Saiki on Monday announced the members of a working group that’s been asked in a House resolution to develop recommendations for how to manage Mauna Kea — the Big Island mountain that’s seen conflict over the ...

University of Hawaii graduate assistants sue to unionize

HONOLULU (AP) — University of Hawaii graduate assistants have sued for the right unionize and bargain for better pay and working conditions. Three graduate students and Academic Labor United, which represents graduate assistants, filed the lawsuit Saturday against the Board of Regents, the ...

Mom who gave birth on flight didn’t know she was pregnant

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga had no idea a baby was coming when she went into labor on a flight from her home in Utah to Honolulu last week. “I just didn’t know I was pregnant, and then this guy just came out of nowhere,” Mounga said ...

Father of girl pleads no contest in case of starvation

HILO (AP) — The father of a 9-year-old Hawaii girl who starved to death pleaded no contest to manslaughter. Kevin Lehano’s plea to a reduced charge is part of a deal with prosecutors, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday. Lehano, his wife and his mother-in-law were indicted on ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press 911 call conveyed fear in police shooting HONOLULU — Honolulu police on Friday released the 911 call a frightened woman made about a stranger in her home, which led to officers shooting and killing him. “I don’t know him,” she told the dispatcher, who asked ...

Father pleads no contest in girl’s starvation death

HILO (AP) — The father of a 9-year-old Hawaii girl who starved to death pleaded no contest to manslaughter. Kevin Lehano’s plea to a reduced charge is part of a deal with prosecutors, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday. Lehano, his wife and his mother-in-law were indicted on ...

Navy removes commander of Pearl Harbor-based submarine

HONOLULU (AP) — The Navy has relieved the commander of a Pearl Harbor-based submarine, citing leadership and command climate problems. Cmdr. Joseph Lautenslager was removed from his job leading the USS Charlotte on Tuesday, the U.S. Pacific Fleet submarine force said in a ...

2 brothers of teen shot, killed by Honolulu police indicted

By Associated Press HONOLULU — A grand jury on Wednesday indicted two older brothers of a 16-year-old who was shot and killed by Honolulu police. The brothers are accused of assaulting and robbing a woman over the weekend near a makeshift memorial for Iremamber Sykap. The teen was ...

Hawaii to launch program to buy 2018 eruption-damaged homes

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Property owners on the Big Island who were affected by the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption can apply to have Hawaii County buy back their land starting next week. Hawaii County said the first phase of its Kilauea Disaster Recovery Voluntary Housing Buyout Program will ...

Lawsuit less than a week after Honolulu police shooting

HONOLULU (AP) — The family of an unarmed Black man shot and killed by Honolulu police filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday alleging officers were motivated by racial discrimination. Lindani Myeni, 29, walked into a Honolulu home, sat down and took off his shoes last week, prompting the ...

Pittsburgh man may leave Hawaii before manslaughter trial

HONOLULU (AP) — A Pittsburgh man charged with manslaughter in the death of a friend he was vacationing with in Hawaii will be allowed to return to the U.S. mainland before his trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. Benjamin Fleming, released on $250,000 bond, must return to Hawaii island for ...

Panel asks why police shooting video of teen not released

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Members of the Honolulu Police Commission on Wednesday questioned a deputy chief about why the department won’t release body camera footage from officers who shot and killed a 16-year-old boy. The department has said it ...

Hawaii researchers finish catalog for plants found on Kauai

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Researchers at a Hawaii nonprofit dedicated to tropical plant research and conservation have completed an analysis of plants that are native to and only found on Kauai. The researchers from the National Tropical Botanical Garden completed the Kauai catalog of endemic ...

Newly discovered fish species named after Hawaii researcher

HONOLULU (AP) — A new species of fish has been discovered during a research study funded by the National Science Foundation and University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program that focused on deepwater snappers. The new species was named “Etelis boweni” by the research team in ...