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Hawaii News

An environmental review suggests 10 aquarium permits in West Hawaii waters

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A final environmental impact statement on a proposal to issue commercial aquarium permits in West Hawaii waters suggests awarding permits to only 10 aquarium fishermen, an advisory council said. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council reduced the suggested number ...

Kauai mayor imposes curfew, then entertains his bored fellow residents

EDITOR’S NOTE: While nonstop global news about the effects of the coronavirus have become commonplace, so, too, are the stories about the kindness of strangers and individuals who have sacrificed for others. “One Good Thing” is an AP continuing series reflecting these acts of ...

Boy Scouts suit filed as state shuts abuse claims window

HONOLULU (AP) — Eight men were sexually abused when they were Boy Scouts in Hawaii in the 1960s and 1970s, they alleged in a lawsuit filed Friday as the state’s window closed on allowing child sex abuse claims that would have been barred under a statute of limitations. Various states and ...

Army program to help save 3 native Hawaiian plants

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Army’s natural resources program has helped save three native plant species from extinction, officials said. The Army helped preserve the haha plant, Hawaiian mint and tree aster as part of its ongoing management of more than 120 endangered and threatened native ...

Short-term rental visitors hard to track

HONOLULU (AP) — Transient vacation rental units are proving difficult for Hawaii officials to regulate during the coronavirus pandemic as they serve as shelter for many of the state’s visitors. Many of the 2,970 visitors who arrived in Hawaii during the 23 days prior to Sunday are ...

Judiciary postpones state court trials amid pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald has announced an order to postpone all state court trials amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state Judiciary said. The order states all state trials in civil, criminal and family courts be postponed until May 29 or the termination of ...

Hawaii visitor pays fines, apologizes for slapping monk seal

HONOLULU (AP) — The attorney for a man who slapped a Hawaiian monk seal while visiting Oahu issued an apology on behalf of his client, who paid fines issued by federal and state agencies. Attorney Blake Long in North Carolina said the man paid the fines following an investigation of a ...

Trials put off until after May 29

The Maui News Trials in state courts will be postponed until after May 29 or the end of Gov. David Ige’s declared state of emergency, whichever is sooner, under an order issued Friday by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. The dates apply unless a chief judge of a circuit orders ...

Ige orders moratorium on evictions amid virus fight

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday ordered a moratorium on evictions of people from their homes for failure to pay rent as the negative economic effects of the fight against the coronavirus deepen. Evictions in Hawaii have effectively ...

Honolulu officials expect $80M shortfall for rail project

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu should expect an $80 million tax revenue shortfall for the city’s $9.2 billion rail transit project because of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation could be forced to borrow money to meet the budget shortfall ...

Hawaii notes progress against virus

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii officials on Tuesday acknowledged progress in slowing the spread of coronavirus in the islands yet warned against complacency as they disclosed the existence of a cluster of 12 cases connected to a McDonald’s worker on the Big ...

Kauai County Council considers high-density housing ordinance

LIHUE (AP) — Two or more multiple-family units could be developed on any size land under an ordinance, permitting high-density housing projects on Kauai Island. The Kauai County Council considered the ordinance at a routine planning committee meeting this week, the Garden Island ...

Monk seal dies during treatment

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal has died from a parasitic disease while in treatment at a marine center, an official said. The 13-year-old female named Pohaku died last week at the Marine Mammal Center‘s Ke Kai Ola facility on the Big Island, Hawaii Public Radio reported ...

Adapting aloha: Virus forces changes to Hawaii customs

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press WAIANAE, Hawaii — Glen Kila has long greeted people in the traditional Native Hawaiian way. Foreheads touching, he breathes in the person’s ha, or breath. “Face to face, eye to eye,” he explained of the custom, called honi. ...

Irene Hirano Inouye, widow of US senator, dies

HONOLULU (AP) — Irene Hirano Inouye, the widow of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii and the founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, has died. She was 71. Hirano Inouye had most recently served as president of the U.S.-Japan Council, which aims to ...

Possible deal to pay for telescope policing cost

HILO (AP) — The Hawaii County Council plans to discuss a new potential agreement with the state about reimbursement for law enforcement costs during demonstrations against the Big Island giant telescope project. An amended agreement is expected to go before the council next week to ...

Missing plumber’s wife asks court to declare him dead

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The wife of a Hawaii man who vanished more than five years ago has filed a civil court petition requesting that her husband be declared dead. An attorney filed the petition in Hilo Circuit Court on March 13 on behalf of Marylou Meek, the wife of Jeffrey Meek, The Hawaii ...

State tourism grinds to halt as virus restrictions tighten

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as officials implemented measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the islands. Hawaii officials went beyond the standard ...

Hawaii telescope protesters leave camp due to virus concerns

HONOLULU (AP) — Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope project on the Big Island have pulled out of their camp due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The move came after more than eight months of nonviolent protests at the base of the Mauna Kea Access Road, The Honolulu ...