Hawaii News

Honolulu locks up more parks at night

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu has expanded the number of city parks that private security guards will lock up at night. Employees with American Guard Services Inc. will lock bathrooms and parking lots at 59 parks in an effort to curtail vandalism and illegal homeless activity, the Honolulu ...

Trash-collecting boom breaks apart

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii has broken apart and will be hauled back to dry land for repairs. Boyan Slat, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, told NBC News last week ...

Obama Foundation launches Asia-Pacific leadership program

Workshops follow a pledge to ensure Hawaii recognized after Chicago got presidential library HONOLULU (AP) — The Obama Foundation is launching an Asia-Pacific leadership program with a series of workshops in Hawaii for 22 emerging leaders. The leaders selected for the conference being ...

New Hawaii law bars employers from asking about past pay

HILO (AP) — A new Hawaii law prevents employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories. The law that went into effect New Year’s Day aims to address wage gaps among different demographics in the state, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. The law signed by Gov. David ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Ige appoints former prosecutor to be new attorney general HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige is appointing Honolulu attorney and former federal prosecutor Clare Connors to be his new attorney general. Ige said Thursday that Connors’ extensive experience brings ...

Attorney general opposes Hawaiian princess’ amendment to trust

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii attorney general opposed a change that a 92-year-old Native Hawaiian princess has made to her trust to ensure her wife receives $40 million and all her personal property. Attorney General Russell Suzuki argued in a court filing last week that Abigail ...

Hawaii avocado industry expects growth as exports begin

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Shipments of Sharwil avocados from Hawaii and their resulting profits could expand exponentially in coming years, industry officials said. Hawaii’s avocado industry opened in earnest in early December with weekly shipments of about 3,000 pounds of avocados to two ...

Tourists visit Hawaii volcano park despite federal shutdown

HILO (AP) — Tourists are still visiting Kilauea volcano despite the partial closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park amid the ongoing government shutdown. Services in the national park have been curtailed due the shutdown, but the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday that businesses are ...

Hawaii law allowing medically assisted suicide takes effect

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s new medically assisted suicide law has gone into effect, but few doctors and pharmacies are willing to prescribe and dispense the life-ending medications. Hawaii Pacific Health and The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu said their pharmacies will not fill the ...

U.S. agency says cauliflower coral may need federal protection

Fisheries Service’s 90-day review just about complete KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A species of coral that environmentalists say is at risk from climate change could need U.S. protections across its entire range — not just in Hawaii, federal officials have found. The National Marine Fisheries ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Law targets bogus service animals HONOLULU — A new Hawaii law making it a crime to falsely present an animal as a service animal is about to go into effect. Starting Jan. 1, misrepresenting a service animal will carry fines ranging from $100 to $500. Some ...

Alaska Aerospace Corporation proposes Hawaii launch site

Big Island satellite facility would be closer to equator HILO (AP) — An Alaska-owned aerospace corporation wants to build a satellite launch site in Hawaii. An environmental assessment is being drafted for a proposed small satellite launch facility on the east side of the Big Island ...

29 states have minimum wages above the federal level

The Associated Press The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has remained the same since 2009. Since then, 29 states and the District of Columbia have set minimum wages above the federal level. Twenty states have minimum wage increases taking effect around the start of the new ...

New state laws affect everything from birth to death

Hawaii joins 5 other states by legalizing physician-assisted suicide of terminally ill The Associated Press The new year marks the start of numerous new state laws affecting a broad swath of life — from birth to marriage to death and, of course, taxes. Most take effect Tuesday. A look ...

Wastewater discharge from Big Island dairy concerns locals

Residents have long complained about releases of manure-laden water into nearby gulches HILO (AP) — The latest in a string of wastewater discharges from a Big Island dairy farm has residents wondering how it will handle its planned closure next year. A Monday discharge from Big Island ...

Tourism authority helps keep Pearl Harbor site open

HONOLULU (AP) — Nonprofit organizations and a state agency are helping keep one of the state’s most-visited tourist attraction open during the U.S. government shutdown. The Hawaii Tourism Authority is providing $125,000 in emergency funding to keep the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center ...

19 soldiers return home to Hawaii after 9 months abroad

Family and friends greeted them Monday night at Schofield Barracks HONOLULU (AP) — Nineteen U.S. Army soldiers were reunited with loved ones in Hawaii just in time for Christmas following a nine-month deployment in the Middle East. Family and friends greeted the soldiers Monday night as ...

Population decline could affect economy

HONOLULU (AP) — For the first time since statehood in 1959, Hawaii’s population has declined for two consecutive years with fewer births, more deaths and a greater number of residents moving to the Mainland. That comes with all sorts of implications, including a decreasing demand for ...

Big Island summits could see snow on Christmas Day

HONOLULU (AP) — The summits on the Big Island could experience a white Christmas as clouds are expected to sweep westward across Hawaii bringing showers and snow. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the National Weather Service says an upper-level disturbance will move over the Big Island ...

Kauai has aggressive form of rapid ohia death

LIHUE (AP) — Scientists have discovered on Kauai the more aggressive form of a fungal pathogen that kills trees native to Hawaii. Lab results confirmed last week the more aggressive strain of rapid ohia death, which has affected more than 210 square miles of Big Island forest since it was ...