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Hawaii News

Hawaii county officials close bay to assist coral spawning

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A Hawaii county has closed a bay to prevent disruption of coral spawning that scientists predicted would occur over two days, officials said. Hawaii County officials closed Kahaluu Bay to allow the spawning event on Monday through Tuesday on the Big Island, West Hawaii ...

Prosecutor: Hawaii law enforcement power couple abused posts

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former Honolulu police chief, his ex-prosecutor wife and current and former police officers abused their positions by “planning and scheming” to frame her uncle for a crime he did not commit, a federal prosecutor said ...

Honolulu bike share ridership increases

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu self-service bicycle rental program is the sixth most used bike share program in the nation, according to a national report. Biki is behind New York City, Chicago, greater Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C., the report from the National ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Residents meet to name fissure HILO — Residents of a Big Island neighborhood have met to discuss what they should name a nearby volcanic fissure. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday that about 30 people attended the meeting Thursday in the Big Island ...

USGS volcano observatory awaits funds for new base

HILO (AP) — Staff members from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are settling into another temporary office in Hilo, their third move since the Kilauea volcano eruption forced the evacuation of their headquarters in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Hawaii ...

State high court considers Army training grounds case

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii state Supreme Court is considering a case in which plaintiffs have said the state has not enforced the terms of a lease for U.S. Army training grounds. The court heard arguments in the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling that the Hawaii Department of Land ...

Monk seal that had CT scan is suffering from an infection

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal that underwent a CT scan in a human hospital is suffering from muscle inflammation and infection. West Hawaii Today reported Thursday that the scan performed April 21 at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea discovered the 3-year-old ...

Hawaii geothermal plant will need state approval to rebuild

POHOIKI, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii geothermal power company must win state approval before rebuilding transmission lines wiped out by volcanic eruption. News outlets reported Wednesday that Puna Geothermal Venture must hold a public hearing and receive state Public Utilities Commission ...

Former Hawaii officers among group indicted for stolen drugs

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A grand jury has indicted two retired Hawaii Police Department officers in a case involving stolen drug evidence, according to court records. A grand jury convened in Kona on Hawaii Island Tuesday to hear charges against former officers Brian Miller and Chadwick Fukui, ...

Honolulu mayor plans 3 tax hikes to cover future rail costs

HONOLULU (AP) — The mayor of Honolulu has proposed a trio of tax increases to cover costs of a forthcoming rail line, a report said. The budget by Mayor Kirk Caldwell includes tax hikes designed in part to cover the city’s rail operations and maintenance, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Mother to take stand against Hawaii woman in heroin trial

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The mother of a Hawaii woman charged with heroin possession was expected to take the stand as the first witness against her daughter. The Garden Island reported Tuesday that 31-year-old Julia Scriven was charged with felony promotion of a dangerous drug in April ...

Hawaii university head proposes tuition freeze, reduction

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii should freeze undergraduate tuition and lower costs for some graduate students, its president says. University President David Lassner has submitted a proposal intended to attract more students and keep college fees affordable, The Honolulu ...

Southwest adds to its new interisland flight schedule

HONOLULU (AP) — Southwest Airlines has started a new route in the Hawaiian Islands with plans to add more interisland service, officials said. The airline began service between Honolulu on Oahu and Kona on Hawaii island, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. Southwest plans to ...

Jury selection starting in high-level Oahu corruption case

The large group of prospective jurors needed required officials to move task to Blaisdell By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Jury selection began Monday in a closely watched corruption scandal involving the highest levels of Honolulu law enforcement. But instead ...

Researchers push back against shark protection bill

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Legislation meant to protect Hawaii’s shark population was altered at the 11th hour to remove the apex predators from the bill amid concerns from the scientific community. The bill was intended to extend protections already in place for manta rays to include ...

Preliminary crash report offered

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal investigators have released a preliminary report that offers details but not a cause of a deadly helicopter crash in Hawaii. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that the National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday lists the initial ...

Hirono seeks answers after crash

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. senator is asking federal transportation officials for detailed information about helicopter accidents in the state, a report said. Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono sent letters Tuesday to National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt and Federal Aviation ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Man who stabbed mother sentenced HONOLULU — A Hawaii man who fatally stabbed his mother when he was 16 has received a reduced prison term under young adult sentencing guidelines, reports said. A judge sentenced Kaanoi Kipapa on Tuesday to eight years in prison for ...

Public asked to give space to endangered monk seal

HONOLULU (AP) — The public should give adequate space to ensure the safety of a monk seal that has been resting on an Oahu beach, officials said. The female seal identified as 8-year-old Kaiwi has come onto a Waikiki beach in Honolulu four times in recent days, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

New lawyer for Hawaiian heiress in legal battle over her millions

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge is allowing a 93-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress to switch lawyers in a legal fight over control of her $215 million estate. Abigail Kawananakoa is considered a princess because she’s a descendent of the family that ruled the islands before the overthrow of the ...