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Computer error forces Hawaii public housing lottery reboot

HONOLULU (AP) — A computer error has required the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to conduct a new lottery to choose successful applicants for housing assistance. A vendor experienced a software glitch causing the names of some applicants for Section 8 housing vouchers to be entered into ...

School mascot dropped after discrimination complaints

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii school plans to change its mascot after receiving complaints the name was disrespectful to Native Americans. The Kahuku High and Intermediate School on Oahu will no longer be known as the Red Raiders, Hawaii News Now reported Monday. Principal Donna Lindsey ...

Lots of finger pointing as Honolulu rail runs out of money

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press WAIPAHU (AP) — Susan Galicha can see Honolulu’s rail cars being tested on elevated tracks just minutes from her home. Yet the Waikiki hotel housekeeper may never get to ride them to work and avoid the city’s horrendous traffic jams because the ...

Lawsuit against Kauai Police Department settled for $1.84M

HONOLULU (AP) — An assistant chief of police in Kauai settled a lawsuit against his department and Kauai County for $1.84 million. Mark Begley sued the county and the Kauai Police Department in 2016, alleging he was harassed and retaliated against by former Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry, ...

US surgeon general pleads not guilty to emergency rule citation

HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams pleaded not guilty Monday on behalf of the official who was cited by Honolulu police for being in a closed park during a trip to help Hawaii cope with a spike in coronavirus cases. Adams didn’t travel to Hawaii for the ...

Hawaii inmate dies at Arizona prison with COVID-19 outbreak

Cause of death has not been determined HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii inmate has died at a privately owned prison in Arizona that has experienced an outbreak of the coronavirus, Hawaii officials said. A 61-year-old man was found unresponsive in his bed at the Saguaro Correctional Center on ...

Plans for Hawaii island compost facility postponed

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Development of a $10.5 million facility on Hawaii island to make compost using green waste and food waste has been postponed because of a shortage of the key components. Hawaii County’s contract signed in 2016 with Hawaiian Earth Recycling will wait for a new ...

Honolulu bills to hike public transport fares

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council has introduced two bills that would increase fares for public transportation. Bill 89, introduced Thursday, would set up a fare structure for the city bus and the rail system and increases fares almost across the board. Bill 87 was introduced the ...

Retired official fined for accepting free meals

HONOLULU (AP) — A former top examiner for the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has been fined $5,000 for accepting free meals from a vendor he oversaw. The state Ethics Commission announced the fine levied against Tian Xiao, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

Judge: Spy case too complex for speedy trial

HONOLULU (AP) — A case against a former CIA officer accused of spying for China is too complex for a trial to happen until at least September 2021, a judge ruled Thursday. Prosecutors asked the judge to declare the case complex against Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, a former CIA officer and ...

Report: Pilot in plane crash had risk-taking history

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The pilot of a plane that crashed and killed all 11 on board had a history of taking unnecessary risks and pushing the limits of his skills to give passengers an exciting ride, witnesses told federal ...

Honolulu police offer no details in power abuse discipline

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police conducted an administrative investigation after an officer was accused of arresting a 15-year-old boy who had a personal dispute with the officer’s son, a department spokeswoman said. Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said Officer Kirk Uemura and his ...

Electric contractor OK after helicopter loses power

HONOLULU (AP) — A helicopter carrying a Hawaiian Electric contractor lost power and made a hard landing in Honolulu Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the utility said. Emergency responders said there were no injuries. The contractor was transporting material near the Nuuanu Reservoir and no ...

Election, virus may be behind increase in gun permits on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — An increase in firearm permits issued and firearms registered this year may be the result of the coronavirus and the upcoming national election, the Honolulu police chief said. The Honolulu Police Department said there were 10,485 annual firearms permits issued on the ...

65,000 arrive in Hawaii with pre-travel testing

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii had more than 65,000 travelers arrive in the islands in the first week of its pre-travel coronavirus testing program, a state effort to get the tourism-based economy moving again amid the pandemic. State officials said in an email ...

DA BUX gets a $1 million boost

Initiative helps food stamp recipients buy local produce The Maui News The state of Hawaii and a hui of private-sector organizations are putting $1 million toward a program that will help food stamp recipients purchase locally produced fruits, vegetables and proteins. Gov. David Ige ...

Bar owners sue Honolulu over tiered virus reopening plan

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Honolulu bar owners have filed a lawsuit claiming the city’s tiered system for reopening businesses during the coronavirus pandemic is arbitrary. Bars and nightclubs on Oahu remain closed under emergency orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and bar owners ...

Surgeon general to plead not guilty

Adams cited for entering closed park By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Wednesday that his client, who is charged with illegally entering a Oahu public park that was closed because of the coronavirus, will plead not ...

Honolulu reserves rooms at 2 properties for isolation

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu reserved hundreds of rooms at two hotels so Oahu has more space for people to go into coronavirus quarantine. Officials booked 221 rooms from Oct. 15 to Dec. 30 at the Park Shore Hotel in Waikiki to isolate those who have been exposed to the virus or are required ...

Rental assistance applications on hold

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii state program providing rental assistance to tenants struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily stopped accepting applications. The Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program called a halt to applications after reaching its processing capacity, The Hawaii ...