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Hawaii News

3 vie to replace Kahele as Hilo’s state senator

HILO (AP) — A state representative and two political newcomers are vying to fill the remaining two years of former state Sen. Kai Kahele’s term after he was elected to Congress. Gov. David Ige will select the new senator representing Hilo after local Democratic Party officials sent him a ...

Hotel officials: Slow tourism recovery expected

HONOLULU (AP) — Some hotel executives don’t expect a quick recovery for Hawaii’s tourism industry. Visitor figures in November were about 77 percent lower than the same month in 2019, with just 183,779 total travelers, according to data released Monday by the Hawaii Tourism ...

Seawater AC plans shut down over costs

HONOLULU (AP) — Plans to air-condition many commercial and government buildings in Honolulu using cold deep-sea water have been shut down because of increasing construction costs. Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning LLC had pursued the project for 16 years, spending $25 million, obtaining ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Flight returns for emergency landing HONOLULU — A Southwest Airlines flight from Honolulu bound for Oakland, Calif., made an emergency landing in Hawaii after the captain heard strange noises about 20 minutes after taking off on Christmas Day. Southwest Flight ...

Park rangers cite visitors to volcano site

HONOLULU (AP) — Park rangers have cited dozens of people who have gathered at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to witness an ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano. The rangers said those cited had ventured into dangerous areas to take photos and videos of the volcano eruption that had ...

Honolulu mayor announces plan to recycle ash byproduct

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced a city contract to build a facility to treat and recycle ash in order to prevent it from ending up in Oahu’s landfill. The contract with Covanta Projects LLC was issued Dec. 7 and will cost roughly $60 million over an 11-year ...

Kauai seeks OK for resort bubble system

LIHUE (AP) — Kauai County is seeking approval to impose a post-travel resort bubble system that would allow incoming travelers to test out of their coronavirus quarantine after three days. If the plan is approved by Gov. David Ige, incoming tourists that test negative for the coronavirus ...

State agency to aid in down payments for Native Hawaiians

Program to provide funds for some on a waitlist for homes that are on Oahu HONOLULU (AP) — The state agency that helps administer land for Native Hawaiians has approved a new program that will provide a small number of Native residents with down-payment assistance. The new program ...

Helicopter firm getting more clients since eruption

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — One Hawaii island helicopter tour company has seen a substantial rise in bookings after a volcano eruption and following months of limited business due to the coronavirus pandemic. Paradise Helicopters has experienced an increase in bookings since the Kilauea volcano ...

Cancer treatment center construction starts on Big Island

HILO (AP) — A new cancer treatment center in Hawaii has broken ground after the state legislature allocated $6.5 million for the project earlier this year. A group of health care officials and lawmakers gathered Thursday to mark the beginning of construction of the new building, which will ...

Kileaua volcano continues to gush lava from vents in summit crater

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii island volcano that began erupting for the first time in two years continued Wednesday to gush lava from two vents in its summit crater, but the molten rock posed no threat to people. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said a lake of lava that’s formed in the ...

Hawaii County sees rise in property tax appeals

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — There were more than twice as many property owners in Hawaii County who appealed their tax assessments this year compared to last year, a report said. The Hawaii County Real Property Tax Board of Review said there were 750 appeals on property worth more than $660 million ...

Honolulu won’t count prisoners’ infections in reopening data

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials will no longer count COVID-19 cases among prisoners at Halawa Correctional Facility in metrics used to decide whether to tighten or loosen pandemic restrictions on Oahu. The city will still include infections among prison guards and staff, Hawaii Public ...

Mostly virus-free Kauai hit by pandemic after travel resumes

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — On the rural island of Kauai, where sprawling white sand beaches and dramatic seaside mountains attract visitors from around the world, local residents spent the first seven months of the pandemic sheltered from the viral storm. Early ...

Kilauea erupts on Big Island, drawing awestruck crowds

No homes were evacuated, slight risk posed to public By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Kilauea volcano on the Big Island roared back to life Sunday night as lava went shooting into air, boiling away a water lake and sending a massive plume of steam, gas and ash soaring ...

3,300 families receive 100 pounds of food

HONOLULU (AP) — About 3,300 families in Hawaii each received nearly 100 pounds of food during a charity event at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The Great Aloha Run event on Friday raised about $385,000 in total, with $185,000 raised privately and about $200,000 coming from federal coronavirus ...

63 more virus cases reported at Hawaii’s largest prison

HONOLULU (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak at Hawaii’s largest prison continues to multiply. The state Department of Public Safety said Saturday that an additional 55 inmates and eight employees have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Halawa Correctional Facility. The total number of ...

Union: Prison guards overworked, scared

HONOLULU (AP) — A union representing more than 300 employees at Hawaii’s largest prison said the state is not doing enough to combat a coronavirus outbreak at the facility. Union Public Workers Administrator Liz Ho said Wednesday that employees at the Halawa Correctional Facility on Oahu ...

Officials euthanize sea turtle hit by boat

LIHUE (AP) — Wildlife officials in Hawaii have euthanized a green sea turtle who was hit by a vessel and stranded on Kauai. The turtle suffered a spinal cord injury and a wound that exposed a large portion of its lungs, The Garden Island reported Sunday. The 150-pound turtle was ...

Judge: Honolulu must pay for former police chief’s defense

HONOLULU (AP) — A state judge has issued a ruling requiring Honolulu taxpayers to pay the legal defense costs of the city’s former police chief, who was convicted in a federal criminal corruption and fraud case. Honolulu city attorneys plan to appeal the decision for public payments for ...