Hawaii News

Inmate shooting case referred

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu prosecutors are asking the state attorney general’s office to review the fatal shooting of an inmate by a guard. The state Department of Public Safety said at the time that Maurice Arrisgado was attempting to run from the Oahu Community Correctional Center in ...

Hurricane Barbara is close to Category 5

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful Hurricane Barbara rapidly gained strength and was close to growing into a Category 5 storm Tuesday night as it pushed out over the eastern Pacific Ocean, far from land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Barbara had maximum sustained winds of nearly 155 ...

Taxpayer-funded lawyer wants out of corruption case

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A defense attorney who was appointed to represent a former Honolulu prosecutor convicted of conspiracy filed a motion Tuesday to part ways with her client. Cynthia Kagiwada asked to withdraw as an attorney for Katherine ...

Alert level increased at Mauna Loa

Officials: Erruption not imminent but volcano activity is known to evolve ‘very quickly’ By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Federal officials raised the alert level Tuesday for the world’s largest active volcano, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, which last erupted in 1984. The ...

Wyoming sailor killed at Pearl Harbor goes home

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A sailor who died during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been laid to rest in Wyoming. The Laramie Boomerang reports that there was a robust turnout for the burial of Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class George Hanson on Saturday even though only one person ...

State deputy under investigation in fatal shooting on Capitol grounds

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The deputy sheriff who shot and killed a man at the state Capitol is being investigated in the killing. The February shooting is classified as a second-degree murder case, Honolulu police said. It was originally classified as ...

Mayors convene on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu is hosting a conference for hundreds of mayors from across the United States. The U.S. Conference of Mayors started its annual meeting Friday and will run through today. Honolulu officials say more than 225 mayors are attending. Most of the meetings and ...

Kona pot dispensary opens

HONOLULU (AP) — A new medical marijuana dispensary plans to begin sales in Kailua-Kona today. Hawaiian Ethos is the eighth and final licensed medical cannabis dispensary to receive approval from the state Department of Health. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the dispensary plans to ...

Removal of Haiku hiking stairs proposed by board

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu city agency has proposed removing the popular Haiku Stairs hiking staircase that spans Oahu island’s Koolau Mountains. The Honolulu Board of Water Supply said it could cost about $1 million to remove the staircase with 3,922 steps that attracts 4,000 people ...

Prosecutor: She ‘lies as easily as she draws breath’

Katherine Kealoha taken into custody after guilty verdict By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Two U.S. marshals led a former Honolulu prosecutor out of a courtroom Friday when a U.S. judge ordered her detained after a jury found her guilty of conspiracy and he ...

Kealohas convicted in plot to hide fraud

Prosecutors say couple used a secret police unit to frame Gerard Puana for stealing their home mailbox HONOLULU (AP) — A jury has found a former Honolulu prosecutor and her now-retired police chief husband guilty in a plot to frame a relative to silence him from revealing fraud that financed ...

Jury begins deliberating in Kealohas trial

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii corruption case alleging a former police chief and his wife conspired to frame a man is now in the hands of a jury. A jury of seven men and five women began deliberating Wednesday. Now-retired Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine Kealoha, a ...

Oahu mayor OKs vacation rental bill

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor has signed a bill giving the city stronger tools to regulate vacation rentals and their operators, a report said. Democrat Kirk Caldwell signed the bill Tuesday to allow permits for about 1,700 hosted bed-and-breakfast establishments beginning in October ...

Lightning strikes injure 3

The Associated Press and The Maui News HONOLULU — Three people have been injured by lightning strikes during heavy storms in Hawaii. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that a 10-year-old boy and two men sustained serious injuries in two separate lightning strikes on Oahu on ...

Mrs. Chapman of TV’s ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ dies

Co-star of show, 51,  loses her battle with lung cancer By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Beth Chapman, who co-starred with her husband on the “Dog the Bounty Hunter” reality TV show and later spoke out against some bail reform measures as a leader of a ...

Democrats rail against economy-for-rich in debate

By JUANA SUMMERS and STEVE PEOPLES The Associated Press MIAMI — Ten Democrats railed against a national economy and Republican administration they argued exist only for the rich as presidential candidates debated onstage for the first time in the young 2020 season, embracing inequality as ...

Skydiving crash victims include a young couple and a US Navy sailor

By CALEB JONES and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — All 11 people on board a skydiving plane died when it crashed and burned at a small airfield north of Honolulu last week. It was the worst civilian aviation accident in the U.S. since 2011. The Honolulu Medical ...

Prosecutor says the Kealohas abused their positions

Closing arguments heard Tuesday in convoluted public corruption trial By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The former police chief of Honolulu and his wife, a former deputy prosecutor, abused their positions in an attempt to silence a relative who could have exposed ...

Korean War memorial dedicated

HILO (AP) — A memorial has been dedicated to Hawaii island military members who died during the Korean War, a report said. The Korean War Memorial was dedicated Saturday in a ceremony at Wailoa State Recreation Area in Hilo, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday. The memorial honors ...

Device to trap plastic waste relaunches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in second attempt to clean up a huge island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. Boyan Slat, creator of The Ocean Cleanup project, announced on Twitter that a ...