Hawaii News

State legislators debate jurisdiction over telescope road

Larger legal issue looms for TMT and other telescopes HONOLULU (AP) — State officials are debating jurisdiction over the road leading to a contested telescope project, a report said. State Sen. Kai Kahele questioned the state’s legal jurisdiction over Mauna Kea Access Road during a ...

Bidders vie for Obama’s Punahou basketball jersey

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Bidding was drawing to a close Friday for a basketball jersey believed to have been worn by President Barack Obama. Peter Noble was a student at a prestigious and elite Honolulu prep school when he grabbed a basketball jersey ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Gabbard breaks for reserve training HONOLULU — Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is taking two weeks off from her 2020 Democratic presidential campaign to participate in Army National Guard training. Gabbard announced the two-week break in a statement Monday. ...

UH students at telescope protest can study remotely

HILO (AP) — University of Hawaii students protesting the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope are expected to have class options allowing them to remain on the mountain, a report said. The plan to start construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island has been thwarted for ...

Amid protest, Big Island astronomers lose observation time

They have lost four weeks of work, thousands of hours of observations By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Asteroids, including those that might slam into Earth. Clouds of gas and dust on the verge of forming stars. Planets orbiting stars other than our own. This is some ...

No action on Kealoha’s new trial motion

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge isn’t making any decisions on a former Honolulu prosecutor’s request for a new trial until after she’s sentenced for conspiracy in what’s been described as the state’s biggest corruption case. Katherine Kealoha filed a motion saying she should get a ...

Big Island’s Kilauea eruption recovery manager questioned

HILO (AP) — County of Hawaii officials have questioned and criticized an official about strategies for public recovery from damage caused by the Kilauea volcano eruption. Diane Ley made a presentation to the County Council Finance Committee on Tuesday highlighting interim recovery ...

Single-use plastic ban considered on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials have proposed prohibiting single-use plastics at food service establishments, a proposal on which the county is divided, a report said. Honolulu City Council was scheduled to discuss the bill Wednesday at a monthly meeting, the Star-Advertiser reported ...

Women plead not guilty in death of boy last year

HILO (AP) — Two Hawaii women have pleaded not guilty to all charges in connection with the death of a young boy last year, a report said. Ashley Nihipali, 34, and Kuuipo Nihipali, 32, pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple charges including second-degree murder, the Hawaii Tribune Herald ...

Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels

By AUDREY McAVOY and CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Honolulu police said Wednesday surveillance video recorded images of the same man at three different high-rise hotels near Waikiki Beach where fires were intentionally set in recent days. Two rooms were burglarized while ...

Monk seal recovered, released after second rescue

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal has been released in good health after her second rescue by a marine mammal hospital. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that the juvenile seal designated RH38 was recently released into the waters of Kauai. The release marked the end of ...

Scientists say water in crater is heated by Kilauea volcano

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Scientists have discovered that a growing pond of water inside a Hawaii crater is being heated by Kilauea volcano. The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday that temperature readings taken over the weekend show that a growing pool of water ...

Ohia fungus found on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — A fungal tree disease has been discovered on Oahu, a report said, making it the fourth Hawaiian island where rapid ohia death has been recorded since its discovery in 2014. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources found the disease on a dead ohia tree about three ...

With Mauna Kea blocked, TMT files for permit to build in Spain

By JOSEPH WILSON and CALEB JONES The Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain — The group behind a $1.4 billion telescope planned for the Big Island is applying for a permit to build in Spain as ongoing protests and a human blockade prevent them from starting construction on Mauna Kea, ...

Water in volcano could net explosive eruptions

HONOLULU (AP) — For the first time in recorded history, a pond of water has been discovered inside the summit crater of Kilauea volcano, a development that could signal a shift to a more explosive phase of future eruptions. After a week of questions about a mysterious green patch at the ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Day care operator indicted for death HONOLULU — A Oahu woman has been indicted for manslaughter in the death of an infant girl in her care. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports an Oahu grand jury indicted 41-year-old Dixie D. Villa on Thursday. A Honolulu ...

Suit filed against retailers mislabeling Kona coffee

HILO (AP) — Hawaii coffee farmers have filed a lawsuit against major retailers after they said scientific tests confirm coffee frequently sold as being “Kona” is mislabeled, a report said. Three coffee farmers said the lawsuit came after chemical tests completed in May revealed that ...

Honolulu police sergeant fined, drunk driving charge reduced

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Honolulu police sergeant has been fined in a deal that allowed him to plead guilty to reckless driving instead of driving under the influence, a report said. Albert F. Lee, 52, was fined $500, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. A circuit court judge ...

Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescope

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa on Wednesday visited Native Hawaiian protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope on Hawaii’s tallest mountain. The Native Hawaiian Hollywood actor wore green leaf lei around his neck and the ...

Governor withdraws emergency order for telescope protesters

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor on Tuesday rescinded an emergency proclamation put in place to deal with Native Hawaiian protesters who are blocking a road to prevent the construction of a giant telescope at a mountain summit they consider ...