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Hawaii News

Three Honolulu police officers face charges in fatal shooting

HONOLULU (AP) — Three Honolulu police officers appeared in court on Friday to face charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Micronesian boy, the first cases of their kind against law enforcement in the city in more than 40 years. The officers were not asked to enter ...

Hawaii pilot lost power amid stunt before entering ocean

HONOLULU (AP) — A pilot said he was was performing a stunt in his single-engine, two-seat plane when he lost power and crashed into the ocean in Hawaii. Pilot Claus Hansen, 57, was not injured in the Thursday crash off Oahu. He told KITV that he sent a message on the radio just before ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Ex-Honolulu managing director target in US probe HONOLULU — A legislative aide to a Honolulu city councilman is on paid administrative leave after receiving a letter from federal authorities informing him he’s a target in an investigation. Roy Amemiya was ...

NASA sends squid from Hawaii into space for research

HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii are in space for study. The baby Hawaiian bobtail squid were raised at the University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory and were blasted into space earlier this month on a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space ...

Honolulu police vow to be more transparent after shootings

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department says it is making changes to be more transparent and address use of force tactics. The department will hold news conferences within 24 hours of all shootings involving officers, implement training changes including emphasizing de-escalation ...

Three Honolulu police officers charged in killing of 16-year-old

HONOLULU (AP) — A police officer was charged with murder and two others were charged with attempted murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy, Honolulu prosecutors said Tuesday. It comes after a grand jury last week declined to indict the officers in the shooting ...

Lighting failure closes airport runway in Hilo

HILO (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Transportation has indefinitely closed one of two runways at the Hilo International Airport after the lights went out. Department spokesman Jai Cunningham said the runway went dark on Friday and airport personnel are trying to determine the cause, the ...

Officers not indicted in Honolulu shooting that killed teen

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Grand jurors have declined to indict three Honolulu police officers in a shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy. The Honolulu prosecuting attorney’s office said it presented evidence to a grand jury Wednesday seeking ...

Virus outbreaks in Hawaii jails prompt inmate lawsuit

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A class-action lawsuit on behalf of Hawaii inmates says the state has failed to protect people from COVID-19 outbreaks in unsanitary jails. Nearly half of the people in Hawaii custody have contracted the virus, and five out ...

All-clear given after unspecified threat locks down Pearl Harbor base

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. military gave an “all-clear” after an unspecified threat prompted an hours-long lockdown of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Tuesday. A military news release didn’t elaborate on the “potential incident” that required the base to close its entrances and ...

Hawaii-bound kayaker rescued off California

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A kayaker hoping to paddle solo from California to Hawaii was rescued six days after he set out by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter amid rough seas and high winds. Cyril Derreumaux endured several problems with his 23-foot kayak, but when he lost his sea anchor he ...

No mass protests after Honolulu police shoot, kill Black man

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and MOGOMOTSI MAGOME The Associated Press HONOLULU — Lindsay Myeni and her South African husband moved to Hawaii, where she grew up, believing it would be safer to raise their two Black children here than in another U.S. state. Three months after they ...

Earthquake origin at underwater volcano shakes Hawaii island

CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — An earthquake at an active deep sea volcano off Hawaii island but didn’t appear to have any impact on other nearby volcanoes and no significant damage was reported. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the ...

Hawaii search still on for missing Nebraska hiker

WAIMEA, HI (AP) — An aerial search for a Nebraska man missing in Hawaii has been suspended, but volunteers planned to continue searching for him on the ground Tuesday. Samuel Joseph Martinez, 23, was studying microbiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before he flew to the Hawaiian ...

Remains of Utah sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to return home

DELTA, Utah (AP) — The remains of a Navy sailor who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor have returned to Salt Lake City, and a ceremony at his home in Delta is scheduled, officials said. Navy Radioman 3rd Class Theodore Q. Jensen, 22, of Delta was identified in December 2020 using ...

11-year-old hiker rescued in Hawaii after injuring arm

HONOLULU (AP) — Firefighters in Hawaii rescued an 11-year-old girl who was injured while hiking on a mountain range east of Honolulu on Monday. The Honolulu Fire Department responded to a report of a young girl who fell while hiking with family on the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail around 9:30 ...

Endangered Hawaiian monk seal deaths investigated as crimes

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal and state officials in Hawaii are investigating the suspicious deaths of two endangered monk seals on the island of Molokai. The seals were found dead on April 27 on the west side of Molokai, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. Examinations revealed ...

Study seeks origins of ghost nets that haunt Hawaii’s shores

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — “Ghost nets” from unknown origins drift among the Pacific’s currents, threatening sea creatures and littering shorelines with the entangled remains of what they kill. Lost or discarded at sea, sometimes decades ago, this fishing ...

Earthquake hits beneath south flank of Kilauea

HONOLULU (AP) — A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck Sunday beneath the south flank of Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported. The earthquake was centered about 9 miles south of the volcano, at a depth of about 5 miles, ...