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Hawaii News

Boat tours of Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona Memorial to resume

HONOLULU (AP) — Some boat tours to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor will resume this week, the National Park Service said. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial will open for limited boat tours to the USS Arizona on Friday, the park service said in a statement Wednesday. The USS ...

Honolulu City Council urges delaying pre-travel test plan

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday urged Hawaii’s governor to consider delaying a plan to allow travelers to use a negative COVID-19 test to bypass quarantine until the number of new cases on the U.S. mainland and in Hawaii drop significantly. The nine-member council ...

Judge blocks auction of Hawaiian princess’ things

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — An auction of a 94-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress’ belongings can’t go forward until a conservator is named to handle her finances, a judge ruled Monday. Abigail Kawananakoa’s foundation, which has been working to ...

Bill would give Hawaii land for temporary homeless camps

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii legislative committee has approved a bill to allow state land to be used for emergency homeless camps during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill passed by House Finance Committee members Monday would allow month-to-month revocable permits to be used for ...

City of Honolulu to make ‘Haiku Stairs’ a public attraction

HONOLULU (AP) — Ownership of a stairway that snakes along a mountainside in Hawaii has been transferred to the city of Honolulu in hopes of transforming the currently off-limits hike into a public attraction. The Board of Water Supply transferred the staircase known as the Stairway to ...

Two magnitude 4 quakes shake Kilauea area

The Maui News There were two magnitude 4-sized earthquakes within 15 hours of each other and a mile apart beneath Kilauea’s southern flank Thursday and Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcano Observatory reported.  A 4.6 quake struck at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday night about ...

Judge: Hawaii’s quarantine is reasonable during pandemic

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. judge will not stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, saying in a ruling that the emergency mandate is reasonable during the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A group of ...

US judge mulls legal challenge to state travel quarantine

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge said she will try to issue a decision Thursday on whether to grant a request to stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, meant to control the spread of the coronavirus. A group of Hawaii, California and Nevada residents filed a lawsuit saying ...

Legislators reject draft proposal to aid cargo firm

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii legislators have opted not to approve a proposal to give an ocean cargo company $30 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to avoid a shutdown of its service. The state House Finance Committee did not advance the draft bill Tuesday that could have provided ...

Court rules in favor of Native Hawaiian homestead applicants

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued a ruling on a Department of Hawaiian Homelands waiting list that could result in the state paying millions of dollars to beneficiaries. The justices unanimously ruled Tuesday that the state’s conduct resulted in a growing list of Native ...

Foundation fights auction by Hawaiian princess

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A foundation working to ensure that a 94-year-old woman’s fortune goes to benefiting Native Hawaiian causes now wants to stop an auction of items belonging to the heiress some consider a princess. Attorneys for the ...

Honolulu police chief opposes some reforms for department

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu police chief does not agree with all of the proposed changes expected to pass in the upcoming state Legislature police reform bills, she said. Chief Susan Ballard said she does not believe all the measures required to comply with a presidential executive order ...

Perks for electric vehicle owners set to expire Wednesday

(AP) — Drivers will no longer receive certain benefits for driving electric vehicles in Hawaii under a law set to expire at the end of the month. The Hawaii Department of Transportation has reminded electric vehicle owners that they will now be charged a fee for parking at most state and ...

State budget cuts suspend female prisoner furlough

30-year-old program has operated out of the YWCA in city’s Makiki area for the past five years HONOLULU (AP) — State budget cuts are expected to prompt officials to suspend a program that provides work furloughs for female inmates, the Hawaii Department of Public Safety said. The ...

US Supreme Court won’t hear federal agent’s 2011 case

Refusal means no third trial over fatal shooting in Waikiki By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. Supreme Court denied hearing a case over whether a federal agent should face a third trial over a fatal 2011 shooting in a Waikiki McDonald’s ...

State pays out $15.8M in potentially fraudulent jobless claims since March

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii said Thursday it paid $15.8 million in benefits for potentially fraudulent jobless claims under a U.S. government program providing funds to independent contractors and self-employed individuals unable to work because of the ...

Feds support legal challenge to 2-week travel quarantine

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A quarantine imposed on travelers arriving to Hawaii discriminates against out-of-state residents, the U.S. Department of Justice said in support of a lawsuit challenging the mandate meant to protect the islands against the ...

12 containers remain missing off Big Island

HONOLULU (AP) — A salvage team continued searching Tuesday for missing shipping containers that fell from a barge as it headed to Hilo Harbor. Two of the containers that fell Monday were towed to the harbor, while another two were located and marked, the Coast Guard said. As of Tuesday ...

21 shipping containers fall overboard

HONOLULU (AP) — At least 21 shipping containers fell overboard into the ocean near Hilo on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Nine of the 40-foot shipping containers were located and 12 remained missing, the Coast Guard said. The crew of the tug and barge Ho Omaka Hou saw the containers ...