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Hawaii News

Retired official fined for accepting free meals

HONOLULU (AP) — A former top examiner for the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has been fined $5,000 for accepting free meals from a vendor he oversaw. The state Ethics Commission announced the fine levied against Tian Xiao, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

Judge: Spy case too complex for speedy trial

HONOLULU (AP) — A case against a former CIA officer accused of spying for China is too complex for a trial to happen until at least September 2021, a judge ruled Thursday. Prosecutors asked the judge to declare the case complex against Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, a former CIA officer and ...

Report: Pilot in plane crash had risk-taking history

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The pilot of a plane that crashed and killed all 11 on board had a history of taking unnecessary risks and pushing the limits of his skills to give passengers an exciting ride, witnesses told federal ...

Honolulu police offer no details in power abuse discipline

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police conducted an administrative investigation after an officer was accused of arresting a 15-year-old boy who had a personal dispute with the officer’s son, a department spokeswoman said. Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said Officer Kirk Uemura and his ...

Electric contractor OK after helicopter loses power

HONOLULU (AP) — A helicopter carrying a Hawaiian Electric contractor lost power and made a hard landing in Honolulu Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the utility said. Emergency responders said there were no injuries. The contractor was transporting material near the Nuuanu Reservoir and no ...

Election, virus may be behind increase in gun permits on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — An increase in firearm permits issued and firearms registered this year may be the result of the coronavirus and the upcoming national election, the Honolulu police chief said. The Honolulu Police Department said there were 10,485 annual firearms permits issued on the ...

65,000 arrive in Hawaii with pre-travel testing

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii had more than 65,000 travelers arrive in the islands in the first week of its pre-travel coronavirus testing program, a state effort to get the tourism-based economy moving again amid the pandemic. State officials said in an email ...

DA BUX gets a $1 million boost

Initiative helps food stamp recipients buy local produce The Maui News The state of Hawaii and a hui of private-sector organizations are putting $1 million toward a program that will help food stamp recipients purchase locally produced fruits, vegetables and proteins. Gov. David Ige ...

Bar owners sue Honolulu over tiered virus reopening plan

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Honolulu bar owners have filed a lawsuit claiming the city’s tiered system for reopening businesses during the coronavirus pandemic is arbitrary. Bars and nightclubs on Oahu remain closed under emergency orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and bar owners ...

Surgeon general to plead not guilty

Adams cited for entering closed park By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Wednesday that his client, who is charged with illegally entering a Oahu public park that was closed because of the coronavirus, will plead not ...

Honolulu reserves rooms at 2 properties for isolation

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu reserved hundreds of rooms at two hotels so Oahu has more space for people to go into coronavirus quarantine. Officials booked 221 rooms from Oct. 15 to Dec. 30 at the Park Shore Hotel in Waikiki to isolate those who have been exposed to the virus or are required ...

Rental assistance applications on hold

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii state program providing rental assistance to tenants struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily stopped accepting applications. The Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program called a halt to applications after reaching its processing capacity, The Hawaii ...

Report: Oahu consumer prices are on the rise as result of the pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — Prices have risen for most goods and services on Oahu since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, a new federal report said. The latest inflation report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated consumer prices for Honolulu have risen more than the ...

Billionaire helps arrange 1M mask donation to Hawaii island

KAILUA-KONA, (AP) — A billionaire tech entrepreneur with a home on Hawaii island has coordinated a donation of 1 million face masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus there. Salesforce CEO and founder Marc Benioff helped arrange the estimated $1.9 million donation to Hawaii County Civil ...

State officials are moving forward with new Oahu jail

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials in Hawaii plan to move forward with construction of a new jail on Oahu to deal with continuous inmate overcrowding. Previous efforts dating to 1964 have not gone this far toward developing a new site for the Oahu Community Correctional Center, The Honolulu ...

Star power helps uplift, connect elementary school

HONOLULU (AP)— Some of Hawaii’s most popular musical artists have appeared before an unlikely audience — a small elementary school on Oahu’s windward coast. These are gigs with a purpose: The principal dreamed up the virtual concerts, presenting headliners like internationally ...

Oahu water board asks residents to conserve due to drought

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Board of Water Supply officials asked Oahu residents to conserve water through the fall because of ongoing drought conditions. Officials from Oahu’s water utility said rainfall has been less than 50 percent of the normal average, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Oahu buyers paying more for larger houses during pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — Demand for bigger homes, reduced inventory and near historic low interest rates have helped Oahu’s housing market set a price record for a second straight month. The median sale price for previously owned single-family homes rose to $880,000 in September, The Honolulu ...

University of the Nations confirms 30 virus cases

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — COVID-19 testing will be conducted on hundreds of staff and students at a university on Hawaii island following a recent outbreak. West Hawaii Today reported Monday that officials at the University of the Nations Kona confirmed 30 cases associated with the Big Island ...

Ex-Hawaii residents in territories seek to vote in presidential election

HONOLULU (AP) — Six former Hawaii residents who now live in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands want to be able to vote by absentee ballot for president. They are being treated like “second-class citizens” because of where they live, they said in a federal lawsuit filed late Thursday in ...