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Hawaii airport workers given extra time for vaccine mandate

HONOLULU (AP) — Airline workers and Transportation Security Administration staff have been granted a grace period to comply with a Hawaii order that requires people going to state facilities like airports to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. The grace period is for ...

Honolulu police suspend search for missing 6-year-old girl

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police on Monday suspended their search for a 6-year-old Hawaii girl who has been missing for more than a week. An investigation into the whereabouts of Isabella Kalua remained active and detectives were continuing to follow up on leads, Honolulu Police Department ...

Couple buys assets of defunct dairy on Hawaii island

HILO (AP) — The owners of a Hawaii food distribution company have bought the assets of a Hamakua dairy farm that went out of business several years ago. Chad and Stephanie Buck of Oahu recently purchased the assets of the former Big Island Dairy with hopes of supporting sustainable ...

7 people injured in Honolulu by falling branch of banyan tree

HONOLULU (AP) — At least seven people were injured Saturday in the collapse of a large tree branch in Honolulu’s Waikiki neighborhood, Hawaii News Now reported. A large branch of a banyan tree came crashing down about 12:15 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in the heart of the popular ...

Lawyer: Missing Hawaii girl’s family cooperating with police

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Adoptive family members of a missing Hawaii girl have been fully cooperative with police and consented to a full-day search of their home, an attorney for them said in a statement. Isabella Kalua was last seen asleep Sunday ...

Missing Hawaii girl’s parents withdrew her from school

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The adoptive parents of a missing 6-year-old Hawaii girl pulled her out of school to home-school her, the state Department of Education said. Isabella Kalua attended kindergarten at Waimanalo Elementary last school year via ...

Hawaii-based soldier sentenced to 62 years for killing wife

HONOLULU (AP) — A military judge sentenced a Hawaii-based soldier to 62 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to premeditated murder for brutally beating and stabbing his wife. The Army’s prosecutor sought the full 65-year term for 24-year-old Spc. Raul Hernandez Perez, the Honolulu ...

Hawaii-based soldier admits to beating, stabbing his wife

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii-based soldier has admitted to beating his wife with a baseball bat while she lay face down on the bed as she slept, and then stabbing her in the back the morning after their first anniversary. Army Spc. Raul Hernandez Perez changed his plea Monday in the death of ...

Misspelling of Moderna leads to tourist’s arrest in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — A 24-year-old Illinois woman submitted a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to visit Hawaii with a glaring spelling error that led to her arrest: Moderna was spelled ìMaderna,” according to court documents. In order to bypass Hawaii’s 10-day traveler quarantine, she ...

Honolulu to require vaccine or negative test at restaurants

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Seeking to beat back a COVID-19 surge, Honolulu will soon require patrons of restaurants, bars, museums, theaters and other establishments to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for the disease, the city’s mayor said ...

Is Kilauea volcano going to erupt again?

EXPLAINER By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Scientists say the immediate potential for an eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has declined after earthquakes and ground swelling subsided in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday morning. Earlier in the week, the quakes ...

Investigation prompts some access changes for Big Island bus

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Prompted by a U.S. investigation, Big Island officials have agreed to make changes to the county’s bus system to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The investigation stemmed from a complaint from a rider that wheelchair lifts weren’t working on Hele-On ...

Spain judge nixes backup site for disputed Hawaii telescope

By ARITZ PARRA The Associated Press MADRID — A Spanish judge in a decision cheered by environmentalists has put a halt to backup plans for the construction of a giant telescope in the Canary Islands — eliminating at least for now the primary alternative location to the preferred spot ...

Honolulu prosecutor won’t appeal ruling sparing police

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Honolulu’s prosecutor on Monday said his office will not appeal a judge’s decision to reject murder and attempted murder charges filed against three police officers in the fatal shooting of a teenager. Steve Alm defended his ...

Honolulu hospital fills up amid COVID-19 surge

HONOLULU — A hospital serving a Honolulu suburb on Friday has filled up as the community faces a surge of COVID-19 cases. All 104 beds at The Queen’s Medical Center - West Oahu are full, said Jason Chang, the CEO of The Queen’s Health Systems. The Ewa Beach hospital has sent some ...

Judge hears more on Honolulu teen’s fatal shooting by police

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A 16-year-old fatally shot by Honolulu police weaved in and out of traffic at 50 to 80 mph as he led police on a high-speed chase along highways and city streets immediately before the shooting. The details came during testimony on ...

Ex-soldier convicted of teen’s ’82 murder can’t get DNA test

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday urged Congress to correct a disparity that doesn’t allow members of the U.S. military convicted by a court-martial the same avenues as civilian prisoners to seek DNA testing that could ...

Hawaiian prosecutor appointed to appeals court judge vacancy

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday selected a Native Hawaiian prosecutor and former high school teacher for an appeals court judge vacancy after he initially appointed a white man who faced criticism over equitable racial and ...

Hawaiian elders protesting telescope found not guilty

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Four Native Hawaiians arrested in 2019 while protesting against construction of a giant telescope on Hawaii’s highest peak were not guilty of obstructing the mountain’s access road, a judge ruled Friday. Judge M. Kanani ...

Mistaken identity lands man in mental hospital

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii officials wrongly arrested a homeless man for a crime committed by someone else, locked him up in a state hospital for more than two years, forced him to take psychiatric drugs and then tried to cover up the mistake by ...