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Hawaii News

Police: All 7 killed in tour helicopter crash

HONOLULU — Tour helicopter operations in Hawaii have come under increased scrutiny after the deadly crash last week, one of several recent accidents in the state, with a congressman calling the trips unsafe and lacking proper oversight. There were no survivors of a Thursday tour helicopter ...

Judge sends dog abuser to prison

HONOLULU (AP) — A man who was recaptured after fleeing the state was sentenced to a year in prison for severely abusing a dog, officials said. Steven Boos received the longest sentence for second-degree cruelty to animals due to the severity of the animal’s injuries, The Honolulu ...

Remains of 6 people found following Kauai tour helicopter crash

Officials said Friday that there are no indications of survivors By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — The remains of six people have been found after a helicopter on a tour of one of Hawaii’s most rugged and remote coastlines crashed into the top of a mountain on the ...

Hope for Chinatown coming with restoration

HONOLULU (AP) — A restoration of the iconic Wo Fat Building could serve as a catalyst in a makeover of Honolulu’s Chinatown, developers said. The proposed $10 million restoration of the 86-year-old landmark is expected to include a cafeteria-style restaurant and 23-room hotel, The ...

Volcano repairs almost done at geothermal plant

HILO (AP) — Puna Geo-thermal Venture hopes to finish reconstruction of its facility this year after the eruption of a Kilueaha volcano shut down its operation, the company said. The power production company on the Big Island hopes to be ready to sell electricity in early 2020, The Hawaii ...

Hawaii telescope protesters to stay as blocked road reopens

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Protesters opposed to building a giant telescope on Hawaii’s tallest peak agreed Thursday to move a tent of elders that has blocked the mountain’s access road. They agreed to move the so-called “kupuna tent,” ...

Prosecutors keep up manslaughter quest against US agent

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Prosecutors pursuing a third trial against a federal agent for a fatal 2011 shooting in a Waikiki McDonald’s restaurant plan to take their quest to the U.S. Supreme Court. They want the high court to weigh in on whether ...

New subs named for Pearl Harbor ships

HONOLULU (AP) — New U.S. Navy submarines will revive the names of the USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma, two of the biggest casualties of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, officials said. Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly announced nuclear, Virginia-class attack ...

Ex-governor calls for Tulsi Gabbard to resign from Congress

Abercrombie is co-chair of the Kai Kahele campaign for Gabbard’s seat By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former Hawaii governor on Monday called for long-shot presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard to resign from Congress after she voted “present” on two ...

Honolulu mayor signs bill to create hospitality tax class

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor signed a bill creating a new tax classification for owners of Oahu properties where bed-and-breakfast establishments are operated. Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed into law the measure for what is known as hosted vacation rentals, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Forklift needed to haul away illegal fish net

HONOLULU (AP) — An illegal fishing net discovered in a Hawaii bay was so large that a forklift was needed to move it, state officials said. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said the net was found by two boaters in Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay last week, Hawaii Public Radio ...

Zippy’s to serve Dave’s Ice Cream in restaurants

HONOLULU (AP) — Zippy’s Restaurants signed a deal to continue serving Dave’s Ice Cream in all of its 24 locations, officials said. Zippy’s said the contract with Honolulu-based Dave’s takes effect immediately, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. The arrangement will ...

Hawaii County increases efforts for lava-hit areas

HILO (AP) — Hawaii County has proceeded with efforts to restore access to public roads inundated by lava following the opening of a Big Island highway last month. About 13 miles of public roads were covered by lava from the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption affecting portions of Highway 137, ...

Police stand down from TMT construction site

Builders say they are not ready to move forward at this time By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — State officials are having police leave a mountain where protesters are blocking construction of a giant telescope because the project isn’t moving forward for ...

Ige: State spent $15M for Mauna Kea access

HILO (AP) — The state has spent about $15 million to ensure safe access to Mauna Kea during an ongoing protest of a giant telescope project, the governor said. Democratic Gov. David Ige said the cost was higher than anticipated to maintain access to the mountain road during demonstrations ...

Honolulu mayor signs Oahu single-use plastics ban into law

HONOLULU (AP) — A measure prohibiting all single-use plastic and polystyrene food service items on Oahu has become law. Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed the bill into law Sunday. “I support removing single-use plastics from the waste stream and reducing dependence on oil-based products, and ...

Bill aims to prevent repeat of false missile alert

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A defense bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday seeks to prevent local government agencies from mistakenly warning residents of a ballistic missile attack the way Hawaii did nearly two years ago. The legislation includes a ...

Pearl Harbor shooter’s family offers condolences to families of victims

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — The family of a U.S. Navy sailor who shot three civilian shipyard workers at the Pearl Harbor military base before killing himself offered condolences to the families of the victims Monday. Gabriel Antonio Romero of San ...

HPD officer pleads guilty in urinal licking case

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu police officer plead guilty Monday to depriving a homeless man of his civil rights by forcing him to lick a public urinal. John Rabago said in court that he told the man, identified in court by his initials S.I., that he wouldn’t arrest him if he licked the ...

Low-income earners could lose federal aid

Proposed rule changes to food stamp program could prove costly to residents HONOLULU (AP) — Low-income earners in Hawaii could lose government assistance under proposed rule changes to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, officials said. Changes would prevent Hawaii ...