Hawaii News

Hotel to lay off 78 employees

HONOLULU (AP) — The closure of a Hawaii hotel is expected to result in up to 78 employee layoffs. Diamond Resorts has notified 78 workers at The Modern Honolulu that their positions are to be eliminated in the next 30 days, news outlets reported Friday. Unite Here Local 5 labor union ...

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The Associated Press Missouri subject of restoration project A section of the USS Missouri is being repaired as part of a $3 million restoration project to address rust and other deterioration on the Pearl Harbor memorial ahead of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The ...

Hardships from Kilauea eruption stretch on after 1-year anniversary

More than 700 homes were destroyed; most will never move back By CALEB JONES, The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — A year after a volcano on the Big Island rained lava and gases in one of its largest and most destructive eruptions in recorded history, people who lost their homes and ...

Soldier who fell into crater upgraded to stable status

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier has been upgraded to stable condition after falling into a volcano crater. Park officials say another visitor reported seeing the 32-year-old soldier, who was not named, fall from a 300-foot cliff on Wednesday evening. Officials say he had climbed ...

Big changes coming to Oahu bulky trash pickup

HONOLULU (AP) — Bulky trash pickup is about to change dramatically for some Honolulu residents. The city announced Tuesday that the program would be moving to an appointment-based system for the pickup for about 70,000 single-family and multifamily residential buildings starting June 3, ...

Tentative deal reached in beer suit

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The parent company of a Hawaii brewery agreed on a tentative settlement with the plaintiffs in a lawsuit over allegations that the company’s packaging and advertising misleads customers. Craft Brew Alliance Inc., which owns Kona Brewing Co., reported to investors last ...

Man injured after falling into crater

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK (AP) — A man was seriously injured after crossing a safety barrier and falling into a Big Island volcano crater, authorities said. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park rangers and Hawaii Island fire crews rescued the man Wednesday night after he fell 60 to 70 feet ...

Lawmakers OK all-mail elections, recounts

The Associated Press HONOLULU — State lawmakers passed bills instituting all-mail voting and automatic recounts for races with narrow victory margins, measures they hope will boost voter turnout and confidence in elections. The House and Senate approved the measures Tuesday. The bills ...

Father says son moved to Hawaii to fly tour helicopters

The Associated Press HONOLULU — A 28-year-old man who moved to Hawaii two weeks ago from New Mexico was the pilot who died along with two passengers when a tour helicopter crashed on a street in a Honolulu suburb, his father said Tuesday. Joseph Berridge, who moved from Albuquerque to ...

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The Associated Press 1-year probation for Honolulu sergeant . HONOLULU — A Honolulu police sergeant says he was trying to help a childhood friend when he gave her information from a confidential database. Sgt. Daniel Sellers was sentenced to a year of probation Monday for disclosing ...

3 dead after tour helicopter crashes in an Oahu suburb

State representative calls for ending flights over neighborhoods and national parks By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Fire and helicopter parts rained from the sky Monday in a suburban Honolulu community as a tour helicopter crashed and killed all three ...

Tests show high levels of coral-harming chemical

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Officials have found high levels of a chemical commonly used in sunscreen that is believed to harm coral reefs in bay waters off Hawaii’s Big Island. The Kahaluu Bay Education Center commissioned the testing for oxybenzone at five sites in the bay on the island’s ...

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The Associated Press Abused wife sues spouse and HPD HONOLULU — The estranged wife of a Hawaii police sergeant charged with abusing her has filed a lawsuit against him and the police department. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that the civil suit against Honolulu Police ...

Bill reveals rift between midwife practitioners

HONOLULU (AP) — Legislation to regulate midwives in Hawaii has highlighted a divide among home birth advocates. A state Senate bill approved April 12 by the Legislature and sent to the governor for his approval will license midwives and make it illegal for unlicensed cultural and ...

Census: Oahu’s population down 62,000 in 8 years

HONOLULU (AP) — New census figures indicate the population on Oahu fell by tens of thousands over the previous eight years. Census data from 2010 to 2018 shows Oahu’s overall population decreased by 62,000. Net migration loss on Oahu from 2016 to 2017 was more than 14,000, while about ...

Endangered monk seal undergoes CT scan on Big Island

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A critically ill Hawaiian monk seal has undergone a CT scan in the hopes of determining the cause of its illness. The 3-year-old female seal, identified as RH38, was in stable but critical condition at Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital, part of The Marine Mammal ...

Honolulu police sergeant charged with domestic abuse

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu police sergeant is accused of domestic violence. The department said Wednesday Sgt. Darren Cachola has been charged with misdemeanor abuse of a household member and two counts of harassment. Police released Cachola from custody after he posted $1,500 ...

Firefighters to receive pay increases over 2 years

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii firefighters will receive pay increases as part of a new two-year contract agreement, officials said. The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association and the state government agreed to 2 percent pay increases in each of the next two years, one-time bonuses in each year and an ...

Reef shark bites woman

WAIKOLOA VILLAGE, (AP) — Officials say a shark bit a California woman near the Big Island and she was airlifted to a hospital. Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources spokes-man Dan Dennison says the 65-year-old woman was bitten Tuesday by a 5-foot black tip reef shark. No ...

$3 million settlement advances

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii state Legislature committee has recommended passage of a bill that would pay a $3 million settlement to an injured couple. The bill would appropriate $3 million for Michael Patrick O’Grady and Leiloni O’Grady of Ocean View, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported ...