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Hawaii News

Former Honolulu mayor ends campaign for Hawaii governor

HONOLULU (AP) — The former mayor of Honolulu has pulled out of the race for Hawaii governor. Kirk Caldwell announced in a statement Wednesday that he is ending his campaign for governor in the upcoming Democratic primary election. Caldwell served as Honolulu mayor for two terms, leaving ...

Effort to unionize first Starbucks store in Hawaii fails

HONOLULU (AP) — Starbucks workers in a Honolulu suburb narrowly rejected an effort to be the first of the coffee shop chain’s Hawaii locations to unionize. Employees at a Starbucks in Mililani voted 8-7 Monday against joining the roughly 50 locations nationwide that have unionized, ...

Hawaii volcano lava flow steady after starts and stops

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano is now erupting a steady stream of lava after a period of intermittent pulsing. The latest eruption began in September but until recently had been stopping and starting every few days, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. Now the ...

Mauna Kea management bill heads to Hawaii House, Senate

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A committee of Hawaii senators and representatives on Friday agreed on legislation creating new management for Mauna Kea, the site of some of the world’s most advanced telescopes and demonstrations against the construction of a new ...

Body in burned car in Hawaii leads to arrest for murder

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Police charged a man with murder after finding a “badly burned” body in a car in a remote part of Hawaii’s Big Island over the weekend. Ammon Kaipo Spencer Stanley, 35, was being held on $1.01 million bail. Stanton ...

Prosecutors want no bail for love triangle killing

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaii man charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife’s lover should be locked up because of his wealth and the danger he poses to his family, a prosecutor said. Honolulu prosecutors filed a motion this week ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Alaska-Hawaii summer nonstop flights suspended ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska Airlines says its canceling nonstop flights between Anchorage and Honolulu during the summer months, primarily because of limited staffing. The suspension will last from June until ...

Oahu nursing center to close, citing financial challenges

WAHIAWA, Hawaii (AP) — The only skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in central Oahu expects to close this summer. Wahiawa General Hospital said it plans to close its long-term nursing center on July 22, citing insufficient insurance reimbursements and continued financial ...

Man pleads not guilty in death of lover found in Hawaii tub

HONOLULU (AP) — A 23-year-old man man accused of killing his 73-year-old lover and pouring cement over his body in a bathtub in one of Hawaii’s most exclusive gated communities has pleaded not guilty to murder. A public defender for Juan Baron entered the plea during an arraignment ...

US military drops appeal of Hawaii order to drain fuel tanks

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. government on Friday dropped its appeals of a Hawaii order requiring it to remove fuel from a massive military fuel storage facility that leaked petroleum into the Navy’s water system at Pearl Harbor last year. Attorneys for ...

Hawaii laboratory detects case of omicron subvariant XE

HONOLULU (AP) — A COVID-19 omicron variant hybrid called XE has been detected in Hawaii, the Department of Health said. The department’s laboratories division confirmed one case of XE in its latest variant report, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday. The hybrid contains genetic ...

Army seeks comment on proposal to continue Pohakuloa land lease

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Army on Friday said it was seeking comment on its proposal to continue to use state lands on Hawaii island for training. The Army has prepared a draft environmental impact statement regarding 23,000 acres of state land it wants to continue leasing at Pohakuloa ...

New Hawaii State Hospital facility to open after delays

HONOLULU (AP) — State officials expect the Hawaii State Hospital to finally open its new psychiatric facility in about two weeks after more than a year of delays. State Department of Health officials told a state Senate briefing on Monday the delays were caused by a lack of policies and ...

Hawaii panel promotes steps to improve public officials’ conduct

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaii commission formed after two former lawmakers from Maui and Oahu were arrested in connection with taking bribes on Thursday recommended boosting the state attorney general’s capacity to prosecute white collar crime and public ...

Judge rejects 15-year deal for ex-councilman in meth ring

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU—A U.S. judge has rejected a deal between prosecutors and a former elected Hawaii official who agreed to plead guilty and accept a 15-year prison term for leading a drug-trafficking organization. Arthur Brun pleaded guilty last ...

2 killed when small plane crashes in Hawaii training flight

HONOLULU (AP) — Two Hawaii men died after their small airplane crashed in steep, mountainous terrain on the northwest side of Kauai, officials said Monday. A pilot and co-pilot were on board the Cessna 172, which crashed about 13 miles north of Kekaha on Sunday afternoon. Kauai police ...

Hawaii says water in Pearl Harbor homes is safe

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health said Friday that the tap water in all residential areas served by the Navy’s Pearl Harbor water system is safe to drink, more than three months after a petroleum leak from a military fuel tank facility sickened thousands. Authorities tested ...

One dead, 3 in serious condition after Oahu shooting

HONOLULU (AP) — One man was dead and three others in serious condition after a shooting Tuesday morning in Hawaii. Honolulu Emergency Management Services Department spokesperson Shayne Enright said three men in serious condition were taken to a hospital after the shooting in Waianae, a ...

Couple allegedly trafficked teen, mother from Guam to Hawaii

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A couple trafficked a 15-year-old girl and her mother from Guam to Hawaii, where they took away their passports, forced them to work and beat them, police alleged in court documents. Kevin and Pomerrine Robert are charged ...