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The Associated Press Oahu homeowners to get tax break HONOLULU — Honolulu officials have approved a bill that would lower property taxes by about $70 for most Oahu homeowners. The Honolulu City Council voted unanimously for the bill last week despite Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s ...

Two Oahu vacation rental bills advance

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council has advanced two bills aimed at providing regulations on short-term vacation rentals on Oahu. Both bills now go back to the Council Planning Committee, as interim Council Chairwoman Ann Kobayashi proposes a new draft of Bill 89, the Honolulu ...

Aloha Poke claim revives Hawaiian cultural protections effort

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name “Aloha Poke” and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for ...

Ex-sergeant says vendetta led to DUI case against him

HONOLULU — A former Honolulu police sergeant says an ex-prosecutor brought a drunken-driving case against him because she had a vendetta against him, his defense attorney said in court documents. Albert Lee was a sergeant when he allegedly crashed into a Hawaiian Electric vault in 2016 ...

Scientists see gain in volcano activity HILO — Scientists on Hawaii island are monitoring increasing activity surrounding one of the Big Island’s volcanoes. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday that The Hawaii Volcano Observatory is closely monitoring Mauna Loa as conditions have ...

Gabbard hits threshold to qualify for Dem debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tulsi Gabbard says her 2020 presidential campaign has reached the donor threshold to qualify for the Democratic debates that begin in June. The congresswoman from Hawaii said in a video posted Wednesday night on Twitter that her campaign had collected contributions from ...

Former mayor wants embattled Honolulu prosecutor’s job

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Former Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle wants to return to his old job as the city’s top prosecutor because of a growing corruption scandal, he said Wednesday. Carlisle told The Associated Press he is seeking to replace ...

Science fact: Astronomers reveal first image of black hole

By SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Humanity got its first glimpse Wednesday of the cosmic place of no return: a black hole. And it’s as hot, as violent and as beautiful as science fiction imagined. In a breakthrough that thrilled the world of astrophysics and ...

Hawaii closer to forcing Airbnb to collect taxes on vacation rentals

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers eager to gather tax revenue from the state’s flourishing, yet mostly unpermitted, vacation rental sector on Tuesday passed legislation that would require websites like Airbnb to collect and pay taxes on behalf of ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Ex-commissioner sentenced to jail HILO — The former vice chairman of the state Real Estate Commission has been sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of court supervision. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday that 54-year-old Scott Alan Sherley was ...

Suit over child’s death names caregivers, agencies

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The parents of a child who died in foster care have filed a lawsuit accusing the caregivers and associated agencies of negligence, according to court records. Sherri-Ann Garett and Juben Garcia filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday over the July 2017 death of ...

Possible relocation of volcano observatory raises some concerns

Facility has been located at Kilauea caldera rim for over a century HILO (AP) — Some have voiced concerns about the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory potentially moving off of the Big Island to Oahu. The Observatory confirmed last week that Oahu is one option under consideration for a new ...

Report: Hawaii Kona crab ample enough for increased fishing

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Hawaii’s Kona crab fishery is healthy enough to expand the catch brought to market, according to an assessment by a federal marine science agency. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the 2018 stock assessment of the main Hawaiian Islands Kona crab ...

Hawaii considers reforming bail system called unfair to poor

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii would be the latest state to overhaul its bail system to make it fairer for the poor if bills before the state Legislature become law. Lawmakers are considering allowing defendants accused of non-violent offenses to be released ...

US guided missile destroyer arrives in Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU (AP) — A new guided missile destroyer that is among the U.S. Navy’s newest class of warships has arrived in Pearl Harbor. The USS Zumwalt arrived Tuesday morning after making its first operational trip, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. The 610-footlong guided ...

USGS searches for new observatory site

HILO (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is looking for a new home for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory after it became displaced because of the Kilauea volcano eruption last year. The observatory office and Jaggar Museum near the edge of the Kilauea caldera in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ...

Zippy’s Restaurant planning its first store in Las Vegas

HONOLULU (AP) — A popular Hawaii restaurant chain has purchased land in Las Vegas to open its first location outside the state. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Zippy’s Restaurants announced plans last week to open a 7,000-square-foot restaurant and bakery at the corner of Badura ...

Pearl Harbor memorial to remain closed

HONOLULU (AP) — Repairs to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor are expected to keep the dock closed through the summer. The National Park Service has awarded a $2.1 million contract for repairs that are expected to be completed in time for the next Dec. 7, 1941, remembrance ...

Lawmakers approve Kilauea disaster relief

HONOLULU (AP) — State lawmakers have approved $20 million in grants and $40 million in loans to Hawaii County to help residents recover from last year’s Kilauea volcano eruption. The Senate passed legislation awarding the funds on Friday, one month after the House. The bill goes to Gov. ...

Utah ‘extreme stalking’ case hones in on Hawaii man

By BRADY McCOMBS The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah family that says it has been inundated with hundreds of unwanted service providers unwittingly sent to their home over the past seven months has a court-ordered protective injunction against a man in Hawaii, but police have yet ...