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The Associated Press Wind farm to fund bat, petrel research HONOLULU — The operator of a Hawaii wind farm has agreed to fund research into their environmental practices after some endangered species were killed by their turbines. Kawailoa Wind agreed to pay $250,000 to research how ...

Protest police presence backed by appeals court

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A Hawaii appellate court has ruled that Hawaii County’s police chief was within his authority when he requested help from police in other counties during the 2019 protests over the Thirty Meter Telescope. The state Intermediate Court of Appeals issued an opinion last ...

Final two in corruption case sentenced

HONOLULU (AP) — A retired Honolulu police officer and a Big Island firefighter were sentenced Wednesday in connection with a corruption case involving a former Honolulu prosecutor and her retired police chief husband. Retired Honolulu police officer Niall Silva was sentenced to nine months ...

Lawmakers want new management over Mauna Kea

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — House Democratic leaders announced plans Tuesday to develop a new management structure for Hawaii’s tallest mountain, where protesters in past years have blocked the construction of a large telescope on the peak some Native Hawaiians ...

Hawaii GOP chairwoman resigns over QAnon tweet controversy

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The chairwoman of the Hawaii Republican Party has resigned after a senior party member used an official Twitter account to send tweets defending adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory. Shirlene Ostrov stepped down “to allow the ...

Honolulu City Council approves housing tower in Chinatown

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council has endorsed an affordable rental housing tower for older adults on city land in Chinatown. Council members voted Wednesday to provide regulatory approval for the 156-unit Halewaiolu Senior Residences project for older residents with low incomes, ...

FHB posts 4Q earnings

HONOLULU (AP) — First Hawaiian Inc. (FHB) reported fourth-quarter earnings of $61.7 million last week. The Honolulu-based bank said it had earnings of 47 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for nonrecurring costs, were 50 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Pre-travel testing to include South Korea HONOLULU — Travelers from South Korea can soon bypass Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine by producing a negative COVID-19 test from a trusted screening partner in their home country. Democratic Gov. David Ige ...

Concerns raised over $53K plan to honor historic home

HONOLULU (AP) — Birthday plans for one of Hawaii’s most esteemed houses have raised concerns over the proposed $53,000 cost while the state deals with significant economic problems stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. David Ige proposed the commemoration of Washington Place, the ...

Hawaii GOP official resigns after posting pro-QAnon tweets

By MARK THIESSEN The Associated Press A high-ranking official with the Hawaii Republican Party confirmed Monday that he resigned after posting a series of tweets about the QAnon conspiracy theory on the official party account, saying its adherents shouldn’t be mocked. “We should ...

University of Hawaii to proceed with teaching telescope

HILO (AP) — The University of Hawaii plans to proceed with construction of a teaching telescope on the state’s highest mountain despite mixed reaction from the public. The university plans to erect the telescope at Halepohaku, a mid-level facility on Mauna Kea, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald ...

Aloha shirts on ‘boogaloos’ hijacks symbol of peace

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — People following a violent movement that promotes a second U.S. civil war or the breakdown of modern society have been showing up at recent protests across the nation armed and wearing tactical gear. But the anti-government “boogaloo” ...

Virus prompts subsistence, recreational fishing boom

HONOLULU (AP) — An increase in the number of anglers plying Hawaii’s shores has provided much needed food and recreation while helping keep supply shops afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Fishing supply store personnel said noncommercial fishing in Hawaii has boomed since the ...

Kauai struggles with virus travel policies

HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai ended a tourism shutdown earlier this month by allowing interisland travelers to return to the island, but the impact of the coronavirus on the economy is having devastating consequences. The head of Hawaii’s lodging and tourism association said if Kauai tourism ...

Judge drops case against surgeon general

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge in Honolulu dismissed charges Wednesday against U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams after he was cited for allegedly violating local coronavirus restrictions while in Hawaii to help with COVID-19 surge testing efforts. Honolulu prosecutors submitted a motion Tuesday ...

Hawaii mobile virus testing van reaches underserved areas

HILO (AP) — A mobile unit of health professionals in Hawaii County is taking coronavirus testing on the road, providing screening to communities in underserved areas. Premier Medical Group has operated a mobile testing van in areas around Hawaii island since November, in addition to ...

Arizona man who died at Pearl Harbor buried near family

PHOENIX (AP) — An 18-year-old U.S. Navy sailor from Arizona who died at Pearl Harbor was buried with full military honors Friday after his remains were identified last year, about 80 years after the Japanese attack. Carl Johnson, a U.S. Navy seaman 1st Class and a Purple Heart recipient, ...

Nareit Hawaii awards $300K in housing grants

HONOLULU (AP) — A national organization for real estate investment trusts has awarded $300,000 in grants to two Hawaii organizations: Honolulu Habitat for Humanity and Hale O Hawaii. Nareit, which administers the Nareit Hawaii Community Giving Initiative, granted $120,000 on Friday to ...

Hospital to update policies after 2 virus clusters

Queen’s Medical Center outbreak last week included 27 caregivers and 12 patients HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu hospital plans to update its policies after being struck by coronavirus clusters in two areas of the facility. The Queen’s Medical Center said Tuesday there was a COVID-19 ...

Hawaii island mayor remains in hospital after heart attack

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Hawaii island’s mayor is still hospitalized after suffering a heart attack and undergoing a procedure to implant a stent. Mayor Mitch Roth was being treated in Hilo Medical Center after experiencing chest pain Saturday evening, West Hawaii Today reported ...