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Hawaii News

Pentagon to shut down leaking fuel facility on Oahu

By LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department will permanently shut down the Navy’s massive fuel tank facility in Hawaii that leaked petroleum into Pearl Harbor’s tap water, and will remove all the fuel, the Pentagon said Monday. Pentagon press ...

Massive Hawaii taro root could be largest ever harvested

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A super-sized taro root has been harvested on Hawaii island. The 50-pound corm, which is the root of a taro plant, was grown on Aina ‘Ahiu Farm in Hawaii Island’s South Kona district and could possibly be the largest on record, West Hawaii Today reported ...

Hawaii State Capitol to reopen to public on Monday

The Maui News The Hawaii State Capitol and some other government facilities will reopen to the general public on Monday as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline, state officials announced Friday. Visitors to the Capitol building will be able to enter from one of two ...

Navy tests detect elevated petroleum in Pearl Harbor home

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy said it detected high levels of petroleum in the tap water of a home while preparing Pearl Harbor military housing for the return of families who evacuated when jet fuel poisoned their water. The Navy said testing found a petroleum compound at a level of 460 ...

US Navy contractor names 4 killed in Kauai helicopter crash

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A civilian contractor working for the U.S. Navy on Wednesday disclosed the names of four employees killed when their helicopter crashed on the island of Kauai. Croman Corp. said 64-year-old Daniel Maurice of ...

Ex-defense contractors plead not guilty to illegal donations

HONOLULU (AP) — Three former executives of a Hawaii-based defense contractor pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of funneling more than $200,000 in illegal donations to aid the reelection campaign of Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Former Navatek CEO Martin Kao and two others ...

Ex-Hawaii official sentenced to 46 months for embezzlement

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Hawaii public official was sentenced to 46 months in prison for embezzling more than $38,000 from AmeriCops and offering a bribe in return coronavirus relief funds grants. Stacy Higa, a former Hawaii County Council member, spent the money on personal expenses, ...

US Navy: 4 die in Hawaii crash of contractor’s helicopter

By AUDREY McAVOY and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy said Tuesday four people have died in the crash of a contractor’s helicopter on the Hawaii island of Kauai. The Pacific Missile Range Facility said the aircraft crashed on the north side of ...

Hawaii Senate panel passes ban on fundraisers during session

HONOLULU (AP) —The Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would ban lawmaker fundraisers during the legislative session, one of several measures aimed at addressing corruption after two former legislators pleaded guilty in connection with a bribery scandal. The ...

Hawaii declares water safe in one Pearl Harbor neighborhood after leak

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The state Department of Health on Monday declared tap water in one Pearl Harbor neighborhood safe to drink more than two months after petroleum leaked from a Navy fuel storage facility, contaminated the drinking water supply and sickened ...

US, Japan, South Korea meet in Hawaii to discuss North Korea

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met his Japanese and South Korean counterparts Saturday in Hawaii to discuss the threat posed by nuclear-armed North Korea after Pyongyang began the year with a series of missile tests. Blinken ...

Hawaii congressmen back a bill to shut down Navy fuel tanks

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii’s U.S. Reps Ed Case and Kaiali‘i Kahele said Friday they have introduced legislation to permanently shut down the U.S. Navy’s fuel storage facility near Pearl Harbor. Late last year jet fuel leaked into drinking water and ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Germany to return ancestral remains BERLIN — The body overseeing Berlin’s museums will hand over Hawaiian ancestral remains collected by a German naturalist in the 19th century to authorities in Hawaii. The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said Monday that ...

EPA to inspect Navy fuel tanks after Hawaii water tainted

By AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it planned to inspect a Navy fuel storage facility in Hawaii after it spilled petroleum that contaminated Pearl Harbor drinking water late last year. The EPA informed Navy Region ...

Undercover police explored for illegal Hawaii fireworks

HONOLULU (AP) — An undercover police unit is among the ideas Hawaii lawmakers are considering to tackle illegal fireworks. Various bills have been introduced as possible solutions, including one to establish a task force focused on catching illegally imported fireworks and another that ...

Vaccine mandate to kick in for first wave of health workers

By DAVID A. LIEB and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH The Associated Press Health care workers in about half the states, including Hawaii, face a deadline today to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under a Biden administration mandate that will be rolled out across the rest of the country ...

Hawaiian Holdings: Q4 Earnings

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (HA) on Tuesday reported a loss of $92.6 million in its fourth quarter. The Honolulu-based company said it had a loss of $1.81 per share. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $1.37 per share. The results surpassed Wall Street ...

Hawaii legislation would reform management of Mauna Kea

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers have submitted legislation that would create a nine-member governing body for Mauna Kea’s summit, where astronomers want to build a new telescope opposed by Native Hawaiian activists. The bill introduced in the state ...

Another guilty plea in permits bribery scheme

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former building plans examiner with the Honolulu planning department pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking bribes in exchange for expediting the approval of permit applications. “I took money, which I shouldn’t have, to help ...

HTA awards environmental, cultural grants

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority has awarded grants to several local environmental and cultural organizations in a bid to preserve natural areas and enhance the role of Native Hawaiians in the industry. After eliminating grants last year because of pandemic budget constraints, ...