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Hawaii News

Bill aims to prevent repeat of false missile alert

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A defense bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday seeks to prevent local government agencies from mistakenly warning residents of a ballistic missile attack the way Hawaii did nearly two years ago. The legislation includes a ...

Pearl Harbor shooter’s family offers condolences to families of victims

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — The family of a U.S. Navy sailor who shot three civilian shipyard workers at the Pearl Harbor military base before killing himself offered condolences to the families of the victims Monday. Gabriel Antonio Romero of San ...

HPD officer pleads guilty in urinal licking case

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu police officer plead guilty Monday to depriving a homeless man of his civil rights by forcing him to lick a public urinal. John Rabago said in court that he told the man, identified in court by his initials S.I., that he wouldn’t arrest him if he licked the ...

Low-income earners could lose federal aid

Proposed rule changes to food stamp program could prove costly to residents HONOLULU (AP) — Low-income earners in Hawaii could lose government assistance under proposed rule changes to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, officials said. Changes would prevent Hawaii ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Gabbard says she’ll skip December debate HONOLULU — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she won’t attend this month’s Democratic presidential primary debate in Los Angeles, even if she qualifies for the event. In a tweet Monday the Hawaii Democrat said she would ...

Hawaiian Affairs investigation finds $7.8 million in possible fraud

HONOLULU (AP) — A financial review of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has found $7.8 million worth of potentially fraudulent, wasteful and abusive transactions, officials said. The independent audit by national accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen covers the period from 2012 to 2016, The ...

Navy vet’s ashes are the last ones destined for sunken USS Arizona

PEARL HARBOR (AP) — On Dec. 7, 1941, then-21-year-old Lauren Bruner was the second-to-last man to escape the burning wreckage of the USS Arizona after a Japanese plane dropped a bomb that ignited an enormous explosion in the battleship’s ammunition storage compartment. He lived to be 98 ...

Shipyard shooting took 23 seconds in crowded area

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy sailor who fatally shot two people at Pearl Harbor before killing himself was unhappy with his commanders and had been undergoing counseling, a military official said Friday. Gabriel Romero, ...

Commemoration to go on after shooting at Pearl Harbor shipyard

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials will beef up security as usual for the ceremony to remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago, with service members and dignitaries confronting a fresh tragedy after a U.S. sailor killed two civilians, wounded another and then turned the gun on ...

Former regent sues state over UH board’s downsizing

HONOLULU (AP) — A former University of Hawaii Board of Regents member has sued the state over a bill that reduced the size of the board. Jeff Portnoy filed a lawsuit over the bill signed earlier this year by Democratic Gov. David Ige to reduce the board from 15 to 11 members, The Honolulu ...

US sailor kills 2, then himself in attack at Pearl Harbor shipyard

By CALEB JONES, JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press PEARL HARBOR — An active duty U.S. sailor whose submarine was docked at Pearl Harbor opened fire on three civilian employees Wednesday, killing two and then taking his own life just days before dignitaries ...

UH-Manoa graduation rates continue climb

HONOLULU (AP) — The on-time graduation rate for University of Hawaii at Manoa students has doubled in the last decade, officials said. The school’s graduation rate now matches the national average for public universities, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. The four-year ...

Governor backs pay hikes for teachers

Increases needed to help recruit and retain educators HONOLULU (AP) — The governor plans to announce support for pay increases to help recruit and retain teachers in special education, rural schools and Hawaiian language immersion, officials said. Democratic Gov. David Ige scheduled a ...

Kaiser executive says insurer losing money every year

Company recorded a year-to-date loss of $88 million in the third quarter HONOLULU (AP) — The president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of Hawaii told employees in a memo that the health plan is losing money and has no sustainable growth plan. Ron Vance detailed the ...

Department of Education to offer Hawaiian courses

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Education plans to offer free Hawaiian language courses to its employees, officials said. The department’s 22,000 salaried employees, including 13,000 teachers, will be able to take courses beginning in January, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Hawaii man accused of extreme stalking gets hearing

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and BRADY McCOMBS The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man arrested in Hawaii will be sent to Utah, where he’s accused of tormenting a family for more than year by sending more than 500 people to their house for unwanted services including food deliveries, ...

University of Hawaii seeks mental health, scholarship funds

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii seeks additional funds for student mental health services, scholarships and other items in a new supplementary budget request, officials said. The Board of Regents approved the fiscal year 2020-2021 supplemental operating budget of about $28 million ...

Ethics fines issued to 3 DOE officials

HONOLULU (AP) — Three supervisors in the state Department of Education have been fined for misusing state employees for private construction projects, officials said. The state Ethics Commission fined the supervisors in the department’s facilities maintenance branch, Hawaii News Now ...

Hawaii County Council bans herbicide use on public property

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The Hawaii County Council has become the first local government in the state to ban the use of herbicides on public property, officials said. The council passed a bill Wednesday to ban the use of 30 herbicides over four years, West Hawaii Today reported. The ban ...

Honolulu mayor signs bill to extend lifeguard hours

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill extending lifeguard service hours from dawn to sundown. Caldwell signed the measure Thursday with the new hours expected to begin July 1, 2021. Current lifeguard hours at most beaches are from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., officials ...