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Hawaii News

Families urge using new DNA tech to ID Pearl Harbor unknowns

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — William Edward Mann enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school in rural Washington state. A guitar player, he picked up the ukulele while stationed in Hawaii. He’s been presumed dead since Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese ...

Record wildfire burns amid drought on Hawaii island

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press Firefighters have gotten more control over a wildfire in Hawaii that forced thousands of people to evacuate over the weekend and destroyed at least two homes on the Big Island, but officials warned strong winds Monday could raise the danger ...

Robotic police dogs: Useful hounds or dehumanizing machines?

By MATT O’BRIEN and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — If you’re homeless and looking for temporary shelter in Hawaii’s capital, expect a visit from a robotic police dog that will scan your eye to make sure you don’t have a fever. That’s just one of the ...

Tourists fined $500 for touching Hawaiian monk seal

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman from Louisiana who was honeymooning in Hawaii has been fined $500 after a social media video showed her touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal, U.S. authorities said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched an investigation last month and ...

Pearl Harbor casualty remains identified as a California sailor

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — The remains of a U.S. Navy sailor from California who was killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified, the Defense POW/ MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday. Petty Officer 1st Class Charles E. Hudson, 39, of Stockton was assigned to the ...

Lawsuit over police on Mauna Kea goes to state’s high court

HILO (AP) — A lawsuit challenging using police forces from other islands to respond to protests over a giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest mountain is headed to the state Supreme Court. Police officers from Oahu and Maui flew to the Big Island in 2019 to help control protesters ...

Jill Biden calls on unvaccinated in Hawaii to get COVID-19 shots

First Lady of The United States spends time in Hawaii The Associated Press First lady Jill Biden visited a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Waipahu, Oahu, on Sunday to encourage unvaccinated Hawaii residents to get their shots as the delta variant surges through much of the ...

Air cargo company that ditched plane off Hawaii grounded

The Associated Press A cargo airline whose plane ditched into the ocean off Hawaii has been grounded after investigators looked into the company’s safety practices before the accident. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it will bar Rhoades Aviation of Honolulu from ...

Oahu teenager recycles to help students reach college

By JESSIE WARDARSKI and LUIS ANDRES HENAO The Associated Press In the beginning, Genshu Price recycled for his own sake — his father said it would be a good way to save money for his college tuition. But then, he came up with grander idea: Why not recycle thousands of bottles and cans ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Tourists fined for touching Hawaiian monk seal HONOLULU — U.S. authorities launched an investigation and fined Louisiana tourists honeymooning in Hawaii after a video on social media showed a woman touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal. The couple were ...

Olympic surfing exposes whitewashed Native Hawaiian roots

By SALLY HO The Associated Press SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — For some Native Hawaiians, surfing’s Olympic debut is both a celebration of a cultural touchstone invented by their ancestors, and an extension of the racial indignities seared into the history of the game and their ...

State worries people aren’t completing food stamp paperwork

HONOLULU (AP) — The state of Hawaii said people haven’t been completing the paperwork they need to continue receiving food stamps, raising concerns that thousands may be unintentionally cut off from public assistance. The concerns come after the federal government, citing the coronavirus ...

Ex-Hawaii health department worker files lawsuit over firing

HONOLULU (AP) — A former epidemiologist for Hawaii’s health department alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired in retaliation for speaking out about the state’s COVID-19 contact tracing program. Last year, Jennifer Smith accused the department of lying about how many contact tracers ...

Honolulu officers want charges dismissed in fatal shooting

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Three Honolulu police officers are asking a judge to dismiss charges against them in connection with a shooting that killed a 16-year-old Micronesian boy. Prosecutors pursuing charges against them after a grand jury declined ...

Honolulu gets Micronesian and Pacific islander youth center

HONOLULU (AP) — A nonprofit organization that serves and advocates for the Micronesian and Pacific islander communities in Hawaii plans to open a youth center in Honolulu this month. The center will offer college and career prep, cultural exhibitions, mentorship programs and study areas, ...

Lawsuit: Dolphin tour company tried to skirt virus rules

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii dolphin tour company discouraged workers from complying with COVID-19 safety laws, a former employee alleged in a lawsuit. Yumi Ishizuka said in the lawsuit the owner of Ocean Journeys, which operates Dolphins and You, sought to skirt lowered capacity limits on ...

Investigators to search ocean off Hawaii for cargo plane

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal investigators said they will search the ocean floor near Honolulu for a cargo plane that crashed into the Pacific last week in hopes of finding recorders that could hold clues about what caused the aircraft to go down. Both pilots survived after their Boeing 737 ...

Crew rows from San Francisco to Honolulu in 30 days to set record

HONOLULU (AP) — A group of athletes has rowed a boat from San Francisco to Honolulu in record time. The four-man crew was part of the Great Pacific Race, a rowing competition that pits two- and four-person teams against one another in identical boats on a solitary journey across the open ...

Historic resort in ‘Blue Hawaii’ to be auctioned this month

WAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — The historic resort where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the 1961 film “Blue Hawaii” will go up for auction at a foreclosure sale on Kauai this month. The Garden Island newspaper reported the abandoned Coco Palms Resort will be auctioned July 26 on the ...