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Hawaii News

Firm announces projected timeline for new Aloha Stadium

HONOLULU (AP) — A new Aloha Stadium could be ready for the opening of the University of Hawaii’s 2023 football season, officials said. The owner and senior principal of the firm hired to shepherd the process says a 2023 opening date can be achieved, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

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The Associated Press New trial for grandma who sued Kealoha HONOLULU — A 100-year-old woman who sued her prosecutor granddaughter in a financial dispute and lost is getting a new trial. Florence Puana and her son Gerard Puana sued ex-prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, saying she stole ...

Gov. Ige decries death threats over telescope

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige said Friday he and other state employees received death threats amid the heated debate over building a giant telescope on the state’s highest peak. Ige disclosed the threats as he and his ...

Tour companies struggling due to Mauna Kea protest

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii tour companies are beginning to experience negative effects from the protest that has blocked access to the state’s highest volcano. West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday that tour companies near Mauna Kea are restructuring and selling off equipment as the ...

University: Losing TMT telescope on Mauna Kea risks billions in funding

HONOLULU (AP) — Losing the Thirty Meter Telescope could mean losing billions of dollars in research funding over the next few decades, a senior University of Hawaii official said. Vassilis Syrmos, the school’s vice president for research and innovation, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Ex-soldier serving life for teen’s ’82 murder seeks DNA test order

HONOLULU — Advocates for a former U.S. soldier convicted of the attempted rape and murder of an Army officer’s son 37 years ago are asking a federal judge to order DNA testing to discredit what they say is weak evidence presented at a court-martial that sent him to prison for life. The ...

Federal transit agency approves Honolulu rapid rail plan

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal agency has approved a rail recovery plan submitted by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, officials said. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said the Federal Transit Administration approved the proposal submitted earlier this year, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

2 arrests near giant telescope protest site

HONOLULU (AP) — Two men were arrested and a state flag was torn Friday when crews and police arrived to a lava field on a Big Island mountain to remove a small wooden house built by demonstrators near the camp where they are blocking construction of a giant telescope, officials said. Law ...

Oahu doctors lose jobs after hospital switches contractors

HONOLULU (AP) — A dozen doctors have lost their positions after a Honolulu hospital switched to a new employment contractor, officials said. The Queen’s Medical Center physicians belonged to Medical Specialists of Hawaii, which has held a contract with the hospital to care for surgical ...

More than 350 swimmers rescued at Waikiki event

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 350 swimmers had to be helped to shore by Honolulu firefighters and lifeguards because of strong currents during the annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim, officials said. The Honolulu Emergency Services Department said 29 firefighters assisted swimmers in distress ...

Protesters build an unpermitted building near Mauna Kea road

HILO (AP) — Hawaii County officials say demonstrators have constructed an unpermitted wooden building in a lava field near the giant telescope protest camp. The Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that county officials say protesters opposed to construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope ...

State to not pursue bank for DHHL loans

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii attorney general’s office won’t go after Bank of America for failing to provide $150 million in loans to build houses on Hawaiian home lands. Bank of America had committed to the loans as a condition of its 1994 acquisition of Liberty Bank in Hawaii. Last ...

USS Arizona Memorial reopens after 15-month repair

Popular tourist site was closed after cracks were found in May 2018 HONOLULU (AP) — The USS Arizona Memorial welcomed large numbers of visitors to its reopening after 15 months of repairs, officials said. The memorial received thousands of sightseers Sunday for the first time since its ...

USS Arizona Memorial is set to reopen Sunday

HONOLULU (AP) — The reopening of the USS Arizona Memorial has been scheduled for Labor Day weekend following a 15-month closure, National Park Service officials said. Walk-on access to the memorial in Honolulu will begin Sunday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. “The ...

Spanish man stand-up paddles his way from California to Hawaii

It took de la Rosa 76 days to paddle 2,500 miles on a sub-shaped craft By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Antonio de la Rosa doesn’t take it easy on his vacations. The Spaniard spent his summer paddling his way from California across the Pacific Ocean to ...

Hawaii or Spain? Telescope experts say it may not matter

Still, coalition says Mauna Kea is best place for their $1.4 billion instrument By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — When starlight from billions of years ago zips across the universe and finally comes into focus on Earth, astronomers want their telescopes to be in the best ...

7 sent to hospital after smoke fills cabin of flight to Hawaii

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press Seven people were taken to the hospital Thursday after smoke filled the cabin of a Hawaiian Airlines flight from California to Hawaii. Hawaiian Airlines says 184 passengers and seven crew members used evacuation slides to get off the plane after it ...

Officials say protest costs are over $3M

HILO (AP) — Hawaii County has spent more than $3 million on overtime and other costs as a result of protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope. News organizations reported Wednesday that Hawaii County Finance Director Deanna Sako says the cost to the county government has been nearly ...

Cops boost traffic enforcement near telescope protest

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Police have issued about 100 tickets daily since last week for parking and traffic violations near the site of a protest against the construction of another telescope on Hawaii’s tallest mountain. Big Island officers are not targeting protesters of the Thirty ...

Shark bites woman twice while she is swimming in bay

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday after being bitten twice by a shark while swimming in Hawaii, authorities said. The woman, 27, was reported to be in “good health” and was expected to be released after a shark bit her while she was swimming Kealakekua Bay on the ...