Hawaii News

Kaiser sues hospital system for billing practices

HONOLULU (AP) — Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit against a Hawaii hospital system over a change in billing practices, officials said. The lawsuit filed Wednesday was the result of The Queen’s Health Systems plan to directly bill Kaiser for members’ ...

Remains of US sailor who died at Pearl Harbor accounted for

BOSTON (AP) — The remains of a sailor from Massachusetts lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been accounted for. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday that Navy Seaman 1st Class Frank Hryniewicz was accounted for on Jan. 28. Hryniewicz was 20 years ...

Power outage at Honolulu airport sparks travel delays

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials say a power outage at Honolulu’s international airport has caused travel delays. Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara says the power went out in Terminal 1 at Daniel K. Inouye International around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. The outage was ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Budget has $13M for beach restoration HONOLULU — The state budget passed by the Hawaii Legislature includes funding for repairs at Waikiki Beach, officials said. The Legislature approved about $13 million for improvements to the crumbling Royal Hawaiian seawall ...

Jury clears cops in stun gun death

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal jury in Honolulu has found police did not use excessive force against a man who died after being pepper sprayed and shot with a stun gun, a report said. The jury ruled Thursday against the family of 38-year-old Sheldon Haleck in the $3 million lawsuit, The ...

State official: Hundreds of homeless die on street

Caldwell: Statistics are a wake-up call HONOLULU (AP) — Hundreds of homeless people in Hawaii died over the last five years, according to a medical examiner. Analysis by Honolulu Chief Medical Examiner Christopher Happy found 373 people were considered homeless at the time of their ...

Man dies after leaping into ocean from cliff

HONOLULU (AP) — A man has died after leaping into the ocean at an isolated Hawaii cliff where another person was critically injured days earlier, officials said. The 22-year-old man died Wednesday after jumping at Spitting Cave on Oahu, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The Honolulu ...

Kealoha corruption trial moves its focus to alleged fake notary

Authorities: Wong was the invention of ex-city prosecutor By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Jurors in a Hawaii corruption trial heard testimony Friday about an imaginary notary U.S. authorities say former Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha invented ...

Hawaii utility company applies for geothermal well permits

HILO (AP) — Applications for two new geothermal wells at the site of a power plant that was put out of operation by the Kilauea eruption are under review, officials said. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is considering the applications submitted by Puna Geothermal ...

Uncle denies theft in power couple’s corruption trial

HONOLULU — The first question a special federal prosecutor asked a witness Wednesday in an ongoing Hawaii corruption trial: Did you take the mailbox at the home of a now-retired police chief and his wife? “Absolutely not,” answered Gerard Puana. U.S. prosecutors say framing Puana ...

Oahu firefighters recover body of swimmer

KAILUA, Oahu (AP) — Hawaii firefighters have recovered the body of a man believed to be a missing swimmer, officials said. The body found on the shore at Kailua Bay on Oahu on Sunday matches the description of the person who disappeared on Friday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

State In Brief

Panel mulls appeal of ex-chief’s legal fees HONOLULU — A Honolulu City Council committee wants to appeal a police commission decision to pay legal fees for a retired chief embroiled in a corruption investigation. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the council’s Executive Matters ...

ATLANTA (AP) — New York voters for years have experienced some of the longest wait times in the nation on Election Day. Attempts to fix the problem routinely became casualties of the divided politics of the state Legislature. That dynamic changed last November, when Democrats won ...

Whole Foods pulls sunscreens targeted by new Hawaii law

HONOLULU (AP) — Whole Foods Market will no longer sell sunscreens and body products containing chemicals targeted by a new Hawaii law, officials said. The Texas-based retailer will pull products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. The ...

Public defender suspected set-up in mailbox theft

HONOLULU — The public defender who was instrumental in uncovering allegations that a Hawaii law enforcement power couple conspired to frame a relative for a mailbox theft testified Friday he was suspicious about how easily it appeared to be removed in surveillance footage. “The mailbox ...

Volcano observatory will remain on Hawaii island

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal volcano observatory has committed to remaining on Hawaii island, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, which monitors active volcanoes in the state, said the station will remain on the Big Island, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Kealoha’s former subordinate says she didn’t reveal money feud

Katherine Kealoha also didn’t disclose that Gerard Puana was her uncle By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — An ex-Honolulu prosecutor testified Thursday that his former supervisor assigned him her uncle’s criminal case without telling them they were related and ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Bank to oversee trust of princess HONOLULU — A bank has agreed to supervise the trust of a 93-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress considered the last living Hawaiian princess. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that First Hawaiian Bank has conditionally ...

Summer tides increase likelihood of shore erosion

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s big waves and high tides will make shoreline erosion and flooding likely this summer, officials said. A University of Hawaii geologist has predicted a “regional anomaly” is likely to produce tides 2-4 inches higher than levels noted on charts, The Honolulu ...

Record minority grads at UH medical school

HONOLULU (AP) — A record number of racial minority medical students have graduated from the University of Hawaii. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that 12 Native Hawaiians and 12 Filipinos were among this year’s 73 graduates from the university’s John A. Burns School of ...