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Hawaii News

11-year-old hiker rescued in Hawaii after injuring arm

HONOLULU (AP) — Firefighters in Hawaii rescued an 11-year-old girl who was injured while hiking on a mountain range east of Honolulu on Monday. The Honolulu Fire Department responded to a report of a young girl who fell while hiking with family on the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail around 9:30 ...

Endangered Hawaiian monk seal deaths investigated as crimes

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal and state officials in Hawaii are investigating the suspicious deaths of two endangered monk seals on the island of Molokai. The seals were found dead on April 27 on the west side of Molokai, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. Examinations revealed ...

Study seeks origins of ghost nets that haunt Hawaii’s shores

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — “Ghost nets” from unknown origins drift among the Pacific’s currents, threatening sea creatures and littering shorelines with the entangled remains of what they kill. Lost or discarded at sea, sometimes decades ago, this fishing ...

Earthquake hits beneath south flank of Kilauea

HONOLULU (AP) — A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck Sunday beneath the south flank of Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported. The earthquake was centered about 9 miles south of the volcano, at a depth of about 5 miles, ...

Defense contractor’s Senate campaign donations investigated

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — U.S authorities are investigating allegations that a Hawaii-based defense contractor illegally donated $150,000 to the reelection fund of a Maine senator who advocated for an $8 million Navy contract with the company, according ...

Endangered monk seal mom with new pup needs space in Waikiki

HONOLULU (AP) — Wildlife officials want people on a Waikiki beach to give an endangered newborn seal and its nursing mother lots of space. Kaiwi, a Hawaiian monk seal mom and her pup, PO2, are nursing and bonding at Kaimana Beach, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. State ...

Hawaii police: Washington state tourist’s death was homicide

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The death of a Washington state tourist has been ruled a homicide, more than a year after her body was found in a Hawaii bay, police said. Smriti Saxena and her husband Sonam Saxena were vacationing on the Big Island in February 2020 to celebrate their eldest ...

Ex-Honolulu lieutenant asks to remain free during appeal

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Honolulu police lieutenant who is scheduled to begin serving a three-and-a-half year prison sentence next month in Hawaii’s biggest ever corruption case is asking a judge to let him remain free while he appeals his conviction. Derek Wayne Hahn’s attorney said ...

Hawaii man sentenced to supervision over cyberstalking

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Hawaii man who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking a Utah family by sending more than 500 people to their house for unwanted services including food deliveries, plumbers and prostitutes was sentenced Thursday to three years of supervision and ordered to adhere to strict ...

Ex-Hawaii CEO accused of virus loan fraud pleads not guilty

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former CEO of Hawaii company accused of defrauding banks of money meant to assist businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Martin Kao, who was CEO of Martin Defense Group LLC, formerly ...

Former congresswoman named to board of Honolulu rail line

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Honolulu’s mayor on Tuesday said he would appoint former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to the board of the city’s rail line as the long-delayed and massively over-budget project faces a funding shortfall that could prevent construction ...

Remains ID’d of 2 Indiana brothers killed at Pearl Harbor

La PORTE, Ind. (AP) — The remains of two Indiana brothers who were killed in the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified by U.S. military scientists. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Monday it had identified the remains of Navy Fire Controlman 2nd Class Harold ...

Ex-Honolulu chief to visit family before heading to prison

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A U.S. judge is allowing a former Honolulu police chief convicted in a corruption case to meet with family and friends in Washington state before he begins serving a seven-year prison sentence in Oregon. U.S. District Judge ...

Hawaii House Speaker announces names of Mauna Kea working group

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — House Speaker Scott Saiki on Monday announced the members of a working group that’s been asked in a House resolution to develop recommendations for how to manage Mauna Kea — the Big Island mountain that’s seen conflict over the ...

University of Hawaii graduate assistants sue to unionize

HONOLULU (AP) — University of Hawaii graduate assistants have sued for the right unionize and bargain for better pay and working conditions. Three graduate students and Academic Labor United, which represents graduate assistants, filed the lawsuit Saturday against the Board of Regents, the ...

Mom who gave birth on flight didn’t know she was pregnant

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga had no idea a baby was coming when she went into labor on a flight from her home in Utah to Honolulu last week. “I just didn’t know I was pregnant, and then this guy just came out of nowhere,” Mounga said ...

Father of girl pleads no contest in case of starvation

HILO (AP) — The father of a 9-year-old Hawaii girl who starved to death pleaded no contest to manslaughter. Kevin Lehano’s plea to a reduced charge is part of a deal with prosecutors, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday. Lehano, his wife and his mother-in-law were indicted on ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press 911 call conveyed fear in police shooting HONOLULU — Honolulu police on Friday released the 911 call a frightened woman made about a stranger in her home, which led to officers shooting and killing him. “I don’t know him,” she told the dispatcher, who asked ...

Father pleads no contest in girl’s starvation death

HILO (AP) — The father of a 9-year-old Hawaii girl who starved to death pleaded no contest to manslaughter. Kevin Lehano’s plea to a reduced charge is part of a deal with prosecutors, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday. Lehano, his wife and his mother-in-law were indicted on ...

Navy removes commander of Pearl Harbor-based submarine

HONOLULU (AP) — The Navy has relieved the commander of a Pearl Harbor-based submarine, citing leadership and command climate problems. Cmdr. Joseph Lautenslager was removed from his job leading the USS Charlotte on Tuesday, the U.S. Pacific Fleet submarine force said in a ...