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Hawaii News

Honolulu police sergeant fined, drunk driving charge reduced

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Honolulu police sergeant has been fined in a deal that allowed him to plead guilty to reckless driving instead of driving under the influence, a report said. Albert F. Lee, 52, was fined $500, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. A circuit court judge ...

Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescope

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa on Wednesday visited Native Hawaiian protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope on Hawaii’s tallest mountain. The Native Hawaiian Hollywood actor wore green leaf lei around his neck and the ...

Governor withdraws emergency order for telescope protesters

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor on Tuesday rescinded an emergency proclamation put in place to deal with Native Hawaiian protesters who are blocking a road to prevent the construction of a giant telescope at a mountain summit they consider ...

After first moon steps, Hawaii welcomed crew

HONOLULU (AP) — Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins’ trip to the moon concluded with a stay in Hawaii. Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, but after those historic first steps NASA still had to get the three astronauts safely back to Earth ...

Kim: Hawaiian leaders want to meet again on telescope

HONOLULU (AP) — The man tasked with trying to find a way out of an impasse over the construction of a giant telescope on Hawaii island says he met with Native Hawaiian leaders. But the only issue they reached a consensus on was to meet again. Hawaii County Mayor Kim said Monday he met ...

Giant telescope to focus on big unknowns of universe

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Is there life on planets outside our solar system? How did stars and galaxies form in the earliest years of the universe? How do black holes shape galaxies? Scientists are expected to explore those and other fundamental questions about ...

Scientists denied access to existing observatories

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii protests against construction of a giant telescope have halted work at existing observatories on the Big Island. Hawaii News Now reported Sunday that workers at other facilities on the dormant Mauna Kea volcano have been denied access by demonstrators opposed to the ...

Report shows Hawaii infant died from antihistamine overdose

HONOLULU (AP) — A toxicology test indicates a Hawaii infant who died in the care of a babysitter had nearly double the concentration of an antihistamine in her blood as what is usually lethal for babies, officials said. A Honolulu medical examiner determined 7-month-old Abigail Lobisch ...

Supporters of Hawaii telescope say it will bring jobs, knowledge

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest mountain will enhance humanity’s knowledge of the universe and bring quality, high-paying jobs, supporters said as protesters blocked construction for a second week. An international ...

Gov. Ige visits telescope protesters at Mauna Kea

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige visited protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope on the state’s tallest mountain Tuesday while acknowledging that their grievances were not just about a new observatory but also about the treatment of Native Hawaiians going back more than a ...

Officials want a peaceful end to telescope protests

HONOLULU (AP) — State officials said Friday that they will not call up additional National Guard troops or use force on peaceful telescope protesters blocking access to the state’s highest peak. Gov. David Ige said that his priority is to keep everyone in the community safe, including ...

State In Brief

Ethics chief: Panel blocked inquiry HONOLULU — The former head of the Honolulu Ethics Commission has criticized the panel for ending an investigation into the city’s former police chief and deputy prosecutor. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that Chuck Totto says the ...

Telescope protesters don’t back down after arrests

HONOLULU (AP) — Protesters didn’t back down from their long-running effort to stop construction of a $1.4 billion telescope, blocking a road Thursday to the top of a mountain sacred to some Native Hawaiians a day after authorities arrested nearly three dozen people. Activists have fought ...

Hawaii dairy removing wastewater lagoons in deal with state

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The state-mandated removal of wastewater lagoons at a Hawaii dairy has commenced, officials said. The state Department of Health announced Big Island Dairy’s lower lagoon is no longer operational, West Hawaii Today reported Monday. Approximately 300 cows remain on ...

Hawaii protesters press on to stop giant telescope, face arrest

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CALEB JONES The Associated Press Thousands of protesters joined a swelling effort Wednesday to stop construction of a telescope they have long tried to keep off a mountain considered sacred to some Native Hawaiians, blocking a road to Hawaii’s highest peak ...

Volunteers to fix vandalized gravestones at Oahu church

HONOLULU (AP) — Volunteers are expected to start repairing more than two dozen gravestones that were vandalized at a historic church cemetery in downtown Honolulu. Ten volunteers from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers will lead the work at Kawaiahao Church ...

Summit blockade suspends viewing at all telescopes atop Mauna Kea

No arrests have been made but authorities say they’re still possible By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Astronomers have indefinitely stopped looking through 13 existing telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii island while ...

Mauna Kea telescope protest has long history

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — Singing, chanting and lying on the ground in the road, hundreds of people demonstrated Monday against the construction of a giant telescope on a mountaintop that some Native Hawaiians consider ...

Company behind Oahu plane crash did not have proper permits

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii skydiving company that was operating a plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month did not have the proper permits, according to documents released by the state Wednesday. The documents show Oahu Parachute Center was “not in good standing” with the ...

Turbulence injures dozens on Air Canada flight to Australia

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Intense turbulence struck an Air Canada flight to Australia on Thursday and sent unbuckled passengers flying into the ceiling, forcing the plane to land in Hawaii. The flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered ...