Hawaii News

Potential juror yells ‘He is guilty,’ spends night in jail

HONOLULU (AP) — A man called for jury duty in Hawaii shouted “He is guilty! He is guilty!” outside a courtroom and ended up spending a night in jail, lawyers said. The lawyer representing Jacob Maldonado said his client had a bad day when he made the outburst Tuesday. “He was trying to ...

Repairs to USS Arizona Memorial dock delayed

HONOLULU (AP) — The planned reopening of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor that had been set for the end of March has been delayed. The National Park Service suspended access to one of Hawaii’s most popular sites in early May after damage was found on the floating dock where visitors ...

Passengers injured in lava tour file suit

HILO (AP) — A group of sightseers injured by a “lava bomb” during a boat tour in Hawaii have filed a lawsuit. The suit was filed on the Big Island against Lava Ocean Tours Inc. and captain Shane Turpin, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported on Feb. 26. Authorities said 23 people were injured in ...

Honolulu ex-deputy prosecutor found mentally fit for trial, records show

HONOLULU — A former Honolulu deputy prosecutor underwent a mental competency evaluation and was found fit to stand trial for corruption-related charges, according to recently unsealed court documents. Katherine Kealoha’s defense attorney said in a previously sealed filing that her client ...

State/In Brief

Fines for rescued trespassers mulled HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are considering legislation that would impose fines on trespassing hikers who require rescue. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the bill introduced by Democratic state Sen. Mike Gabbard would require public safety agencies ...

Scientists measure thickness of Kilauea lava flows; new land reaches 919 feet

HILO (AP) — Scientists measuring the thickness of Kilauea volcano’s newest lava flows have said molten rock added as much as 180 feet of lava to parts of the Big Island last year. New land created in the ocean reaches as high as 919 feet. The U.S. Geological Survey released the data last ...

Hawaii County preps for ban on polystyrene food containers

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Island’s ban on polystyrene — or Styrofoam — food containers goes into effect in less than five months. The Hawaii County Council on Tuesday got an update on an educational program from Recycling Coordinator George Hayducsko, who outlined a schedule to ...

Pali Highway traffic to be affected following landslide

HONOLULU (AP) — Traffic on the Pali Highway bound for Honolulu will be diverted into the Kailua-bound lanes after large debris and concrete fell onto the highway during multiple landslides, Hawaii transportation officials said. State Department of Transportation officials said the road will ...

Car sales are down in Hawaii and expected to drop more

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii consumers are buying fewer new vehicles, a recent report said. New-vehicle registrations declined 4.4 percent in 2018, and sales are projected to soften even further this year, according to a quarterly study by Hawaii Auto Outlook. The 2018 car sales drop marked ...

Intensifying tropical storm is bearing down on Pacific islands

By CALEB JONES and GRACE GARCES BORDALLO The Associated Press HAGATNA, Guam — An intensifying tropical storm in the Pacific is bearing down on Micronesia and could threaten the U.S. territory of Guam in the coming days. The U.S. National Weather Service in Guam reports typhoon warnings ...

Bills aim to create housing vouchers for Hawaii teachers

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two proposed bills are intended at creating a housing voucher program for full-time teachers employed by the Hawaii Department of Education or at public charter schools. The bills would authorize the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. to implement the housing ...

Not guilty plea in crash that killed 3 Honolulu pedestrians

HONOLULU (AP) — A suspected drunken driver police say plowed into a crowded Honolulu intersection and killed three pedestrians is pleading not guilty to manslaughter. Alins Sumang was arraigned in court Tuesday via video from jail, where he’s being held on $1 million bail. Trial is ...

Mainlanders moving to Hawaii add to homelessness

HONOLULU (AP) — A new report from a homeless service provider says the number of people travelling to Oahu and then becoming homeless is growing. Hawaii News Now reported Friday that the Institute for Human Services says 209 people from across the Mainland showed up at one of its shelters ...

16 states sue Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump ...

KS ex-band director sentenced for assault

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu judge has sentenced a former assistant band director at Kamehameha Schools to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student. Circuit Court Judge Faauuga Tootoo on Friday sentenced James Maeda for 10 counts of second-degree sex assault and one ...

2 Oahu men contract rare, potentially lethal infection

HONOLULU (AP) — Two people who were diagnosed with a rare and potentially lethal type of leptospirosis on Oahu were hospitalized after their organs began shutting down. Dr. Scott Miscovich, a family medicine physician in Kaneohe, said he was alarmed after treating both men for Weil’s ...

Kauai officials sue vacation home owners for fines

LIHUE (AP) — Kauai officials are suing the owners of a vacation home, claiming they are violating county zoning ordinances for using the property as a short-term rental. The Kauai County Planning Department filed the lawsuit last week, seeking to compel Greg and Joanne Allen to pay ...

Southwest mulls Las Vegas flights

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The chief executive of Southwest Airlines says the Dallas-based carrier is considering adding nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Hawaii. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly says launching flights to Hawaii from four California cities is the airline’s priority this year, but ...

Businessman gathers signatures to oust Honolulu prosecutor

Yoshimura is out getting names the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Honolulu businessman is gathering signatures from voters in his quest to impeach the city’s prosecuting attorney. Tracy Yoshimura said he is ...

Winter wind causes damage to observatories

HILO (AP) — Strong winds from a winter storm caused minor damage to at least two observatories on Hawaii’s tallest peak, officials said. The Big Island summit of Mauna Kea recorded wind gusts of 191 mph late Sunday, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. The winds blew open the front ...