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Hawaii News

2 brothers of teen shot, killed by Honolulu police indicted

By Associated Press HONOLULU — A grand jury on Wednesday indicted two older brothers of a 16-year-old who was shot and killed by Honolulu police. The brothers are accused of assaulting and robbing a woman over the weekend near a makeshift memorial for Iremamber Sykap. The teen was ...

Hawaii to launch program to buy 2018 eruption-damaged homes

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Property owners on the Big Island who were affected by the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption can apply to have Hawaii County buy back their land starting next week. Hawaii County said the first phase of its Kilauea Disaster Recovery Voluntary Housing Buyout Program will ...

Lawsuit less than a week after Honolulu police shooting

HONOLULU (AP) — The family of an unarmed Black man shot and killed by Honolulu police filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday alleging officers were motivated by racial discrimination. Lindani Myeni, 29, walked into a Honolulu home, sat down and took off his shoes last week, prompting the ...

Pittsburgh man may leave Hawaii before manslaughter trial

HONOLULU (AP) — A Pittsburgh man charged with manslaughter in the death of a friend he was vacationing with in Hawaii will be allowed to return to the U.S. mainland before his trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. Benjamin Fleming, released on $250,000 bond, must return to Hawaii island for ...

Panel asks why police shooting video of teen not released

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Members of the Honolulu Police Commission on Wednesday questioned a deputy chief about why the department won’t release body camera footage from officers who shot and killed a 16-year-old boy. The department has said it ...

Hawaii researchers finish catalog for plants found on Kauai

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Researchers at a Hawaii nonprofit dedicated to tropical plant research and conservation have completed an analysis of plants that are native to and only found on Kauai. The researchers from the National Tropical Botanical Garden completed the Kauai catalog of endemic ...

Newly discovered fish species named after Hawaii researcher

HONOLULU (AP) — A new species of fish has been discovered during a research study funded by the National Science Foundation and University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program that focused on deepwater snappers. The new species was named “Etelis boweni” by the research team in ...

Hawaii school reaches settlement with family of drowning victim

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The family of a 5-year-old boy who drowned during a kayaking excursion has reached a $7.2 milliom settlement in a lawsuit against the Hawaii private school that operated the spring break program. In announcing the amount ...

Honolulu seeks public input to improve Ala Wai Boulevard

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu is seeking public input for a project to improve the safety, especially for bicyclists and pedestrians, along Ala Wai Boulevard, a three-lane thoroughfare that runs through Waikiki. An administrator for the Honolulu Department of Transportation Services, Renee ...

Honolulu hotel standoff ends when man kills self

HONOLULU (AP) — A standoff between Honolulu police and an armed man who fired shots through the door of his room at a luxury resort ended when the man was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, local media reported Sunday. A SWAT team entered the fourth-floor room at The Kahala ...

Tourist charged with manslaughter in pal’s Hawaii death

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — There is probable cause to charge a Pittsburgh tourist with manslaughter in the strangulation death of the college buddy he was vacationing with in Hawaii, a judge ruled Thursday. Benjamin Fleming was arrested last month ...

Honolulu mayor wants eased coronavirus restrictions despite cases uptick

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor wants to change Oahu’s coronavirus guidelines to allow for less restrictions despite a growing number of COVID-19 cases on the island. Each county in Hawaii sets forth guidelines for when to impose certain restrictions based on positive case counts. ...

Kauai visitors get discount with 2nd virus test

HONOLULU (AP) — Visitors to the Hawaiian island of Kauai will receive a discount card for local businesses if they voluntarily take a coronavirus test three days after arriving in addition to their required test before travel. The Kokua Kauai Card program will begin on Monday, when the ...

Hawaii study offers design changes to fight climate change

HONOLULU (AP) — A new study from the University of Hawaii’s School of Architecture has offered detailed short- and long-term design alterations that could help the state combat the effects of climate change. Scientists have warned that Hawaii could face a rise of up to 3 feet in sea ...

State / In Brief

Waialua bridge to close for repairs HONOLULU — A bridge has closed in Waialua on Oahu after a structural inspection last week found damage to the overpass. The closure has caused traffic increases on surrounding roadways that are expected to increase the strain on Waialua Elementary ...

101-year-old WWII veteran receives Congressional Gold Medal

HONOLULU (AP) — A 101-year-old World War II veteran from Hawaii has received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service. James Lum on Wednesday received the highest award of national appreciation for distinguished achievement at Kuakini Health System’s Hale Pulama Mau ...

Grievance over rail project layoffs

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s largest labor union has filed a grievance over recent layoffs by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, which is building a delayed and beleaguered commuter rail line project. The Hawaii Government Employees Association said the agency has laid off ...

Ex-JROTC instructor charged with filming student sex abuse

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Junior ROTC instructor at a Hawaii high school should remain locked up pending trial because he allegedly sexually abused a student and made video recordings of his abuse, U.S. prosecutors said. Victor Aguilar, 65, made a court appearance Monday by phone from the ...

Former Honolulu administrator pleads guilty to embezzlement

HONOLULU (AP) — The city of Honolulu’s former Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act program administrator has pleaded guilty to federal charges including embezzlement and agreeing to a bribe, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Hanalei Aipoalani, 42, pleaded guilty ...

Pearl Harbor veteran’s remains identified

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About 80 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a veteran who died during the attacks has had his remains identified. The remains of William Eugene Blanchard, who was killed at Pearl Harbor while serving on the U.S.S. Oklahoma, were identified through DNA testing ...