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Hawaii News

Adapting aloha: Virus forces changes to Hawaii customs

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press WAIANAE, Hawaii — Glen Kila has long greeted people in the traditional Native Hawaiian way. Foreheads touching, he breathes in the person’s ha, or breath. “Face to face, eye to eye,” he explained of the custom, called honi. ...

Irene Hirano Inouye, widow of US senator, dies

HONOLULU (AP) — Irene Hirano Inouye, the widow of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii and the founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, has died. She was 71. Hirano Inouye had most recently served as president of the U.S.-Japan Council, which aims to ...

Possible deal to pay for telescope policing cost

HILO (AP) — The Hawaii County Council plans to discuss a new potential agreement with the state about reimbursement for law enforcement costs during demonstrations against the Big Island giant telescope project. An amended agreement is expected to go before the council next week to ...

Missing plumber’s wife asks court to declare him dead

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The wife of a Hawaii man who vanished more than five years ago has filed a civil court petition requesting that her husband be declared dead. An attorney filed the petition in Hilo Circuit Court on March 13 on behalf of Marylou Meek, the wife of Jeffrey Meek, The Hawaii ...

State tourism grinds to halt as virus restrictions tighten

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as officials implemented measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the islands. Hawaii officials went beyond the standard ...

Hawaii telescope protesters leave camp due to virus concerns

HONOLULU (AP) — Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope project on the Big Island have pulled out of their camp due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The move came after more than eight months of nonviolent protests at the base of the Mauna Kea Access Road, The Honolulu ...

Elections officials seek current voter signature

The Maui News Hawaii election officials have mailed a form to voters to get their signature for the state’s first all-mail elections this year. The signature will be attached to the voter’s registration record. “A voter’s signature sometimes changes over time, and we want to ...

Boyfriend arrested in killing of woman, infant

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police arrested a man identified as a victim’s boyfriend in connection with the homicide of a 23-year-old woman and a 6-month-old boy. Authorities arrested the 21-year-old man early Thursday in connection with the deaths in an apartment near Ewa Town Center, The ...

Stadium to house up to 1,500 unused rental cars

HONOLULU (AP) —The parking lot of a Honolulu stadium has become the temporary home for rental vehicles that have been idled following the outbreak of the coronavirus. A stadium official said 1,000 to 1,500 vehicles are expected to be stored at Aloha Stadium, the state’s largest outdoor ...

Cruise ship passengers bused to flights out of HNL

HONOLULU (AP) — Passengers from a cruise ship that was turned away by other ports began disembarking at a Honolulu harbor Monday to catch chartered flights home. The development came after Hawaii officials changed their minds several times about whether the 2,000 passengers on the Norwegian ...

Troubled cruise ship with 3,000 aboard docks in Honolulu

No confirmed cases of the coronavirus among passengers The Associated Press HONOLULU — A cruise ship that had to cut short its trip because of the coronavirus and mechanical problems docked Sunday in Honolulu’s harbor. The Norwegian Jewel, which carried about 2,000 passengers, ...

Small businesses can apply for low-interest loans

The Maui News Hawaii small businesses suffering financial losses from the impact of COVID-19 can file for low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million from the Small Business Administration, Gov. David Ige announced Friday. The SBA approved a certification request submitted by ...

Hawaii Dems scrap in-person voting plan

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Democratic party has scrapped plans for in-person voting during its party-run presidential primary on April 4 in favor of mailed ballots over concerns of the coronavirus, officials said Friday. The party had always expected most members would vote by mail, and ...

Two cruise ships not allowed to disembark in Honolulu

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Two cruise ships won’t be allowed to disembark in Honolulu after being turned away by other ports, even with no positive cases of coronavirus on either vessel, officials said Wednesday. State and cruise line officials ...

Gabbard ends 2020 bid, throws support to Biden

By MEG KINNARD The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard suspended her presidential campaign on Thursday, ending a long-shot effort that saw her feuding with Hillary Clinton and raising fears among Democrats that she would mount a third-party 2020 bid. In an ...

State Legislature to recess over virus

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers on Monday voted to indefinitely suspend the current legislative session to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The House and Senate both voted for resolutions calling for a recess effective today after the U.S. ...

Judge: Hawaiian ‘princess’ needs help managing $215M estate

HONOLULU (AP) — A 93-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress needs someone to handle her estate despite taking testimony from the so-called princess on Monday that she didn’t need a conservator because she’s still alive, a judge ruled Friday. “Ms. Kawananakoa is a charming and gracious ...

Bill could become nation’s first carbon emissions tax

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii could become the first state to enact a tax on carbon emissions, but the bill still requires passage by the House and the governor. A carbon tax proposed by Democratic state Sen. Karl Rhoads was recently passed by the Senate, Hawaii Public Radio reported ...

Hawaiian Airlines to suspend some Japan trips amid outbreak

Airline is offering assistance to travelers impacted by coronavirus HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines has announced it will suspend some flights to Japan later this month amid travel fears in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport that operate three times ...

Native Hawaiian princess: I’m not dead yet

Proceeding set to determine whether heiress needs an estate conservator By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A 93-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress doesn’t need anyone to handle her estate because she isn’t dead yet, she testified Monday during a hearing to ...