Hawaii News

Oahu firefighters recover body of swimmer

KAILUA, Oahu (AP) — Hawaii firefighters have recovered the body of a man believed to be a missing swimmer, officials said. The body found on the shore at Kailua Bay on Oahu on Sunday matches the description of the person who disappeared on Friday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

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Panel mulls appeal of ex-chief’s legal fees HONOLULU — A Honolulu City Council committee wants to appeal a police commission decision to pay legal fees for a retired chief embroiled in a corruption investigation. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the council’s Executive Matters ...

ATLANTA (AP) — New York voters for years have experienced some of the longest wait times in the nation on Election Day. Attempts to fix the problem routinely became casualties of the divided politics of the state Legislature. That dynamic changed last November, when Democrats won ...

Whole Foods pulls sunscreens targeted by new Hawaii law

HONOLULU (AP) — Whole Foods Market will no longer sell sunscreens and body products containing chemicals targeted by a new Hawaii law, officials said. The Texas-based retailer will pull products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. The ...

Public defender suspected set-up in mailbox theft

HONOLULU — The public defender who was instrumental in uncovering allegations that a Hawaii law enforcement power couple conspired to frame a relative for a mailbox theft testified Friday he was suspicious about how easily it appeared to be removed in surveillance footage. “The mailbox ...

Volcano observatory will remain on Hawaii island

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal volcano observatory has committed to remaining on Hawaii island, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, which monitors active volcanoes in the state, said the station will remain on the Big Island, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Kealoha’s former subordinate says she didn’t reveal money feud

Katherine Kealoha also didn’t disclose that Gerard Puana was her uncle By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — An ex-Honolulu prosecutor testified Thursday that his former supervisor assigned him her uncle’s criminal case without telling them they were related and ...

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The Associated Press Bank to oversee trust of princess HONOLULU — A bank has agreed to supervise the trust of a 93-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress considered the last living Hawaiian princess. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that First Hawaiian Bank has conditionally ...

Summer tides increase likelihood of shore erosion

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s big waves and high tides will make shoreline erosion and flooding likely this summer, officials said. A University of Hawaii geologist has predicted a “regional anomaly” is likely to produce tides 2-4 inches higher than levels noted on charts, The Honolulu ...

Record minority grads at UH medical school

HONOLULU (AP) — A record number of racial minority medical students have graduated from the University of Hawaii. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that 12 Native Hawaiians and 12 Filipinos were among this year’s 73 graduates from the university’s John A. Burns School of ...

Ex-officer says he lied about Honolulu chief’s mailbox theft

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A retired Honolulu police officer testified Tuesday that he lied about evidence regarding a mailbox reported stolen from a former chief’s home. Niall Silva is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiracy to ...

Man sues hospital in loss of heirloom necklace

Removed for a CT scan; valued at $100,000 HILO (AP) — A Hawaii man filed a lawsuit against a hospital over the loss of an heirloom whale tooth necklace. Attorneys representing Alejandro Tejada filed the lawsuit May 9 against Hilo Medical Center, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported ...

Kilauea eruption caused $94M loss near national park

HILO (AP) — Communities near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park lost up to $94 million in economic benefit last year compared to the previous year due to the eruption of Kilauea Volcano, officials said. The National Park Service found the Big Island park had 1.1 million visitors who spent ...

Weather Service plans to investigate fake alert

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Weather Service plans to investigate a fake threat that was circulated about an earthquake in Japan and a subsequent tsunami. “It was fabricated, it was not a real message and there was no earthquake in Japan,” said Chip McCreery, director of Pacific ...

Oahu’s Kailua beach is named best in the US

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands. Those are among the reasons Oahu’s Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual ...

Prosecutor: Greed fueled Hawaii power couple’s schemes

Kealoha trial is expected to last through summer By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A special federal prosecutor spent an hour taking jurors through what has been called the biggest corruption case to rock Hawaii, showing how a high-ranking law enforcement power ...

Officials at tsunami center say fake alert circulated

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials at a tsunami monitoring center in Hawaii say a fake threat was circulated about an earthquake in Japan and subsequent tidal wave. News outlets reported Tuesday that the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Oahu said there is no tsunami threat in the Pacific after a ...

Attempt to breed Hawaiian crows at nature reserve fails

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The first breeding attempt by a pair of Hawaiian crows in the wild in nearly 20 years appears to have failed, officials said. Officials at the Puu Makaala Natural Area Reserve did not find offspring at a nest the birds built, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported ...

Hawaii county officials close bay to assist coral spawning

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A Hawaii county has closed a bay to prevent disruption of coral spawning that scientists predicted would occur over two days, officials said. Hawaii County officials closed Kahaluu Bay to allow the spawning event on Monday through Tuesday on the Big Island, West Hawaii ...

Prosecutor: Hawaii law enforcement power couple abused posts

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former Honolulu police chief, his ex-prosecutor wife and current and former police officers abused their positions by “planning and scheming” to frame her uncle for a crime he did not commit, a federal prosecutor said ...