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Hawaii News

Ex-police chief gets time for vaccine before going to prison

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A retired Honolulu police chief convicted of conspiracy in a tangled corruption case doesn’t have to report to prison until June so that he can get vaccinated against COVID-19. Louis Kealoha was scheduled to surrender next ...

$150K settlement for teen arrested by classmate’s dad

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The Honolulu City Council has approved a $150,000 settlement in a lawsuit that accused a police officer of improperly arresting a boy who had a personal dispute with his son. The family’s federal lawsuit alleged that ...

Hawaii mother gets probation for role in starving daughter

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii mother whose daughter starved to death in 2016 was sentenced to 10 years in probation. A judge on Monday sentenced Tiffany Stone, 37, for her role in starving Shaelynn Lehano-Stone to death, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. Stone, who pleaded no contest to ...

Slap in the face: Da Crazy Hawaiian, rising slap fight star

By DAN GELSTON The Associated Press The future of slap fighting in the United States — UFC president Dana White is an advocate of the sport — just might be in the palm of the Da Crazy Hawaiian’s hand. Slap fighting — yes the art of striking another fighter with an open hand for ...

Oahu school to halt free tuition for child of employees

HONOLULU (AP) — The Punahou School will end its practice of granting free tuition for one child for new employees starting in 2022. New hires at the school are now scheduled to receive a $5,000 discount in tuition for one child, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported on Friday. Current ...

Honolulu rail line CEO estimates project is short $3 billion

HONOLULU (AP) — The new interim CEO of Honolulu’s planned rail line estimates the project is short $3 billion. The assessment comes as the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation prepares a plan to pay for the final leg of the 20-mile project from Kapolei to Ala Moana Center. The ...

Report: Police chief violated bias policy by mocking Asians

LIHUE (AP) — The police chief on the Hawaiian island of Kauai mocked people of Asian descent and in one case ìsquinted his eyes” and bowed his head while mimicking someone with a Japanese accent, a discrimination investigation found. In another incident, Kauai police Chief Todd Raybuck ...

DLNR fined nearly $222K for operating cesspools

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources has been fined nearly $222,000 for operating seven large-capacity cesspools on Kauai island. The Environmental Protection Agency banned the type of cesspool targeted in 2005 because they can pollute water resources and ...

Honolulu rail line CEO stops construction on one segment

HONOLULU (AP) — The head of Honolulu’s planned rail line said she has ordered a halt to construction on a portion of the line because the design work for that section had not been completed. Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Interim CEO Lori Kahikina told Hawaii News Now she ...

Hawaii hotel leaders, union push for vaccine eligibility

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii hotel leaders and a hotel workers union are urging the state to designate hospitality workers as frontline essential workers. The state Department of Health has said that most hotel workers will have to wait a little longer to be vaccinated, the Honolulu ...

Hawaii County to provide funding to buy homes destroyed in 2018 eruption

HILO (AP) — People whose homes were destroyed in 2018 by the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii Island will be able to sell their homes to the county government for up to $230,000 thanks to a federal grant. The Hawaii County Council unanimously voted Wednesday to provide about $84 ...

AARP to hold forums for kupuna on vaccine

The Maui News AARP Hawaii will hold two forums this month to connect kupuna with high-ranking state officials who can answer their questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in Hawaii. Lt. Gov. Josh Green and Ron Balajadia, head of the state Department of Health Immunization Branch, will speak ...

Lawmakers consider measures to aid Hawaiian burial practices

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are considering legislation to accommodate traditional Hawaiian burial practices through a technology aimed at replacing burial or traditional cremation. Supporters of water cremation promoted the alternative while members of the funeral services industry ...

Hawaii 1st to receive new warships that pull onto beaches

HONOLULU (AP) — A new class of U.S. Navy vessel is expected to be deployed for the first time in Hawaii as part of a sweeping force redesign. The Light Amphibious Warship can pull onto beaches and costs between $100 million and $130 million, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The ...

Authorities capture illegal ball python and iguana on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has captured a ball python and an iguana in separate residential areas on Oahu, both of which are illegal to own in the state. The Honolulu Police Department responded on Monday to home in Aiea after a resident reported seeing a ...

Honolulu police, lawmakers target illegal game rooms

HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities in Hawaii have cracked down on illegal game room establishments found in both commercial districts and residential communities on Oahu this year. The Honolulu Police Department has seized cash and more than a dozen gambling machines across two illegal game rooms ...

State approves Honolulu plan to add sand to Ala Moana beach

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources has approved Honolulu’s application to add sand to a beach at Ala Moana Regional Park. The project involves dredging offshore sand to cover the shoreline from Magic Island to Kewalo Basin, restoring the beach to its 1957 ...

Hawaii Senate bill would require reports of school virus numbers

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii Senate bill would require the state Department of Education to publish the number of new coronavirus cases detected at each public school. Current regulations require the education department to list weekly COVID-19 case totals by complex area, KITV-TV reported ...

State panel designates relief money for teacher salaries

HONOLULU — The state House education committee on Tuesday passed legislation compelling the state Department of Education to use federal coronavirus relief money to support public school teacher salaries instead of allocating the funds for uses including tutoring and school security. The ...

Changes would make Hawaii’s aid-in-dying law more accessible

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Proposed changes would make Hawaii’s aid-in-dying law more accessible for terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. The state House and the Senate are considering updates to the law that would change the length of waiting periods and expand the types of ...