Hawaii News

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 ...

Hawaii health officials confirm two rat lungworm disease cases

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health says two new cases of rat lungworm disease have been confirmed. Health officials say an adult vacationing on the northern side of the Big Island contracted the disease in December, marking the state’s ninth case of 2018. The person was ...

World’s oldest known wild bird hatches chick on Midway Atoll

HONOLULU (AP) — The oldest known wild bird in the world has become a mother again at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. wildlife officials said. The Laysan albatross named Wisdom hatched a chick earlier this month at the remote atoll northwest of Hawaii, the Honolulu ...

Oahu shopping mall adopts Hawaiian language name

HONOLULU (AP) — Buildings at a shopping mall on Oahu have been renamed in the Hawaiian language amid a growing trend of Hawaii businesses adopting Hawaiian names. The Pearlridge Shopping Center has adopted the name Wai Makai for its complex formerly known as Downtown after more than 20 ...

Ex-prosecutor and brother hit with drug charges in Hawaii

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses a former Honolulu city prosecutor of dealing opioids with her physician brother and using her position to cover up their crimes. Katherine Kealoha, the wife of ...

Bankruptcy filings jump 40 percent

HILO (AP) — The number of bankruptcy filings in Hawaii increased by more than 40 percent to 149 cases last month, marking the highest level for January in seven years, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records. Last year’s 1,490 bankruptcy cases brought an end to the state’s ...

Study: Number of legal guns in state unknown

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii does not have an accurate count of legally owned and registered guns, and there is no reliable way to find out how many are in the state, according to a state study. The Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau study shows an average of 32 percent of all murders in the ...

Pidgin word added to Oxford dictionary

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii pidgin adjective for the phrase “messed up” has been listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. The word hammajang was among the more than 600 new words and phrases added to the dictionary in December, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported this week. Hammajang ...

Big Island man gets 20-year sentence for rape, kidnapping

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A Big Island man convicted in the 2016 rape of a woman has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. Samuel Latrik, 19, was sentenced Monday in 3rd Circuit Court after pleading guilty in November to charges that included sexual assault, assault and kidnapping, West Hawaii ...

Kauai resort employees amend lawsuit over locker room videos

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Female employees of a Kauai resort have added claims of sexual harassment and retaliation to their class-action lawsuit filed after a male co-worker was accused of recording women in the employee locker room. Attorneys for the employees have filed an amended complaint ...

Users of Honolulu hygiene center increase over month

HONOLULU (AP) — The number of homeless people using a hygiene center in Honolulu has steadily increased over the nearly month it has been in operation. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports daily users of the Punawai Rest Stop have grown from eight people recorded on the facility’s first day ...

State In Brief

Surfer suffers apparent shark bite HANALEI, Kauai — Officials on Kauai say a surfer has been bitten by a shark. A statement released by the Kauai Fire Department says a man was surfing off Hanalei on Monday when he was apparently bitten by a tiger shark. The man sustained lacerations to his ...

Police: Driver struck pedestrians at about 50 mph

HONOLULU (AP) — A suspected drunken driver slammed into a crowded Honolulu traffic island at about 50 mph and killed three pedestrians, police said at a preliminary hearing Monday. Honolulu Police Cpl. Jason Tanaka testified about speed estimates from last week’s crash. Alins Sumang looked ...

Airbnb criticizes state’s attempt to subpoena vacation rental host records

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Airbnb is pushing back against the state’s attempt to find tax delinquents by subpoenaing 10 years’ worth of invoices, receipts and other records from the home-sharing platform’s island hosts, calling it an unprecedented, “massive ...

Downpours in April set new US record

HONOLULU (AP) — The torrential downpours that flooded the island of Kauai last year set the national record for the most rainfall in a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service’s National Climate Extremes Committee issued a memorandum Wednesday, ...

Manslaughter charges for deaths of three Honolulu pedestrians

Half-empty bottle of vodka found in suspect’s vehicle By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — There was a half-empty bottle of vodka inside the pickup truck a suspected drunken driver plowed into a crowded Honolulu intersection, killing three people, according to ...