Hawaii News

3 dead after tour helicopter crashes in an Oahu suburb

State representative calls for ending flights over neighborhoods and national parks By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Fire and helicopter parts rained from the sky Monday in a suburban Honolulu community as a tour helicopter crashed and killed all three ...

Tests show high levels of coral-harming chemical

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Officials have found high levels of a chemical commonly used in sunscreen that is believed to harm coral reefs in bay waters off Hawaii’s Big Island. The Kahaluu Bay Education Center commissioned the testing for oxybenzone at five sites in the bay on the island’s ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Abused wife sues spouse and HPD HONOLULU — The estranged wife of a Hawaii police sergeant charged with abusing her has filed a lawsuit against him and the police department. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that the civil suit against Honolulu Police ...

Bill reveals rift between midwife practitioners

HONOLULU (AP) — Legislation to regulate midwives in Hawaii has highlighted a divide among home birth advocates. A state Senate bill approved April 12 by the Legislature and sent to the governor for his approval will license midwives and make it illegal for unlicensed cultural and ...

Census: Oahu’s population down 62,000 in 8 years

HONOLULU (AP) — New census figures indicate the population on Oahu fell by tens of thousands over the previous eight years. Census data from 2010 to 2018 shows Oahu’s overall population decreased by 62,000. Net migration loss on Oahu from 2016 to 2017 was more than 14,000, while about ...

Endangered monk seal undergoes CT scan on Big Island

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A critically ill Hawaiian monk seal has undergone a CT scan in the hopes of determining the cause of its illness. The 3-year-old female seal, identified as RH38, was in stable but critical condition at Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital, part of The Marine Mammal ...

Honolulu police sergeant charged with domestic abuse

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu police sergeant is accused of domestic violence. The department said Wednesday Sgt. Darren Cachola has been charged with misdemeanor abuse of a household member and two counts of harassment. Police released Cachola from custody after he posted $1,500 ...

Firefighters to receive pay increases over 2 years

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii firefighters will receive pay increases as part of a new two-year contract agreement, officials said. The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association and the state government agreed to 2 percent pay increases in each of the next two years, one-time bonuses in each year and an ...

Reef shark bites woman

WAIKOLOA VILLAGE, (AP) — Officials say a shark bit a California woman near the Big Island and she was airlifted to a hospital. Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources spokes-man Dan Dennison says the 65-year-old woman was bitten Tuesday by a 5-foot black tip reef shark. No ...

$3 million settlement advances

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii state Legislature committee has recommended passage of a bill that would pay a $3 million settlement to an injured couple. The bill would appropriate $3 million for Michael Patrick O’Grady and Leiloni O’Grady of Ocean View, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Oahu homeowners to get tax break HONOLULU — Honolulu officials have approved a bill that would lower property taxes by about $70 for most Oahu homeowners. The Honolulu City Council voted unanimously for the bill last week despite Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s ...

Two Oahu vacation rental bills advance

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council has advanced two bills aimed at providing regulations on short-term vacation rentals on Oahu. Both bills now go back to the Council Planning Committee, as interim Council Chairwoman Ann Kobayashi proposes a new draft of Bill 89, the Honolulu ...

Aloha Poke claim revives Hawaiian cultural protections effort

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name “Aloha Poke” and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for ...

Ex-sergeant says vendetta led to DUI case against him

HONOLULU — A former Honolulu police sergeant says an ex-prosecutor brought a drunken-driving case against him because she had a vendetta against him, his defense attorney said in court documents. Albert Lee was a sergeant when he allegedly crashed into a Hawaiian Electric vault in 2016 ...

Scientists see gain in volcano activity HILO — Scientists on Hawaii island are monitoring increasing activity surrounding one of the Big Island’s volcanoes. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday that The Hawaii Volcano Observatory is closely monitoring Mauna Loa as conditions have ...

Gabbard hits threshold to qualify for Dem debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tulsi Gabbard says her 2020 presidential campaign has reached the donor threshold to qualify for the Democratic debates that begin in June. The congresswoman from Hawaii said in a video posted Wednesday night on Twitter that her campaign had collected contributions from ...

Former mayor wants embattled Honolulu prosecutor’s job

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Former Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle wants to return to his old job as the city’s top prosecutor because of a growing corruption scandal, he said Wednesday. Carlisle told The Associated Press he is seeking to replace ...

Science fact: Astronomers reveal first image of black hole

By SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Humanity got its first glimpse Wednesday of the cosmic place of no return: a black hole. And it’s as hot, as violent and as beautiful as science fiction imagined. In a breakthrough that thrilled the world of astrophysics and ...

Hawaii closer to forcing Airbnb to collect taxes on vacation rentals

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers eager to gather tax revenue from the state’s flourishing, yet mostly unpermitted, vacation rental sector on Tuesday passed legislation that would require websites like Airbnb to collect and pay taxes on behalf of ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Ex-commissioner sentenced to jail HILO — The former vice chairman of the state Real Estate Commission has been sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of court supervision. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday that 54-year-old Scott Alan Sherley was ...