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Hawaii News

Removal of Haiku hiking stairs proposed by board

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu city agency has proposed removing the popular Haiku Stairs hiking staircase that spans Oahu island’s Koolau Mountains. The Honolulu Board of Water Supply said it could cost about $1 million to remove the staircase with 3,922 steps that attracts 4,000 people ...

Prosecutor: She ‘lies as easily as she draws breath’

Katherine Kealoha taken into custody after guilty verdict By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Two U.S. marshals led a former Honolulu prosecutor out of a courtroom Friday when a U.S. judge ordered her detained after a jury found her guilty of conspiracy and he ...

Kealohas convicted in plot to hide fraud

Prosecutors say couple used a secret police unit to frame Gerard Puana for stealing their home mailbox HONOLULU (AP) — A jury has found a former Honolulu prosecutor and her now-retired police chief husband guilty in a plot to frame a relative to silence him from revealing fraud that financed ...

Jury begins deliberating in Kealohas trial

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii corruption case alleging a former police chief and his wife conspired to frame a man is now in the hands of a jury. A jury of seven men and five women began deliberating Wednesday. Now-retired Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine Kealoha, a ...

Oahu mayor OKs vacation rental bill

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor has signed a bill giving the city stronger tools to regulate vacation rentals and their operators, a report said. Democrat Kirk Caldwell signed the bill Tuesday to allow permits for about 1,700 hosted bed-and-breakfast establishments beginning in October ...

Lightning strikes injure 3

The Associated Press and The Maui News HONOLULU — Three people have been injured by lightning strikes during heavy storms in Hawaii. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that a 10-year-old boy and two men sustained serious injuries in two separate lightning strikes on Oahu on ...

Mrs. Chapman of TV’s ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ dies

Co-star of show, 51,  loses her battle with lung cancer By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Beth Chapman, who co-starred with her husband on the “Dog the Bounty Hunter” reality TV show and later spoke out against some bail reform measures as a leader of a ...

Democrats rail against economy-for-rich in debate

By JUANA SUMMERS and STEVE PEOPLES The Associated Press MIAMI — Ten Democrats railed against a national economy and Republican administration they argued exist only for the rich as presidential candidates debated onstage for the first time in the young 2020 season, embracing inequality as ...

Skydiving crash victims include a young couple and a US Navy sailor

By CALEB JONES and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — All 11 people on board a skydiving plane died when it crashed and burned at a small airfield north of Honolulu last week. It was the worst civilian aviation accident in the U.S. since 2011. The Honolulu Medical ...

Prosecutor says the Kealohas abused their positions

Closing arguments heard Tuesday in convoluted public corruption trial By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — The former police chief of Honolulu and his wife, a former deputy prosecutor, abused their positions in an attempt to silence a relative who could have exposed ...

Korean War memorial dedicated

HILO (AP) — A memorial has been dedicated to Hawaii island military members who died during the Korean War, a report said. The Korean War Memorial was dedicated Saturday in a ceremony at Wailoa State Recreation Area in Hilo, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday. The memorial honors ...

Device to trap plastic waste relaunches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in second attempt to clean up a huge island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. Boyan Slat, creator of The Ocean Cleanup project, announced on Twitter that a ...

Skydiver from previous wreck ‘extremely upset’ over Oahu crash

California man wonders if he could have done anything to prevent incident By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who was involved in a terrifying 2016 skydiving accident on the same plane that crashed and killed 11 people in Hawaii on Friday says he wishes he could have ...

Feds probe ‘quality’ of repairs on plane in Oahu skydiving crash

By CALEB JONES and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Federal investigators will review repair and inspection records on the skydiving plane that became inverted before crashing shortly after takeoff on Oahu’s North Shore, killing all 11 people on board in the deadliest civil ...

Wife of late senator christens Navy warship bearing his name

Representatives of Hawaii bring lei and aloha to historic ceremony By DAVID SHARP The Associated Press BATH, Maine — A Hawaii delegation brought a tropical flair to a state known for cold weather as a U.S. Navy destroyer bearing the name of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye was christened ...

Skydiving airplane in crash had ’16 mishap

By AUDREY McAVOY and ANDREW SELSKY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A skydiving plane that crashed on Oahu, killing 11 people, was involved in a terrifying midair incident three years ago in Northern California that prompted the 14 skydivers aboard to jump earlier than planned to safety, ...

Hawaii joins lawsuit to stop $26.5B wireless deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada are joining the legal fight against T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion bid for Sprint in a case that lawyers on both sides say they hope will reach trial in October. Beau Buffier, a lawyer for New York state’s attorney general, told a ...

Authorities: 9 killed in Oahu plane crash

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Nine people on board a twin engine aircraft died Friday night in a crash on Oahu’s North Shore, officials said. There were no survivors in the crash of the King Air plane near a small airport, Hawaii Department of Transportation ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Kilauea victims told to return relief funds HILO — Kilauea eruption victims who were ruled ineligible have been asked to return federal disaster relief payments. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed 77 ...

Rail authority to replace station infrastructure

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu rail authority will redesign and replace the metal structures at three stations that support overhead fabric canopies that will shelter passengers from sun and rain, officials said. The city will fix 15 so-called canopy arms after flaws were discovered in ...