Hawaii News

Suit over child’s death names caregivers, agencies

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The parents of a child who died in foster care have filed a lawsuit accusing the caregivers and associated agencies of negligence, according to court records. Sherri-Ann Garett and Juben Garcia filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday over the July 2017 death of ...

Possible relocation of volcano observatory raises some concerns

Facility has been located at Kilauea caldera rim for over a century HILO (AP) — Some have voiced concerns about the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory potentially moving off of the Big Island to Oahu. The Observatory confirmed last week that Oahu is one option under consideration for a new ...

Report: Hawaii Kona crab ample enough for increased fishing

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Hawaii’s Kona crab fishery is healthy enough to expand the catch brought to market, according to an assessment by a federal marine science agency. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the 2018 stock assessment of the main Hawaiian Islands Kona crab ...

Hawaii considers reforming bail system called unfair to poor

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii would be the latest state to overhaul its bail system to make it fairer for the poor if bills before the state Legislature become law. Lawmakers are considering allowing defendants accused of non-violent offenses to be released ...

US guided missile destroyer arrives in Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU (AP) — A new guided missile destroyer that is among the U.S. Navy’s newest class of warships has arrived in Pearl Harbor. The USS Zumwalt arrived Tuesday morning after making its first operational trip, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. The 610-footlong guided ...

USGS searches for new observatory site

HILO (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is looking for a new home for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory after it became displaced because of the Kilauea volcano eruption last year. The observatory office and Jaggar Museum near the edge of the Kilauea caldera in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ...

Zippy’s Restaurant planning its first store in Las Vegas

HONOLULU (AP) — A popular Hawaii restaurant chain has purchased land in Las Vegas to open its first location outside the state. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Zippy’s Restaurants announced plans last week to open a 7,000-square-foot restaurant and bakery at the corner of Badura ...

Pearl Harbor memorial to remain closed

HONOLULU (AP) — Repairs to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor are expected to keep the dock closed through the summer. The National Park Service has awarded a $2.1 million contract for repairs that are expected to be completed in time for the next Dec. 7, 1941, remembrance ...

Lawmakers approve Kilauea disaster relief

HONOLULU (AP) — State lawmakers have approved $20 million in grants and $40 million in loans to Hawaii County to help residents recover from last year’s Kilauea volcano eruption. The Senate passed legislation awarding the funds on Friday, one month after the House. The bill goes to Gov. ...

Utah ‘extreme stalking’ case hones in on Hawaii man

By BRADY McCOMBS The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah family that says it has been inundated with hundreds of unwanted service providers unwittingly sent to their home over the past seven months has a court-ordered protective injunction against a man in Hawaii, but police have yet ...

Hawaii salary commission endorses annual pay raises for elected officials

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s state salary commission has recommended a series of annual pay raises for state legislators beginning in 2021. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that some leading lawmakers support the commission’s recommendation to boost all legislators’ pay by ...

Alert level for Kilauea volcano is lowered

HILO (AP) — Scientists have downgraded the alert level for Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano in response to reduced activity, saying the next eruption is likely a few years away. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory announced Tuesday that the alert level for the Big ...

Hawaii County short-term rental rule changes draft published

HILO (AP) — An updated draft of rules for short-term vacation rentals has been published by Hawaii County’s planning department. The list of regulations published by Big Island county planners could end up being the long-awaited final draft, West Hawaii Today reported Monday. Under ...

14-year-old cheetah named Oringo dies at Honolulu Zoo

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Zoo says its only cheetah has died. The zoo announced last week that the 14-year-old male cheetah named Oringo was euthanized because of health complications related to aging. The big, fast cats have an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years in the wild. ...

Hawaii governor requests $4.3M to house inmates in Arizona

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s administration has requested an additional $4.3 million to continue housing inmates on the mainland as security systems are upgraded at a state prison. The latest funding request would bring the cost to $18.7 million for incarcerating prisoners at ...

Hawaiian Humane Society boss quits after euthanasia protests

HONOLULU (AP) — The head of the Hawaiian Humane Society has stepped down amid criticism of her leadership and handling of the organization’s euthanasia policies. President and CEO Lisa Fowler relinquished her post immediately for “personal reasons” after leading the animal protection ...

Redevelopment project for famed Hawaii resort collapses

WAILUA (AP) — An effort to revive a Hawaii resort that hosted Elvis in its heyday has collapsed due to financial difficulties. The Garden Island reported Tuesday that the project to redevelop the former Coco Palms resort fell apart after developers defaulted on $11.2 million in ...

Man injured in apparent shark bite off Big Island

The Associated Press HONOLULU — State officials say a 75-year-old man sustained an apparent shark bite on his leg while paddling an outrigger canoe in an isolated area off Hawaii’s Big Island. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources released a statement Tuesday saying the ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Monk seal born in North Kona KAILUA-KONA — A Hawaiian monk seal gave birth on the Big Island’s North Kona coast last week. Claire Simeone, the director of the Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital, told West Hawaii Today she estimates the pup weighs about 25 ...

Honolulu police chief ‘exceeds expectations’

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard gets high marks for her first performance evaluation since taking over the department. The Honolulu Police Commission released Ballard’s evaluation Thursday, saying she “exceeds expectations” in most categories including leadership, ...