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Hawaii News

Honolulu seeks private proposals to operate Haiku Stairs

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu requested proposals from private organizations interested in providing managed, fee-based access to its famed Haiku Stairs. The city announced Tuesday that any interested party would need to restore, maintain and operate the Oahu staircase that attracts 4,000 ...

Ex-Army medic sentenced to 35 years for his wife’s murder

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former Army medic stationed in Hawaii was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison for the 2014 stabbing of his wife in a case involving porn, sex charges and a love triangle. Michael Walker, 40, pleaded guilty to ...

Lawmakers back Native Hawaiian reconciliation commission

Telescope protests put a spotlight on deep grievances over treatment By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A panel of state lawmakers passed a resolution Monday calling for the governor to convene a Native Hawaiian reconciliation commission, a step that comes after ...

State Senate bills seek some harsher penalties for attacking referees, coaches

HILO (AP) — Two bills introduced to the Hawaii state Senate seek harsher penalties for parents, spectators and athletes who assault or terrorize sports officials such as referees, umpires and coaches. The bills would expand the state’s second-degree assault law to include causing injury ...

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii House of Representatives has deferred action on a bill that would have expanded police powers to search for firearms without obtaining a warrant. The bill was deferred by lawmakers during a joint hearing of the Public Safety, Veterans, and Military Affairs and ...

Honolulu man pleads guilty to murder of boy

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu man has pleaded guilty to murder in the 2016 stabbing of a four-year-old boy. Waiser Walter pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder this week, the Honolulu prosecuting attorney’s office announced Thursday. Walter, 29, ...

Honolulu officials confirm identity of suspect’s remains

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials in Honolulu say the second set of human remains found inside a burnt-out home near Waikiki where two police officers were shot and killed last month belong to the suspected killer. The mayor’s office released a statement Wednesday saying the remains of ...

State lawmakers aim to address gun violence, mental health

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled several measures to prevent gun violence and boost mental health care weeks after a Honolulu resident fatally shot two police officers, started a fire that burned down several homes, and killed his landlord and himself. “That tragedy has ...

Big Island lawmakers introduce feral pig bills

HILO (AP) — A pair of bills introduced in Hawaii would remove restrictions on wild pig hunting on the Big Island to control the feral pig population and protect local plant life. The measures were introduced by multiple Hawaii island senators and representatives on behalf of Mark Hanson, a ...

Slain Honolulu officer honored by colleagues and community

HONOLULU (AP) — Law enforcement officers from around the country gathered in Honolulu for a ceremony to honor one of two officers killed while responding to a call in which a suspect and his landlord died and nearby homes were leveled by fire. Officer Tiffany Enriquez was memorialized ...

Zippy’s holds fundraiser for officers’ memorial fund

The Maui News Zippy’s is holding a fundraiser on Tuesday for officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama, who were killed in the line of duty on Jan. 19 in a Diamond Head neighborhood on Oahu. Profits from sales of three selected menu items at the fast-food counter will be donated to ...

Senator wants probe of Hawaii FAA office after 3 crashes

HONOLULU (AP) — A whistleblower has told a Senate committee that a manager in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Hawaii field office improperly let a helicopter tour company owner certify pilots for flight on behalf of the agency. The owner then approved a pilot who was at the ...

Mom fails to meet deadline to produce missing children

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The mom of two children missing since September failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to bring the kids to authorities in Idaho on Thursday. That clears the way for a judge to potentially hold Lori Vallow in contempt of court, a legal move that could allow prosecutors ...

Mom of 2 missing kids found on Kauai with new husband

Couple ordered to produce her kids in Idaho by Thursday BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police say the mother of two missing kids has been found in Hawaii along with her new husband, but there’s still no sign of the children in the cross-country investigation that includes several mysterious ...

Officials ID remains in burnt-out Oahu home

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the remains of two people found in a burnt-out home where a man allegedly shot and killed two Honolulu police officers and attacked a neighbor before setting the house ablaze last weekend. Officials released a ...

Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton over Russia ‘favorite’ comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton on Wednesday over an interview in which Clinton appeared to call Gabbard “the favorite of the Russians.” Gabbard, a Hawaii congresswoman, said in her lawsuit filed in ...

Neighbor wanted cop killing suspect evicted years ago

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A next-door neighbor of a man accused of stabbing a woman and fatally shooting two Hawaii police officers said he was assaulted by the suspect years ago and wanted him evicted from their upscale neighborhood near ...

Aircraft carrier named for Pearl Harbor hero

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy announced it would honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller. The announcement was planned for Pearl Harbor on Monday to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, The Honolulu ...

Suspect in officers’ deaths is said to be unhinged

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — An Oahu handyman with a history of run-ins with police and neighbors faced eviction when he stabbed a woman and killed two officers before the house he and two women were believed to be inside burned, authorities ...

Homes burn after shooter kills two Honolulu officers

By CALEB JONES, JENNIFER KELLEHER and MARCO GARCIA The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man shot and killed two police officers Sunday as they responded to a home in a leafy neighborhood beneath the rim of a famed volcanic crater near Waikiki Beach, authorities said. The officers were ...