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Hawaii News

Controversial telescope gets OK to build on Big Island

Construction set to begin this summer By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — After years of protests and legal battles, officials have announced that a massive telescope which will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on a Big ...

Tourists blocked by protesters from using Kauai highway

HANALEI, Hawaii (AP) — Protesters formed a human chain and blocked tourists from using a Kauai highway to access an area they said cannot support a large influx of people, according to reports. A 2-mile stretch of the Kuhio Highway was reopened by police Monday before 7 a.m., news ...

Ex-prosecutor rests corruption case without testifying in her defense

HONOLULU (AP) — An ex-Honolulu deputy prosecutor on trial for corruption-related charges has rested her case without testifying in her defense. Katherine Kealoha’s attorney Cynthia Kagiwada rested Wednesday. Observers of the closely watched trial have been waiting to learn whether ...

Hawaii’s stunning Kalalau Trail and Haena State Park reopen

HONOLULU (AP) — The popular Kalalau Trail and Haena State Park are reopening on the Hawaiian island of Kauai this week but will have fewer people. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports only 900 visitors a day will be allowed inside the park starting Monday. That’s down from an estimated ...

Ex-prosecutor undecided about testifying in corruption trial

HONOLULU (AP) — An ex-Honolulu prosecutor hasn’t decided whether she will testify in her defense at a trial over allegations she and her police chief husband framed her uncle to keep him from revealing fraud that funded their lavish lifestyle. Katherine Kealoha’s attorney Earle ...

Active shooter scare at Honolulu airport delays flights

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Flights were being delayed and hundreds of people were waiting to go through security screening at Honolulu’s airport on Tuesday after an active shooter scare. Passengers who had already passed through screening and were boarding ...

Hawaii island firm aims to mass produce edible seaweed off coast

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A Big Island company hopes to build an underwater farm that can produce large quantities of edible seaweed, officials said. Kampachi Farms LLC is working to establish a farm to grow limu more than a mile off Kaiwi Point near Kailua on Hawaii island, The Honolulu ...

Big Island vacation rentals are registered with new law

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Vacation rental registrations have been coming in to Hawaii County faster than workers can process them as the county implements a new law. The county Planning Department processed 226 registrations as of early last week, West Hawaii Today reported . Paper application ...

Additional lawyer to represent Kealohas

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Soon after a Honolulu prosecutor and her police chief husband were indicted and accused of a fraud scheme that funded their lavish lifestyle, they told a judge they couldn’t pay for lawyers to represent them. The public ...

Man suffers brain injury after truck hits 10 cars

HONOLULU (AP) — Family and friends say a 31-year-old man sustained brain and spine injuries after a tow truck plowed into his compact car earlier this week. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that Jim Braddock, who is originally from New Jersey, is hospitalized in critical but ...

Flags at half-staff for Rep. Rod Tam

The Maui News U.S. and Hawaii flags are flying at half-staff today to honor longtime Oahu state lawmaker Rod Tam, Lt. Gov. Josh Green announced Friday. Tam died May 15 at age 65. His memorial service is being held today. Tam spent three decades in political office, starting with the state ...

Injured man, 5 others cited for trespassing in Hawaii park

HONOLULU (AP) — A man injured during a rockfall in an Oahu state park was among five people cited for trespassing, officials said. State officials cited Lincoln Hittner of Honolulu on Tuesday for trespassing in a closed park, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. Hittner was ...

Kaiser sues hospital system for billing practices

HONOLULU (AP) — Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit against a Hawaii hospital system over a change in billing practices, officials said. The lawsuit filed Wednesday was the result of The Queen’s Health Systems plan to directly bill Kaiser for members’ ...

Remains of US sailor who died at Pearl Harbor accounted for

BOSTON (AP) — The remains of a sailor from Massachusetts lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been accounted for. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday that Navy Seaman 1st Class Frank Hryniewicz was accounted for on Jan. 28. Hryniewicz was 20 years ...

Power outage at Honolulu airport sparks travel delays

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials say a power outage at Honolulu’s international airport has caused travel delays. Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara says the power went out in Terminal 1 at Daniel K. Inouye International around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. The outage was ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Budget has $13M for beach restoration HONOLULU — The state budget passed by the Hawaii Legislature includes funding for repairs at Waikiki Beach, officials said. The Legislature approved about $13 million for improvements to the crumbling Royal Hawaiian seawall ...

Jury clears cops in stun gun death

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal jury in Honolulu has found police did not use excessive force against a man who died after being pepper sprayed and shot with a stun gun, a report said. The jury ruled Thursday against the family of 38-year-old Sheldon Haleck in the $3 million lawsuit, The ...

State official: Hundreds of homeless die on street

Caldwell: Statistics are a wake-up call HONOLULU (AP) — Hundreds of homeless people in Hawaii died over the last five years, according to a medical examiner. Analysis by Honolulu Chief Medical Examiner Christopher Happy found 373 people were considered homeless at the time of their ...

Man dies after leaping into ocean from cliff

HONOLULU (AP) — A man has died after leaping into the ocean at an isolated Hawaii cliff where another person was critically injured days earlier, officials said. The 22-year-old man died Wednesday after jumping at Spitting Cave on Oahu, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The Honolulu ...

Kealoha corruption trial moves its focus to alleged fake notary

Authorities: Wong was the invention of ex-city prosecutor By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Jurors in a Hawaii corruption trial heard testimony Friday about an imaginary notary U.S. authorities say former Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha invented ...