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Hawaii News

Mauna Kea telescope protest has long history

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — Singing, chanting and lying on the ground in the road, hundreds of people demonstrated Monday against the construction of a giant telescope on a mountaintop that some Native Hawaiians consider ...

Company behind Oahu plane crash did not have proper permits

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii skydiving company that was operating a plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month did not have the proper permits, according to documents released by the state Wednesday. The documents show Oahu Parachute Center was “not in good standing” with the ...

Turbulence injures dozens on Air Canada flight to Australia

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Intense turbulence struck an Air Canada flight to Australia on Thursday and sent unbuckled passengers flying into the ceiling, forcing the plane to land in Hawaii. The flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered ...

Council to hear about rundown Oahu condo

HONOLULU (AP) — The City Council will talk about the condition of a vacant Honolulu condominium after neighbors have spent more than a decade complaining about broken windows, rats and human waste. The unoccupied building in a five-unit complex has been empty for 20 years and has a history ...

Trash piling up as Honolulu begins bulk item pickup program

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu residents are complaining about trash piling up because of the city’s new bulky item pickup program. The program launched last month has resulted in garbage piles in front of residences and schools, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. The city in ...

Thirty Meter Telescope to restart building Monday on Hawaii island

Road to Mauna Kea to be closed to allow equipment delivery By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Construction on a giant telescope will start again next week after lengthy court battles and passionate protests from those who say building it on ...

Judge dismisses petition to impeach prosecutor

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii judge has dismissed a petition for the impeachment of Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a circuit court judge Monday denied the petition filed by Oahu businessman Tracy Yoshimura. The judge cited procedural issues ...

Feds: 2 skydivers joined the doomed flight at last minute

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says two skydivers made a last-minute decision to board the plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month. The NTSB’s preliminary report was released Tuesday. No cause for the crash was given, which is typical for preliminary ...

Residents monitor traffic heading to popular Kauai park

HONOLULU (AP) — A local group is counting vehicles approaching a state park on the island of Kauai as it looks to help regulate visitor traffic. Kuhio Highway Regulation intends to monitor the number of rental cars on the highway leading to Haena State Park, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ...

Gov. Ige vetoes vacation rental tax collection bill

Governor worries bill would legitimize illegal short-term rentals By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige on Tuesday said he would veto a bill that would require websites like Airbnb to collect and pay taxes on behalf of short-term vacation rental hosts, saying he ...

Desk duty for national park ranger after shooting

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park law enforcement officer who shot the driver of stolen vehicle is on desk duty while local and federal agencies investigate. Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane says an NPS shooting investigative team is on the Big Island working with Hawaii ...

Goats now Hilo weed wackers

HILO (AP) — Big Island officials plan to employ a group of goats to keep city spaces free of overgrowth. The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation announced Friday that a pilot project using the goats will begin this month to clear an area of brush near Hilo soccer ...

Ex-inmate, attorney dreaded holidays in federal prison

Kenneth Lawson has some idea what Katherine Kealoha is going through HONOLULU (AP) — A former prosecutor is now inmate No. 06014-122 at a federal detention center after a jury convicted her of conspiracy in what’s been described as Hawaii’s biggest corruption case. Katherine Kealoha ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press Businesses receive false shooter alert HONOLULU — A shopping center in a Hawaii tourist mecca sent a false alert to merchants informing them of an active shooter. International Market Place in Waikiki says in a statement the message was inadvertently sent ...

Lemur is born

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Zoo has announced the birth of an endangered ring-tailed lemur. Hawaii News Now reported Wednesday that the lemur was born June 10 to a 4-year-old mother and 3-year-old father. Officials at the Oahu zoo say the lemurs arrived separately in fall 2018 with ...

Inmate shooting case referred

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu prosecutors are asking the state attorney general’s office to review the fatal shooting of an inmate by a guard. The state Department of Public Safety said at the time that Maurice Arrisgado was attempting to run from the Oahu Community Correctional Center in ...

Hurricane Barbara is close to Category 5

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful Hurricane Barbara rapidly gained strength and was close to growing into a Category 5 storm Tuesday night as it pushed out over the eastern Pacific Ocean, far from land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Barbara had maximum sustained winds of nearly 155 ...

Taxpayer-funded lawyer wants out of corruption case

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A defense attorney who was appointed to represent a former Honolulu prosecutor convicted of conspiracy filed a motion Tuesday to part ways with her client. Cynthia Kagiwada asked to withdraw as an attorney for Katherine ...

Alert level increased at Mauna Loa

Officials: Erruption not imminent but volcano activity is known to evolve ‘very quickly’ By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — Federal officials raised the alert level Tuesday for the world’s largest active volcano, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, which last erupted in 1984. The ...

Wyoming sailor killed at Pearl Harbor goes home

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A sailor who died during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been laid to rest in Wyoming. The Laramie Boomerang reports that there was a robust turnout for the burial of Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class George Hanson on Saturday even though only one person ...