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Hawaii News

Native Hawaiian princess: I’m not dead yet

Proceeding set to determine whether heiress needs an estate conservator By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A 93-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress doesn’t need anyone to handle her estate because she isn’t dead yet, she testified Monday during a hearing to ...

Bill would require more women on corporate boards

HONOLULU (AP) — A bill that would require publicly traded corporations based in Hawaii to include women on their boards of directors has advanced in the state Senate, but it is facing resistance from business advocates. The bill would require public corporations with its principal ...

No bail for Kauai councilman accused of leading meth ring

HONOLULU (AP) — A Kauai councilman accused of leading a methamphetamine ring must be held without bail, a U.S. judge ruled Wednesday. Arthur Brun led a major drug-trafficking conspiracy involving 11 other defendants since at least June, while serving as an elected member of the Kauai ...

Mom of 2 missing kids to be sent to Idaho

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman was expected to be sent from Hawaii to Idaho on Wednesday to face charges in the disappearance of her young son and teenage daughter. Lori Vallow was arrested last month on Kauai on Idaho felony charges of child abandonment in a bizarre case that has attracted ...

Japan suspends annual funding for TMT

HONOLULU (AP) — Japan suspended its yearly funding for a giant telescope project in Hawaii, citing an ongoing stalemate over its construction. Japan is not completely pulling out of participation in the Thirty Meter Telescope project on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii Public Radio ...

Whereabouts of missing kids still unknown

Lori Vallow sits in a Kauai jail, awaiting extradition to Idaho By JACQUES BILLEAUD The Associated Press PHOENIX — The adult niece of an Idaho woman whose two children have been missing for five months is cooperating in the FBI’s investigation into the disappearance, undergoing ...

Geothermal plant reopening delayed

HILO (AP) — The Puna Geothermal Venture power plant is expected to restart operations in the second half of 2020, later than a previous estimate, according to its owner. Ormat Technologies Inc. said the restart of the Big Island plant was held up because of delayed building permitting, The ...

Bill to raise smoking age to 25 stalls in Legislature

KAILUA-KONA, (AP) — A bill aimed at raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco and electronic smoking devices has stalled in the state House of Representatives. The bill proposed to make it illegal for anyone younger than 25 to buy the products, West Hawaii Today reported ...

Man finds unexploded bombs on hike

HILO (AP) — An adventurer in Hawaii found two suspected unexploded military bombs while hiking on the Big Island. Kona resident and adventure television host Kawika Singson discovered the bombs while exploring the lava fields of Mauna Loa last week, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported ...

Honolulu officials identify 2 men killed in crash

Cause of plane crash has not been determined HONOLULU (AP) — Officials have identified two people killed when their single-engine plane crashed at an airport northwest of Honolulu over the weekend. The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday Richard Rogers, 70, died along with ...

Officials: State’s flu outbreak complicated by coronavirus fears

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is bracing for 50,000 to 70,000 cases of flu this year. But a surge in influenza has been complicated by fears of the new virus that started in China. Many patients visiting Hawaii emergency rooms for flu cases are worried about contracting the illness known as ...

Small plane crashes at Oahu airfield, killing 2

HONOLULU — A single-engine plane crashed at an airport northwest of Honolulu on Saturday, killing two people, authorities said. Crews treated a man in his 60s with traumatic injuries before he was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Honolulu Emergency Medical Services ...

State Democrats can vote by mail for presidential nominee

Dems are calling the process a party-run primary By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Democratic Party of Hawaii members can use mail-in ballots to select their choice for presidential nominee this year to avoid the long lines of past party caucuses. The party plans to ...

Mom of 2 missing Idaho kids arrested on Kauai

HONOLULU (AP) — The mother of two Idaho children missing since September was arrested Thursday on Kauai. Lori Vallow, also known as Lori Daybell, 47, was arrested on a warrant issued in Madison County, Idaho, and was being held on $5 million bail, Kauai police said. Seven-year-old ...

Mauna Kea rules implementation could take 6 to 12 months

HILO (AP) — The University of Hawaii’s new administrative rules governing Mauna Kea could take up to a year before they are fully implemented, officials said. Democratic Gov. David Ige approved the rules in January. But it is likely to be six to 12 months before they are put into effect ...

Police say thieves nabbed $1K worth of pungent fruit

HONOLULU (AP) — Police in Hawaii are investigating the theft of fruit valued at about $1,000 including durian, which is known for its powerful odor. Two men entered a property in Hilo on the Big Island and removed 18 durian and other types of fruit on the night of Feb. 1, the Hawaii Police ...

Hawaii bills would regulate best methods to fight fire ants

HILO (AP) — Two bills introduced by Hawaii legislators would require the state Department of Agriculture to identify the best ways to fight fire ants. The bills would require the agriculture department to work with the Hawaii Ant Lab to identify the best practices to control the insects, ...

Military housing rentals are offered to Hawaii school teachers

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Education has launched a new program allowing teachers to live in military rental housing, an official said. The initiative is aimed at addressing the problem of retaining and recruiting teachers, Hawaii Public Radio reported Wednesday. Education ...

HEI: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HE) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $66.7 million. The Honolulu-based company said it had a net income of 61 cents per share. The parent of Hawaii’s largest electricity generator posted revenue of $726 million in the ...

Hawaii Senate committee OKs edible medical cannabis

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii state Senate committee has granted preliminary approval to a bill authorizing the sale of edible medical cannabis products. Even if the bill passes the Legislature, the products are unlikely to be legally available in the state for many months, The Honolulu ...