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Hawaii News

Reward set for monk seal death info

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are offering up to $20,000 for information regarding the deaths of two Hawaiian monk seals that occurred within two months of each other. The first monk seal, a juvenile male identified as RL52, was found dead in September. The second seal, a ...

Air Force lab brings closure to Pearl Harbor families

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The remains of Nebraska and Iowa sailors who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor 79 years ago will get to return home soon thanks to the work of experts at Offutt Air Force Base. It’s part of a five-year effort to identify Navy sailors and Marines who went ...

Fallen are remembered in event shrunk by pandemic

Military streamed ceremony live online for survivors and others unable to attend By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — U.S. servicemen and women and National Park Service officials gathered at Pearl Harbor on Monday to remember those killed in the attack — but elderly ...

Police arrest couple who flew after positive tests for COVID-19

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press HONOLULU — A couple was arrested at a Kauai airport after traveling from the Mainland despite knowing they were infected with COVID-19, authorities said. Wesley Moribe, 41, and Courtney Peterson, 46, boarded a United Airlines flight to Lihue with a ...

Survivors remember Pearl Harbor at home this year

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Navy sailor Mickey Ganitch was getting ready to play in a Pearl Harbor football game as the sun came up on Dec. 7, 1941. Instead, he spent the morning — still wearing his football padding and brown team shirt — scanning the sky as ...

Hanauma Bay in Hawaii reopens to pristine conditions

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve reopened to the public after a nine-month break because of the coronavirus pandemic in pristine condition due in large part to its extended closure. The bay, which reopened Wednesday, has water that is now 64 percent clearer than it was ...

Hawaii group asks for transparency after virus outbreak

Inspection report on Big Island facility where 106 staff, residents infected not made public HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii seniors advocacy group has called on the state Department of Health to release more information about nursing home inspections after a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans ...

Ex-Honolulu police officers sentenced in corruption case

HONOLULU (AP)— A judge sentenced a former Honolulu police lieutenant on Tuesday to three-and-a-half years in prison and a former officer to four-and-a-half years for helping a now-retired police chief and his now-estranged ex-prosecutor wife frame a relative as part of a wide-ranging ...

Hawaii island group distributes $7.5M in virus housing aid

HONOLULU (AP) — A group of Hawaii island organizations has distributed $7.5 million in federal funds to help pay rent and mortgages for 1,322 households during the COVID-19 economic and health crisis, officials said. The organizations used their backgrounds in homeless assistance and ...

Honolulu: Deals with Airbnb and Expedia will help with enforcement

HONOLULU (AP) — Airbnb and Expedia Group have agreed to provide Honolulu with information that will help the city enforce its laws governing vacation rentals, the companies and the city said Tuesday. Hosts will have to provide the “tax map key” property identification number issued by ...

Mayor: Prison virus count must remain in city’s count

HONOLULU (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases among Oahu’s prison population must continue to be included in local case counts to monitor available health care resources and hospital space, Honolulu’s mayor said. Mayor Kirk Caldwell responded to critics who have said outbreaks in the ...

Kauai seeks traveler quarantine regardless of virus tests

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — The mayor of Kauai County said Tuesday he wants to reinstate a requirement that all travelers arriving in his jurisdiction quarantine for 14 days, regardless of whether they have obtained a negative COVID-19 test. Mayor Derek Kawakami ...

HPD halts virus units for alleged overtime abuse

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department said it would cancel special coronavirus enforcement units after allegations of overtime abuse from its officers. Department leaders were told that 59 officers on the coronavirus enforcement team had been flagged in an audit for overtime ...

Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony to be closed to public

HONOLULU (AP) — The annual Remembrance Day ceremony to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor will be closed to the public this year and streamed online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony will begin at 7:50 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial’s ...

Summit shuttle plan is offered

HILO (AP) — A Big Island nonprofit organization has proposed the development of a regular shuttle service to the top of Mauna Kea. A meeting Tuesday of the Maunakea Management Board included a proposal to operate shuttles to the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain, The Hawaii ...

Changes to Honolulu flood project raise cost, but add pump station

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has made significant changes to a Honolulu flood control project that would increase costs and add a four-story pump station. A Corps official said updates to the Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Project focus on evacuating water in the upper ...

Developer plans housing towers at former theater site

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii development partnership plans to take over a stalled project to turn a former movie theater site into a high-rise housing complex. The partnership led by developer Stanford Carr wants to substantially revise the $800 million plan permitted by Honolulu on the site ...

Hawaii group aims to reduce feral rabbit population

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii island group has launched an effort to reduce the number of feral rabbits, which the campaigners say are wreaking havoc on yards and burrowing under homes. The Big Island Invasive Species Committee has asked for reports from residents who have seen the wild ...

Ex-prosecutor in corruption case refused lawyer’s visits

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former Honolulu prosecutor convicted of conspiracy in Hawaii’s biggest corruption case refused to come out of her jail cell to meet with her lawyer. Katherine Kealoha’s attorney, Gary Singh, said Tuesday he tried to ...

Protesters block work on Oahu subdivision drainage project

HONOLULU (AP) — A protest by neighbors of an Oahu housing development has stopped construction crews from completing the subdivision’s drainage project, which demonstrators believe will harm marine wildlife. Residents say the project in Maili on the island’s west coast will discharge ...