Hawaii News

N. Korea, Hawaii attack scenarios described

HONOLULU (AP) — If there’s a ballistic missile strike from North Korea, Hawaii will be faced with thousands of casualties, thermal radiation, severe damage to critical infrastructure, widespread structural fires and other chaos, the administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency ...

Delta to end flights between Guam and Japan

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Delta Air Lines has announced it will end flights between Japan and Guam because of low demand just days after another airline delayed Japan-Guam flights because of North Korea’s threat to attack the U.S. island territory. Demand was not strong enough for Delta to ...

Mars research crew emerges from isolation

HONOLULU — Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on Mauna Loa since January emerged from isolation Sunday. They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruit and fluffy egg strata after eating mostly freeze-dried food while in isolation and some vegetables ...

State / In Brief

Waikiki shooting suspect arrested HONOLULU — Honolulu authorities took three people into custody Sunday evening, one of whom is believed to be a suspect in a Waikiki shooting that left one dead and two others seriously injured. The three subjects were pulled from an apartment building ...

Mars research subjects to emerge Sunday after 8 months of isolation

By CALEB JONES, The Associated Press HONOLULU — After eight months of living in isolation on a Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from their Mars-like habitat Sunday and return to civilization. Their first order of business after subsisting on mostly freeze-dried ...

State, federal regulators crack down on hidden resort fees

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Office of Consumer Protection is investigating resort fees charged by hotel operators as part of a nationwide effort to curb hidden industry fees. State and federal regulators are in the process of cracking down on hotels that charge resort fees without fully ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Expert: Sharks trail spawning fish HONOLULU — A recent spate of aggressive sharks spotted near the shore at a popular spot on Oahu’s north side is likely due to the spawning season of a species of fish, a Hawaii shark expert said. Waimea Bay lifeguards on Monday ...

Bike-share program is on a roll

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The nonprofit operating Kona’s bike-share program is in the process of applying for grants that could allow it to expand. People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii recently received a 180-day extension on its $250,000 contract with Hawaii County, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald ...

Organizers need sponsor for women’s big-wave surfing contest

HONOLULU (AP) — Organizers of the first-ever Hawaii big-wave surfing contest exclusively for women are in need of a sponsor. Betty Depolito and Wrenna Delgado secured a city permit to hold the Women’s Waimea Bay Championship later this year, but the pair needs to find a corporate sponsor ...

Kona Brewing Co. lawsuit moving forward

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A lawsuit against the owner of Kona Brewing Co. will proceed after a federal judge in California denied a motion to dismiss it. The lawsuit against Craft Brew Alliance and others claims that the brewery makes customers believe Kona Brewing Co. beer is brewed in Hawaii by ...

Big Island tour operator fined for harassing dolphins

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Big Island tour operator has been fined for repeatedly dropping swimmers in front of dolphins and encircling the animals with his tour boat, officials said. It’s the first such fine against an operator of spinner dolphin tours, said ...

Suit filed against blood bank after sick woman fired

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against the Blood Bank of Hawaii claiming it wrongfully fired an employee battling cancer after she ran out of sick days. Jane Magaoay began working for the nonprofit as a laboratory assistant in 2012 and ...

No Hawaii tsunami forecast after 8.1 magnitude Mexico quake

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A massive 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico, toppling houses in Chiapas state, causing buildings to sway violently as far away as the country’s distant capital and setting off a tsunami warning. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake ...

Ruling suspends commercial scooping of aquarium fish in Hawaiian waters

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A state Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday halts the commercial scooping of reef fish for aquariums until the state reviews the trade’s environmental impact. Hawaii is the world’s third largest source of commercial fish, ...

Personality to define governor’s race

HONOLULU (AP) — There used to be a time in Hawaii when an incumbent governor was a shoo-in for re-election. But in the 2014 primary election, now-Gov. David Ige unseated a fellow Democrat. Now U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is attempting to do the same to Ige. Her announcement last week that ...

Universal basic income taking hold in some places

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants. As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human beings ...

Air ambulance company buying its competitor

HONOLULU (AP) — A firm that controls one of two air ambulance companies in Hawaii is acquiring the other business. Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., which owns Hawaii Life Flight, plans to buy competitor American Medical Response for $2.4 billion, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

Ige follows through on promise to cool schools

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige’s administration has fulfilled its promise of installing air conditioning in 1,000 classrooms. Ige was at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School on Thursday as the 1,000th classroom became air-conditioned. “We had committed to air conditioning and cooling ...

Agency OKs plan for bombing practice

LIHUE (AP) — The National Marine Fisheries Service has approved a five-year U.S. Air Force plan for bombing practice at sea off Kauai. The plan reduces the munitions used and increases monitoring for impacts to whales and dolphins. Earthjustice attorney David Henkin, who previously ...

Hanabusa to challenge Ige in race for governor

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa plans to challenge Gov. David Ige in the race for governor. Hanabusa said Friday that she will file papers to establish a campaign committee. Her announcement pits two prominent Hawaii politicians against each other for the Democratic ...