Power company wants customers to pay for unused solar power
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui Electric Company is asking the state Public Utilities Commission to allow the utility to pass the cost — $155,000 — for 1.4 gigawatt hours of solar power that was produced but not used on to customers.
The Maui News
HONOLULU (AP) — A recent report says Hawaii consumers are buying fewer new vehicles.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a quarterly study by Hawaii Auto Outlook shows that ...
Lead cleanup planned for beach parks on Big Island
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two beach parks on the Big Island could reopen this summer after being closed in 2017 because of contamination, officials said.
Lead was found at Hakalau and Kolekole beach parks, which are located in gulches under state Highway 19 north of Hilo, the Hawaii ...
Big Island man ordered to pay $800K for hitting pedestrian
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island man has been ordered to pay more than $800,000 after he was convicted of hitting a runner while driving under the influence twice within a 24-hour period.
A judge determined Nicholas Martin, 70, was responsible for Robert LaMarca’s medical expenses ...
Mainlanders moving to Hawaii add to growing homelessness
HONOLULU (AP) — A new report from Hawaii’s largest homeless service provider says the number of people travelling to Oahu and then becoming homeless is growing.
Hawaii News Now
HONOLULU (AP) — Jack Purchase scored 23 points and hit five of Hawaii’s 13 3-pointers and the Rainbow Warriors never trailed in their 87-64 win over UC Riverside on Saturday night.
Purchase, who shot 8 of 12 from the field, came in tied with Zane Johnson atop the program’s career list for ...
Police investigate deaths of Kauai couple found on beaches
WAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai police have opened a homicide investigation after finding the bodies of a recently married couple on separate beaches.
It’s not clear how the two died.
Tia Obrero of Koloa was found on Kitchens Beach at around 6 a.m. Thursday. Preliminary evidence ...
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai officials are suing the owners of a vacation home, claiming they are violating county zoning ordinances for using the property as a short-term rental.
The Kauai County Planning Department filed the lawsuit last week, seeking to compel Greg and Joanne Allen to pay ...
Environmental groups sue Maui over replacement streetlights
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Two environmental groups are suing Maui officials over plans to replace about 4,800 streetlights with LED fixtures, claiming the new lights would threaten seabirds and sea turtles.
Environmental law organization Earthjustice filed the lawsuit this week on behalf of ...
HONOLULU (AP) _ Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HE) on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $50 million.
On a per-share basis, the Honolulu-based company said it had profit of 45 cents.
The the parent of Hawaii’s largest electricity generator posted revenue of $761.7 ...
Buggs scores 17 to carry Hawaii over Cal Poly 75-54
HONOLULU (AP) — Drew Buggs registered 17 points and eight assists as Hawaii rolled past Cal Poly 75-54 on Thursday night.
Dawson Carper had 15 points for Hawaii (15-9, 6-4 Big West Conference). Zigmars Raimo added 10 points. Jack Purchase had eight rebounds for the hosts.
Cal Poly ...
Hawaii health officials confirm 2 rat lungworm disease cases
HONOLULU (AP) — Two new cases of rat lungworm disease contracted in Hawaii have been confirmed, the state Department of Health said.
An adult vacationing on the northern side of the Big Island contracted the disease in December, marking the state’s ninth case of 2018, health officials ...
Winter wind causes minor damage to Big Island observatories
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Strong winds from a winter storm caused minor damage to at least two observatories on Hawaii’s tallest peak, officials said.
The Big Island summit of Mauna Kea recorded wind gusts of 191 mph (307 kph) late Sunday, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Ex-prosecutor, doctor released as siblings face opioid case
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii pain doctor and his former prosecutor sister were released on bond Wednesday while awaiting trial on charges they dealt opioids.
Dr. Rudolph Puana and his sister, former Honolulu deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, stood side by side as they pleaded not guilty to ...
The Latest: Hawaii doctor ordered released on bond
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on arraignment for a Hawaii pain doctor and his former prosecutor sister accused of dealing drugs (all times local):
A U.S. judge is allowing the release on bond of a Hawaii pain doctor accused of dealing opioids with his sister, a former Honolulu ...
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Southwest Airlines considers Las Vegas-Hawaii flights
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The chief executive of Southwest Airlines says the Dallas-based carrier is considering adding nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Hawaii.
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly says launching flights to Hawaii from four California cities is the airline’s priority this year, but adding ...
Owner plans to convert Honolulu offices into apartments
HONOLULU (AP) — The owner of a 25-story office building in downtown Honolulu plans to convert the tower into about 500 apartments with moderately priced rent.
Douglas Emmett Inc. announced the plans Tuesday, saying the changes would occur over multiple years as current tenants move out, ...
Southern Airways acquires Hawaii’s second-largest carrier
HONOLULU (AP) — Southern Airways has acquired Mokulele Airlines, adding flights in Hawaii and California to the commuter airline’s portfolio.
The airline announced Tuesday that it bought Hawaii’s second-largest carrier in a deal that closed last week, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Hawaii mountain gets share of ‘extreme winter conditions’
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — There’s snow in Hawaii, on the highest peak of the island of Maui.
But visitors will have to enjoy it from down below. The summit area of Haleakala National Park is closed because of “extreme winter conditions.”
Park officials said Tuesday that ...
Ex-prosecutor, brother hit with drug charges in Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses a former Honolulu city prosecutor of dealing opioids with her physician brother and using her position to cover up their crimes.
Katherine Kealoha, the wife of now-retired Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha, steered ...
World’s oldest known wild bird hatches chick on Midway Atoll
HONOLULU (AP) — The oldest known wild bird in the world has become a mother again at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. wildlife officials said.
The Laysan albatross named Wisdom hatched a chick earlier this month at the remote atoll northwest of Hawaii, the Honolulu ...
HONOLULU (AP) — Buildings at a shopping mall on Oahu have been renamed in the Hawaiian language amid a growing trend of Hawaii businesses adopting Hawaiian names.
The Pearlridge Shopping Center has adopted the name Wai Makai for its complex formerly known as Downtown after more than 20 ...
Snow slams Northwest again and even Hawaii gets some
SEATTLE (AP) — Schools closed across Washington state and the Legislature canceled all hearings Monday with winter snowstorms pummeling the Northwest again as a larger weather system wreaked havoc in the region and even brought snow to Hawaii.
Seattle’s metro area had already been hit by ...
Hawaii bankruptcy filings skyrocketed 40 pct last month
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The number of bankruptcy filings in Hawaii increased by more than 40 percent to 149 cases last month, marking the highest level for January in seven years, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records.
Last year’s 1,490 bankruptcy cases brought an end to the state’s ...
Man convicted for assaulting former Honolulu sportscaster
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii jury has convicted a 59-year-old man on a lesser charge in the death of a former Honolulu sportscaster.
Mark Coleman was found guilty last week of second-degree assault against John Noland, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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HONOLULU (AP) — A strong storm hitting Hawaii has knocked out power, brought down tree branches, flooded coastal roads — and even brought snow.
Snow is not unheard of in mountainous parts of the tropical island chain, but officials say the coating at 6,200 feet (1,900 meters) at a state ...
Strong storm pounds Hawaii’s northern shorelines
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials are warning about severe surf and winds in Hawaii as a winter storm hits that state.
The National Weather Service said gusts hit 40 mph (64 kph) in some areas, and authorities said residents on the islands’ north shores should be prepared for coastal flooding. ...
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have advanced a measure that would allow judges to prohibit people convicted of drunken driving from purchasing or publicly consuming alcohol for three years after their conviction.
The measure, introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Chris Lee, has yet to ...
Opponents speak out at spaceport meeting on Big Island
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Opponents of a proposed spaceport on the Big Island attended an open house this week as part of the project’s environmental assessment process.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on winter weather in parts of the U.S. (all times local):
8 p.m. Residents of the Pacific Northwest took to neighborhood hills with skis, sleds or even just laundry baskets Saturday to celebrate an unusual dump of snow in a region more accustomed to ...
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Elston Jones had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead UC Irvine to a 67-56 win over Hawaii on Saturday night, the Anteaters’ seventh straight victory.
Max Hazzard had 13 points for UC Irvine (21-5, 9-1 Big West Conference). Jonathan Galloway added 13 rebounds. Eyassu ...
Hawaii officials to auction 140-year-old Scottish ship
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials plan to auction a 140-year-old ship after repeated attempts to deliver it to its Scottish homeland failed.
The Falls of Clyde, the last surviving ship of a fleet named after Scottish waterfalls, will be on sale for the next three weeks, the Honolulu ...
Maui will pay $350K settlement to retired police captain
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui officials have agreed to pay $350,000 to a retired police captain who claimed in a federal lawsuit that she faced sex discrimination when she was passed over for a promotion.
The lawsuit filed in July 2016 was dismissed late last month after Mollie Klingman ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii court has ordered the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to follow the state law requiring all new single-family homes to have solar water heaters.
First Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Crabtree ruled this week that the law allows the ...
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Brocke Stepteau scored 23 points with five 3-pointers and Zigmars Raimo scored 14 with 10 rebounds and Hawaii beat Long Beach State 77-70 on Thursday night.
The Rainbow Warriors have won three of their last four.
Stepteau made a pair of foul shots and ...
HONOLULU (AP) — A judge on Thursday denied Hawaii’s move to compel Airbnb to hand over a decade of vacation rental receipts as the state examines whether hosts have been paying the equivalent of hotel and sales taxes.
Hawaii First Circuit Court Judge James Ashford said the state did not ...
Study: Number of registered guns in Hawaii unknown
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii does not have an accurate count of legally owned and registered guns, and there is no reliable way to find out how many are in the state, according to a state study.
The Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau study shows an average of 32 percent of all murders in the ...
Hawaii pidgin word added to Oxford English Dictionary
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii pidgin adjective for the phrase “messed up” has been listed in the Oxford English Dictionary.
The word hammajang was among the more than 600 new words and phrases added to the dictionary in December, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island man convicted in the 2016 rape of a woman has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
Samuel Latrik, 19, was sentenced Monday in 3rd Circuit Court after pleading guilty in November to charges that included sexual assault, assault and kidnapping, ...
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Female employees of a Kauai resort have added claims of sexual harassment and retaliation to their class-action lawsuit filed after a male co-worker was accused of recording women in the employee locker room.
Attorneys for the employees have filed an amended complaint ...
Hawaii: Airbnb has acknowledged hosts not paying all taxes
HONOLULU (AP) — A judge should compel Airbnb to hand over 10 years of receipts and other documents from its hosts to the state of Hawaii in part because the home-sharing platform has acknowledged that the hosts aren’t fully complying with state tax laws, a court filing said.
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines has completed a test flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu to demonstrate to federal aviation officials that it should be authorized to begin scheduled flights from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii.
In a statement, the Dallas-based airline said the ...
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Scientists in California are introducing a scale to measure “atmospheric rivers,” the weather phenomenon that can dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on the U.S. West Coast, carrying it through the air from as far away as Hawaii.
The Scripps Institution of ...
Users of Honolulu hygiene center increase over month
HONOLULU (AP) — The number of people using a hygiene center in Honolulu has steadily increased during closely one month of operation.
Daily users of the Punawai Rest Stop have grown from the eight people recorded on the facility’s first day last month to 174 last week, the Honolulu ...
Public meeting planned for launch facility on Big Island
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A public meeting has been scheduled for the satellite launch facility proposed by the Alaska-owned aerospace corporation for a site on the east side of the Big Island.
The meeting Wednesday in Hilo is part of the ongoing environmental assessment process for the project ...
Surfer suffers wounds in apparent shark bite on Kauai
HANALEI, Hawaii (AP) — Officials in Hawaii say a surfer has been bitten by a shark off Hanalei.
A statement released by the Kauai Fire Department says a man was surfing off Hanalei on Monday when he was apparently bitten by a tiger shark.
The man sustained lacerations to his leg and ...