California man sentenced for child sex assault in Hawaii
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A California man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child while visiting Hawaii last year.
Hawaii refuge provides new home for Albatross chicks
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A wildlife refuge on the Hawaiian island of Oahu has provided a new home for endangered albatross chicks.
Researchers recently moved 25 chicks to the James Campbell...
Kauai man charged with rape pleads guilty to assault
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Kauai man charged with rape and kidnapping has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree assault.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii man accused of stabbing his mother to death inside a Kauai bank has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Kauai officials sue vacation home owners for rental fines
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 $130,000 in fines, The Garden Island reported .
Kauai resort employees amend lawsuit over locker room videos
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.
Carcass of young humpback whale washes up on Kauai beach
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Officials are investigating the death of a young humpback whale that washed up on a Kauai beach.
Kekaha resident Kevin Rogers told the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the carcass after finding it during a Monday morning beach walk, The Garden Island reported .
The nearly 10-foot (3-meter) whale carcass was covered in wounds, Rogers said.
Postal Service will keep open historic Kauai post office
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A historic post office on Kauai will remain open after the U.S. Postal Service reversed a decision to shut it down.
The service had announced its decision to close the Lihue Post Office in December 2017, prompting hundreds of letters and coconuts to be sent to the service in support of keeping the post office open.
Dog killing endangered Hawaii bird leads to assault arrest
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A woman walking with her dog on northern Kauai was assaulted after her heeler-mix killed an endangered Hawaii bird, authorities said.
Paulina Ann Ka'aumoana was walking near the Princeville Golf Course on Monday when her unleashed 19-year-old dog killed a baby nene, The Garden Island reported .
Hawaii plans to extend trial run of Kauai pig hunting
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials are planning to issue additional permits and extend the six-month trial period of pig hunting in a mountain area on Kauai.
The state had issued permits to 39 hunters, resulting in 13 feral pigs being harvested from Nounou Mountain during the trial hunt that ran through November, The Garden Island reported Thursday.
Aggressive form of tree-killing disease found on Kauai
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Scientists have discovered on Kauai the more aggressive form of a fungal pathogen that kills trees native to Hawaii.
Lab results confirmed last week the more aggressive strain of rapid ohia death, which has affected more than 210 square miles (546 square kilometers) of Big Island forest since it was discovered more than four years ago.
Kauai officials agree to $1M settlement in man’s death
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai officials have agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a man who died after being hit by a police cruiser.
The family of 19-year-old Michael Kocher Jr. reached a settlement last month with Kauai County, which also agreed to place a plaque in honor of Kocher at a park near his family's home in Eleele, The Garden Island reported .
California woman drowns at dangerous Kauai spot Queen’s Bath
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Rescuers over the weekend called off their search for a California woman swept out to sea from a picturesque but dangerous spot on Kauai's north shore.
The Garden Island newspaper reported 23-year-old Yayun Cheng was the seventh drowning victim in Kauai this year.
California woman drowns at dangerous Kauai spot Queen’s Bath
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Rescuers have called off their search for a California woman swept out to sea from a picturesque but dangerous spot on Kauai's north shore.
The Garden Island newspaper reported 23-year-old Yayun Cheng is Kauai's seventh drowning for the year.
Hawaii rapid ohia tree-killing disease spreads on Kauai
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A fungal pathogen that kills trees native to Hawaii has been discovered in two more areas on Kauai.
Three more trees have tested positive for rapid ohia death after it was found for the first time on the island in 14 trees in the Moloaa Forest Reserve in early May, The Garden Island reported .
Kauai skydivers jump after pilot reports mechanical issue
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The pilot of a skydiving plane made an emergency landing on Kauai after telling the two pairs of tandem parachutists to jump out, authorities said.
The plane's operator Skydive Kauai issued a mayday call Monday morning after the pilot reported mechanical issues at 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above Hanapepe, the Kauai Fire Department said.
The pilot then told the two instructors and two jumpers to exit the aircraft.
Endangered seabirds tagged to track off-island activities
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Officials have tagged nine Newell's shearwater chicks on Kauai, aiming to gain insight into what happens when the young seabirds leave the island for the ocean.
Kauai looks to strike balance between resources and tourism
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — With record-breaking visitor numbers and a string of natural disasters to recover from, state and county officials are looking to find a balance for overwhelmed land and infrastructure on Kauai.
Part-time Kauai resident to pay $40K for nene killings
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A part-time Kauai resident must pay more than $40,000 in fines for shooting and killing four of Hawaii's endangered state birds with pellet gun.
Kauai prosecutors say an investigation by state and U.S. agencies showed that 72-year-old Steven Cookson shot four Hawaiian geese called nene (neh-neh) near his home in Kukuiula (koo-koo-EE'-oo-lah), a luxury resort development.
Man sentenced in sex assaults of 2 women, child on Kauai
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A man convicted of sexually assaulting two women and a child on Kauai was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Jesse Korn, 27, was sentenced Wednesday after he pleaded no contest to kidnapping and three sexual assault charges, The Garden Island reported .
Hawaii man charged in mother’s death declared fit for trial
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii man accused of stabbing his mother to death while she was working at a bank on Kauai has been declared fit for trial.
Louis Landsman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Charlene Landsman, 69, in May, The Garden Island reported .
Researchers study links between reforestation and culture
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Researchers are looking into a reforestation method that may restore the cultural connection and natural balance of native forests.
The approach incorporates the traditional relationship the Hawaiian community has with forests instead of just looking to restore ecological health to an area, the Garden Island reported Sunday.
Friday night games on Kauai to move for fledgling season
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Friday night lights will shine for high school football games on Kauai through September, but the games will move to Saturday afternoons during the rest of a seabird's fledgling season.
Hawaii man sentenced in 2016 crime spree on Kauai
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii man who went a one-day crime spree on Kauai after escaping a correctional facility was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.
Walter Mills, 45, was sentenced Tuesday for the Nov. 3, 2016 crimes that included robberies of a bank and a pharmacy, The Garden Island reported .
Couple found dead in Kauai home following police standoff
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A man and a woman were found dead inside a Kauai home following a standoff that began when the man called police reporting gunshots, police said.
The 53-year-old man died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the 50-year-old woman died after being shot, the Kauai Police Department said.
Authorities have not made public the identities of the man and woman, who were believed to be married. Autopsies were pending.
1 death from Hawaii storm Lane reported on Kauai
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Officials are reporting the first death associated with a powerful storm that initially threatened Hawaii as a hurricane and later weakened to a tropical depression.
Kauai County officials said Wednesday firefighters pulled the body of a 30-year-old man from a Koloa stream. Police identified him as local resident Joshua Bradbury.
Alabama man fined for touching endangered Hawaiian monk seal
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — An Alabama man was fined $1,500 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal as well as harassing a sea turtle on Kauai, and then posting the videos on social media.
Hawaii revises rules to rabies quarantine program for pets
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii has revised its rules for the rabies quarantine program that aims to prevent the introduction of the virus into the state.
Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, this week signed off on the revision, which reduces the waiting periods for pets complying with the 5 Day or Less Rabies Quarantine Program, The Garden Island reported . The new rules go into effect next week.
Hawaii salt makers working to save cultural practice
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Families that harvest salt from salt beds in Kauai fear current conditions in the unincorporated community of Hanapepe and climate change are threatening their important cultural practice.
Ku'ulei Santos, vice president of the salt-makers' board, told the Garden Island that the salt production that her family has done for generations is unique, but recently the area around the salt beds has been developed without the consideration of the salt makers.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Kauai utility is seeking to pay developers and eventually power subscribers for the renewable energy they generate and support.
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative sent out a request for proposals last week looking for developers who want to build a renewable energy facility, The Garden Island reported .
Fire strikes resort already devastated by flooding
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii beachfront resort already ravaged by flooding and landslides saw a fire destroy a single-story building on the property.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A 21-year-old Hawaii man has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the 2016 killing of a Kauai man.
Koma Kekoa Texeira was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Jon Togioka following a two-week trial in March.
Texeira, who was convicted of previous felonies, also was found guilty of use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony and prohibited possession of a firearm.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai's mayor is considering lifting a ban on legal transient vacation rentals on the flood-ravaged north shore if owners agree to house some of the families displaced by severe flooding and landslides.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii developer will be able to lay groundwork for a resort in Kauai, ending court dealings in a lengthy property dispute.
Circuit Court Chief Judge Randall Valenciano ruled in favor of Coco Palms Hui LLC, owned by Chad Waters and Tyler Greene, paving the way for the company to file permits and eye the rebuild of the Coco Palms resort hotel, The Garden Island reported on Friday.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Scientists are asking for help in tracking endangered green sea turtles that have begun retuning to Hawaii after their annual trip northwest for breeding and nesting.
The Garden Island reports National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration biologists stationed in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have been marking the sea turtles' shells with numbers since April.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii man charged with stabbing to death his mother while she was working at a bank on Kauai last month has pleaded not guilty.
Louis Landsman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Charlene Landsman, 69, the Garden Island reported .
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The first monk seal pup born in Hawaii this year is a female.
The pup has already been weaned and is learning to forage for her own food on the south side of Kauai, The Garden Island reported Thursday.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Kauai man will spend the next decade in prison for the 2006 death of his wife.
Darren Galas, 46, was sentenced to 10 years Wednesday after pleading no contest in January to a felony assault charge.
Sandra Galas, 27, was found strangled in the garage of her Eleele home on Kauai in January 2006. Her estranged husband was the prime suspect, but police didn't have enough evidence to arrest him at the time, authorities said.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed in a Virginia federal court against the developers and architect rebuilding the Coco Palms Hotel in Hawaii.
The suit filed in late March by Virginia resident Ruthann Caudill, president of the Jacob Broom Society, cites alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act, desecration of graves and the prevention of religious freedom, The Garden Island reported .
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The directors of a Hawaii preschool severely damaged by flooding are finding hope through an online GoFundMe campaign.
Ashley and David Guerrero, co-directors of the Aloha School Early Learning Center on Kauai's North Shore, are working to raise $37,500 on the crowdsourcing site to repair damage and reopen as soon as possible.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Beaches and other areas on Kauai that smell like sewage may be showing signs of contamination, according to Hawaii health officials.
Southwest Airlines plans service to 4 Hawaii airports
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Southwest Airlines says it intends to offer flights to four Hawaii airports.
Hawaii community continues to recover following flood
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Recovery efforts continue to help some Hawaii residents get back on their feet following a devastating flood.
About 30 community leaders from Kauai's North Shore met Saturday to discuss relief efforts and allocate donations and services to areas where they are most needed after last weekend's flooding, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii authorities have arrested a man suspected of demanding money from people who needed help during severe flooding on Kauai island.
The man is accused of taking advantage of residents and visitors who were stranded during the weekend's historic rain and flood, Hawaii News Now reported Thursday.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai police have seen an increase in the use of black tar heroin over the last two years.
The Kauai Police Department seized less than a gram of black tar heroin in 2015. But in 2017, the department seized a total of 526 grams, the Garden Island reported Sunday.
The department has already amassed 80.8 grams this year, said Bryson Ponce, Kauai Police Department's Investigative Services Bureau assistant chief.
US agency, Kauai seed company settle on pesticide violations
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Syngenta Seeds LLC to resolve federal pesticide violations at the company's farm on Kauai.
Under the agreement reached Monday, Syngenta will pay a civil penalty of $150,000. The company also will spend $400,000 on 11 worker protection training sessions for agricultural workers in Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Authorities to help remove Coco Palms property occupiers
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Public Safety said it will help remove a group of people who are occupying the Coco Palms property on Kauai.
The deadline for activists to vacate the land was on Sunday, but the occupiers remained on sight as recently as Tuesday, Hawaii News Now reported .
Health department ends Hanalei cesspool upgrade program
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health withdrew a program aimed at helping Hanalei residents upgrade their sanitation systems.
The department pulled the plug on the program one day after Hanalei was identified as one of 14 priority areas where cesspool upgrades are critically needed to protect public health, the Garden Island reported Thursday.
Report cites ‘loss of control’ in fatal Kauai plane crash
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says the defining event in a crash that killed five people aboard a skydiving flight on Kauai was "loss of control in flight."
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the safety board's report on the May 23, 2016, crash was released earlier this month.
Hawaii judge dismisses lawsuit against seed company, board
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A judge in Hawaii dismissed a lawsuit that sought an environmental review of the actions by a seed company operating on the island of Kauai.
Environmental groups filed a lawsuit after the state Board of Land and Natural Resources in February consolidated two parcels of land leased by Syngenta under a single revocable permit, The Garden Island reported .