HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii should freeze undergraduate tuition and lower costs for some graduate students, its president says.
University President David Lassner has submitted...
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Legislation meant to protect Hawaii's shark population was altered at the 11th hour to remove the apex predators from the bill amid concerns from the scientific...
Black hole named ‘Powehi’ by Hawaii university professor
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A language professor has given a Hawaiian name — Powehi — to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment.
University of Hawaii student dies after workout
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say an 18-year-old University of Hawaii student has died after he collapsed during a workout at the recreation center on the Manoa campus.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Some have voiced concerns about the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory potentially moving off of the Big Island to Oahu.
The Observatory confirmed last week that Oahu is one...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — State lawmakers have determined widespread cuts at the University of Hawaii will not be necessary.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports State Democratic Sen. Donna Mercado...
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii has warned that proposed budget reductions by the Hawaii Legislature would result in the elimination of hundreds of positions.
Judge allows Mauna Kea management lawsuit to continue
HONOLULU (AP) — A judge is allowing the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to continue its lawsuit over the University of Hawaii's management of Mauna Kea.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Officials at the University of Hawaii at Hilo expect freshman enrollment to increase this fall after seeing growth in the number of student applicants and...
University of Hawaii board defers action on tuition cut plan
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii's board has deferred action on the school administration's proposal to reduce tuition rates at its 10 campuses and keep those fees steady for several years.
University officials proposed cutting tuition for the next school year and freezing it through the 2022-23 school year.
University of Hawaii proposes tuition reduction, freeze
HONOLULU (AP) — University of Hawaii officials have proposed reducing tuition for the next school and freezing it through the 2022-23 school year.
The proposal would reverse previously approved tuition increases amid concerns about the university's affordability for Hawaii residents.
Under the proposal, tuition at the Manoa campus for state residents would drop by 2 percent, decreasing undergraduate tuition to $11,088 and graduate tuition to $15,600. Other campuses would see 1 percent decreases.
Obama launches Asia-Pacific leadership program in Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — The Obama Foundation is launching an Asia-Pacific leadership program with a series of workshops in Hawaii for 22 emerging leaders.
The leaders selected for the conference being held on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa this week come from 16 countries and territories, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.
University of Hawaii at Hilo plans aeronautical program
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The University of Hawaii at Hilo has been cleared to launch a four-year degree program in aeronautical science.
Hawaiian-language version of ‘Moana’ to be given to schools
HONOLULU (AP) — The 2016 Disney film "Moana" re-recorded in the Hawaiian language will be given to every accredited school across Hawaii.
The Hawaiian-language version of the animated film premiered in Hawaii over the summer following a yearlong effort by University of Hawaii faculty and students, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported this week.
Opponents vow to continue fighting giant telescope project
HONOLULU (AP) — Opponents of a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest mountain have vowed to keep fighting even after the legal battle over the $1.4 billion project appears to have ended.
‘Super coral’ scientist dies in Hawaii at age 56
HONOLULU (AP) — Pioneering coral reef scientist Ruth Gates, who dedicated much of her career to saving the world's fragile and deteriorating underwater reef ecosystems, has died. She was 56.
Gates died in Honolulu on Thursday, the University of Hawaii said Tuesday. The researcher, also the president of the International Society for Reef Studies, was diagnosed with brain cancer in May and had been on medical leave since.
Hawaii plans veterans home on former Aiea Sugar Mill site
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is seeking to build a $70 million veterans home on part of the former Aiea Sugar Mill site owned by Honolulu, prompting criticism from community leaders.
The state Office of Veterans' Services announced the plan earlier this month to construct the 120-bed facility on land the city bought 16 years ago intending to support preservation of the area's plantation heritage, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.
Survey: Big Island farmers lost $28M because of volcano
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A survey of Big Island farmers has found that they suffered nearly $28 million in damages because of the months-long eruption earlier this year of the Kilauea volcano, the Hawaii Tribune Herald reported.
The survey of 46 farmers by University of Hawaii's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources found they collectively lost an estimated $27.9 million in destroyed property, the newspaper reported.
Guam pushes for native-only vote on US relationship
HONOLULU (AP) — The question before a panel of U.S. appeals court judges: Should non-native residents of Guam have a say in the territory's future relationship with the United States?
Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals were at the University of Hawaii's law school Wednesday to listen to arguments in an appeal of a federal judge's 2017 ruling that says limiting the vote to those who are considered native inhabitants of the island is unconstitutional.
Report: Hawaii construction spending expected to reach $9B
HONOLULU (AP) — Construction spending across Hawaii is expected to reach a decade high of $9 billion this year despite last year's projections of spending leveling out, according to an economic report.
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.
Experts troubled by Hawaii’s tourism-dependent economy
HONOLULU (AP) — Experts are troubled by the Hawaiian economy's growing dependence on tourism.
Almost all the growth in the state's economy remains in tourism, meaning that Hawaii's economy is relying more on the mainland's economy, according to a report titled "Hawaii's Growth Down, but Not Out," from the University of Hawaii's Economic Research Organization.
Researchers looked at economic data for the first six months of this year, Hawaii News Now reported Friday.
Survey: Hawaii loses 51 doctors as shortage continues
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lost 51 full-time doctors over the last year, continuing a physician shortage across the state, according to a workforce survey.
The latest physician workforce survey by the University of Hawaii shows the state has about 2,900 full-time doctors, about 800 doctors short of the number needed across all specialties.
Hawaii Supreme Court grants sublease for giant telescope
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii Supreme Court ruling is a partial victory for a company that wants to build a giant telescope, but the embattled project still faces another legal hurdle.
The court's Wednesday ruling prevents a telescope opponent from having a contested-case hearing over the state land board's decision to allow the University of Hawaii to sublease mountaintop land to telescope builders.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in an appeal that could determine whether an embattled multi-nation telescope project can be built on a mountain Native Hawaiians consider sacred or have to move to a backup site in Spain's Canary Islands that's less desirable to scientists hoping to use the instrument for groundbreaking discoveries.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which won't say if they are reviewing those connections or whether any concerns were raised about him.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on several U.S. universities with ties to a now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct at Ohio State University (all times local):
The University of Hawaii says it has found no record of complaints against a now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct at Ohio State, but the school is still looking into his time there.
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is the leader in a groundbreaking national study that found that early-stage breast cancer patients with the most common form of the disease do not benefit from chemotherapy.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Board of Education has adopted the national Computer Science Teachers Association's K-12 Computer Science Standards, joining a growing national movement.
The board, Legislature and the University of Hawaii have taken action to increase computer science programs in schools in response to positive feedback by students, The Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Legislature has announced that a $300,000 allocation will be included in the state budget to fund rat lungworm disease research at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Lawmakers on Friday announced the funding for programs related to the prevention and eradication of rat lungworm disease, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
HONOLULU (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced Thursday to two months in jail and four months home confinement for his role in scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 for a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened.
The university paid a $200,000 deposit in 2012 and began selling tickets before learning that neither Wonder nor his representatives authorized a show. The scam, dubbed the "Wonder Blunder," humiliated the university and prompted investigations.
HONOLULU (AP) — A man who lied to the University of Hawaii about his ability to get Stevie Wonder to play at a fundraiser concert was sentenced Friday to nearly five years in prison.
HONOLULU (AP) — Sentencing has been postponed again for a North Carolina man who prosecutors say scammed the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 by lying about his ability to secure Stevie Wonder for a fundraiser concert.
Marc Hubbard was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but his defense attorney, William Harrison, asked for time to review Hubbard's pre-sentence report prepared by probation officials.
The Latest: Sentencing postponed Hawaii concert scam
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a man who prosecutors say scammed the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 for a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened (all times local):
Sentencing has been postponed again for a man who pleaded guilty in a Stevie Wonder concert scam.
HONOLULU (AP) — A former University of Hawaii football player helped rescue a woman whose car plunged into the ocean.
Aaron Kia said he and his wife were inside their home Monday night when they saw a vehicle fly into the air off Kamehameha Highway and crash right side up into the ocean.
Kia said he and a neighbor ran across the street to pull the 43-year-old woman out of her car while his wife called 911. The two kept her talking until paramedics arrived.
Judge: Guilty plea in Hawaii concert scam stands
HONOLULU (AP) — A North Carolina man will not be allowed to take back his guilty plea to scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 for a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened, a judge ruled Monday.
HONOLULU (AP) — A man who admitted lying about his ability to secure Stevie Wonder for a University of Hawaii fundraising concert said in court documents that he pleaded guilty because he feared prosecutors would reveal his cooperation against East Coast mobsters.
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii at Manoa failed to fully comply with federal law when handling student reports of sexual harassment and assault, according to a federal review.
The university on Friday announced it had reached a voluntary resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, promising to improve its procedures, organizational structure and resources.
Man who admitted Hawaii concert scam wants plea change
HONOLULU (AP) — A North Carolina man who admitted defrauding the University of Hawaii of $200,000 by lying about being able to produce a Stevie Wonder fundraiser concert wants to take back his guilty plea, but a prosecutor said Thursday he could risk more jail time if he succeeds and is eventually convicted.
Marc Hubbard had been scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Honolulu Thursday but filed a motion to withdraw his plea a day earlier.
The Latest: Hawaii concert scam sentencing postponed
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a man who wants to take back his guilty plea for a Hawaii concert scam (all times local):
Sentencing has been postponed for a North Carolina man who admitted defrauding the University of Hawaii of $200,000 by lying about being able to produce a Stevie Wonder fundraiser concert.
Protesters take down flags at Maui College
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A group of Native Hawaiians and students seized the flags on the campus of the University of Hawaii Maui College to protest the American flag flying above the Hawaii flag.
The Maui News reports more than 15 people participated in the Wednesday protest, prompting action from school officials.
Hawaii’s only public hyperbaric treatment center reopens
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's only public means of treatment for divers with decompression sickness has reopened after closing in October due to a physician coverage shortage.
KITV-TV reports the University of Hawaii at Manoa last week reopened its hyperbaric treatment center that provides around-the-clock services.
Warrant dropped for professor who spoke Hawaiian in court
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A judge dropped an arrest warrant Thursday for a University of Hawaii professor who refused to respond in court to English and spoke Hawaiian instead.
The Latest: Warrant nixed for professor who spoke Hawaiian
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on an arrest warrant issue for a professor who spoke Hawaiian in court (all times local):
A judge is recalling an arrest warrant his issued for a University of Hawaii professor who spoke Hawaiian in court.
Hawaii's judiciary says Maui District Court Judge Blaine Kobayashi on Thursday issued an order recalling the bench warrant for Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo.
New survey spotlights sexual harassment of Hawaii students
HONOLULU (AP) — About 9 percent of University of Hawaii students reported being sexually harassed on or off campus, according to a 2017 survey.
The survey released on Monday was given to students between Jan. 20 and Feb. 20 at all 10 of the university's campuses.
It was the first survey at the university to ask students about their on-campus as well as off-campus experiences.
University of Hawaii at West Oahu receives $2.7M grant
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii at West Oahu has received a $2.7 million grant to help students in postsecondary education.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports U.S. Department of Education gave the university the money under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.
Medical school hosts first seminar on medical marijuana
HONOLULU (AP) — The medical school at the University of Hawaii held its first seminar on medical marijuana with a panel of doctors and lawyers discussing the drug and the regulations governing its use.
Office of Hawaiian Affairs sues over Mauna Kea management
HONOLULU (AP) — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has filed a lawsuit against the State of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii, claiming longstanding mismanagement of the state's tallest peak.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday asks the court to order the state to fulfill its trust obligations relating to Mauna Kea and terminate the university's general lease for the mountain for breach of the lease's terms.
Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano that rises 13,802 feet (4,207 meters) above sea level.
LIHUE — Water levels in November could be five inches higher than usual during the highest tides of the year, according to University of Hawaii experts.
That’s from scientists at the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Center for Coastal and Climate Science and Resilience at the University of Hawaii Sea Level Center, who have been monitoring water levels with the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System.
LIHUE — Disney is seeking Hawaiian-language speakers to star in a movie.
Walt Disney Animation Studios is collaborating with the University of Hawaii to produce a Hawaiian-language version of the hit feature “Moana.”
Casting for additional roles within the new version will begin in the next few weeks, according to a UH news release.
The Annie Award-winning star of Moana, Native Hawaiian Auli‘i Cravalho, reprises her role as the main character for the Hawaiian version.