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Unsealed documents show Katherine Kealoha’s secret deal with a drug defendant

Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha gave a favorable plea deal to a woman charged with distributing cocaine near schools and public parks while both were being represented by the same lawyer, according to recently unsealed state court records. Read More
Updated on  June 18, 2018 at 9:46 pm

State settles for $10 million in special-education lawsuit

The state agreed to pay $10.25 million to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the Hawaii Disability Rights Center and the parents and legal guardians of special-needs students whose public education was cut off at age 20 instead of 22 by a 2010 state law. Read More
Updated on  June 16, 2018 at 11:35 pm

Aunt of girl who starved to death sues state

Shaelynn Alohalani Haleaka Lehano-Stone died at Hilo Medical Center on June 28, 2016, a few hours after she was found unconscious in a Kinoole Street apartment. Read More

Defendant charged with trafficking women bribed witnesses, feds say

• Updated on  June 12, 2018 at 3:46 pm
Former Delaware death row inmate Isaiah McCoy has been in custody at the Federal Detention Center since his arrest in January for sex trafficking. Read More


The Honolulu Star-Advertiser strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Marsha McFadden, managing editor/news, at 529-4759 or email city editors at Read More
Updated on  June 11, 2018 at 10:43 pm

Ige signs bill in memory of Nanakuli football player

Gov. David Ige signed into law Sunday a bill that authorizes state judges to double the prison terms of people convicted of first-degree negligent homicide when the offender also flees the scene of the accident. Read More
Updated on  June 10, 2018 at 10:26 pm

Suspected hit-and-run driver charged in freeway crash

Steven Headington, 42, the accused driver of a pickup truck from which a man fell from the bed during a crash on the H-1 freeway last month, is charged with fleeing the scene of a fatal accident and operating a stolen vehicle. Read More
Updated on  June 10, 2018 at 10:28 pm

Accountant pleads no contest to stealing $7M from nonprofit

• Updated on  June 6, 2018 at 10:26 pm
Staff members and clients of The Arc in Hawaii, a nonprofit organization that provides services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, packed a state courtroom Wednesday to hear Lola Jean Amorin plead no contest to two counts of first-degree theft, two counts of computer fraud, money laundering and 13 tax evasion charges. Read More

Accountant pleads no contest to stealing nearly $7M from Oahu non-profit

• Updated on  June 6, 2018 at 2:51 pm
Lola Jean Amorin, 70, pleaded no contest in state court this morning to two counts of first-degree theft, two counts of computer fraud, money laundering and 13 counts of tax evasion. Read More

Man who fired shot through door charged with manslaughter

Gregory Allen Farr was sleeping in his living room when he was awakened by the barks of the family dog, Deputy Prosecutor Wilson Unga told a state judge Tuesday. Read More
Updated on  June 5, 2018 at 10:56 pm

Suspect arrested in beating of Japanese tourists

• Updated on  June 4, 2018 at 3:40 pm
A 20-year-old man arrested for allegedly beating two Japanese tourists in a Kakaako park bathroom is charged with two counts of first-degree assault. Read More

3 tour companies settle lawsuit for $570K

Three tour companies have agreed to pay $570,000 to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit. Read More
Updated on  May 31, 2018 at 12:53 am

Unruly passenger diverts Fiji flight to Honolulu

The FBI says the pilot of a Fiji Airways flight from Los Angeles was forced to divert the aircraft to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport this weekend after a passenger threatened to kill everyone and punched another passenger. Read More
Updated on  May 29, 2018 at 10:45 pm

State Supreme Court upholds use tax

• Updated on  May 21, 2018 at 10:18 pm
CompUSA had challenged the state’s use tax as unconstitutional since it applies only to out-of-state sellers. Read More

Green endorsed by HSTA, carpenters union

The Hawaii State Teachers Association and the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters are endorsing Democrat Josh Green to be the state’s next lieutenant governor. Read More
Updated on  May 20, 2018 at 10:28 pm