It's rare for the federal government to seek the death penalty in a state like Hawaii that doesn't allow it. Only seven of 59 inmates currently on federal death row are from states that didn't have the death penalty at the time the sentence was imposed.
After deliberating for about two weeks in what's been described as Hawaii's biggest crystal methamphetamine case, jurors convicted a California man of a conspiracy to distribute 400 pounds of the drug to the islands.
Guests aboard a naval refueling ship thought they were going to see some drills and learn more about life as a Canadian sailor on the Pacific. Instead, they got a firsthand view of their loved ones in action as the sailors battled an engine fire.
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Because they know how miserable people are, warm-weather destinations in California, Arizona and Florida have stepped up their enticements. Trains and billboards in Chicago have been plastered with ads showing beaches and pool scenes.
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA » The state of Alaska has filed a petition to remove some North Pacific humpback whales from protections granted under the federal Endangered Species Act, saying the whales are thriving and no longer need them.
Screenwriter Eric Bercovici knew he was not the first choice to adapt "Shogun," the blockbuster 1975 novel by James Clavell about an English seaman marooned in 17th-century Japan. Bercovici, who worked on the Paramount lot, read the novel anyway.
JAKARTA, Indonesia » Indonesia is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays, after officials were persuaded by evidence that the gentle giants known for delighting tourists are worth more alive than dead.
Crimes such as pumping pool water into the ocean and dumping trash on roadsides would be prosecuted better if Hawaii establishes an environmental court, advocates and regulators told state lawmakers this week.
Weeks of slow, soaking rain are helping the grass grow again on the western slopes of Maui and Hawaii island, giving cattle ranchers hope they may at last escape a punishing drought brought on by years of below-normal rainfall.
Even though Hawaiian is one of the official languages of the state, residents won't be able to take driver's license exams in the language until next month.
The state Department of Transportation is preparing to make Hawaiian an exam language at the end of March.
Of all the ants in all the world, Hawaii had to get bitten by this one.
Hawaii lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill aiming to study and kill the little fire ant, a hard-stinging pipsqueak that threatens the state's economy and ecology.
There was something unusual about three mannequin heads found inside a UPS parcel being mailed from San Bernardino, Calif., to Hawaii: They each had two pounds of methamphetamine stuffed inside them, authorities said.
Lying to police who are investigating a crime would become at least a misdemeanor under a bill Hawaii lawmakers are advancing. Honolulu police officers told members of the House Public Safety Committee on Thursday that they support the measure because witnesses who mislead police can hamper investigations and can get innocent people thrown in jail.
Hawaii would exempt groceries and medical services from its general excise tax if bills advancing through the Legislature become law. Lawmakers heard a chorus of support Thursday from policy analysts, poverty advocates and the food industry for the proposal to stop taxing groceries.
One minute, Jennifer Jones was stopping to help the victims of a one-vehicle crash she witnessed while driving on the H-1 freeway. The next, she was a victim herself, after she says the driver of the wrecked SUV jumped into her car and sped off, leaving Jones on the side of the road with one of his injured passengers.
High sugar consumption might double the chance of dying from heart disease, according to a study that adds to evidence that high levels of the sweetener in processed foods and drink are bad for a person's health.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii law school Monday that the nation's highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II but that he wouldn't be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during a future conflict.
When Bruno Mars takes the stage at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., this chilly Sunday to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, in front of the biggest audience he's ever played to, he can take some solace that his set only needs to be about 12 minutes long.
Hawaii lawmakers want to swat down a pair of invasive pests: the coffee berry borer and the little fire ant. Despite their quaint names, the insects pose considerable threats to Hawaii's fragile environment.
With the arrival of today's deadline for lobbyists to report how much money supporters and opponents spent to influence Hawaii's same-sex marriage decision, critics say the state disclosure system is among the weakest in the nation and prevents a timely and complete tally.
SEOUL » As the Lunar New Year holiday approaches, Seoul's increasingly well-heeled residents are scouring store shelves for tastefully wrapped boxes of culinary specialties. Among their favorite choices: imported wines, choice cuts of beef, rare herbal teas. And Spam.
KIHEI, Hawaii » A surge in shark attacks on Maui over the past year, including two fatal ones, hasn't stopped people from surfing and swimming in the warm ocean waters that surround the Hawaiian Island.
WAILUKU » People using a new Maui transportation system for disabled riders complained to a County Council panel this week about long wait times, untrained drivers and the service's recently installed computer system.
WASHINGTON »Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October's partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.
LIHUE » A retired car dealer's medical ailment is delaying his sentencing for a Kauai dam breach that swept seven people to their deaths in 2006. James Pflueger told the Garden Island newspaper a leg condition is preventing him from traveling from Honolulu to Kauai for the sentencing, which was scheduled for next week.
KONA » From the moment the bill to ban genetically engineered crops on Hawaii island was introduced in May, it garnered more vocal support than any the County Council here had ever considered, even the perennially popular bids to decriminalize marijuana.
WAILUKU » A Hawaii man has filed a $300 million copyright infringement lawsuit, claiming the "Matrix" trilogy of science fiction films has striking similarities to his screenplay. Playwright Thomas Althouse of Maui claims 166 instances in the movies are similar to parts of his 1992 screenplay, "The Immortals."
CHICAGO » Icy, snow-covered roads and high winds made travel treacherous Sunday from the Dakotas and Michigan to Missouri as much of the nation braced for the next winter wallop: a dangerous cold that could break records.
President Barack Obama is planning his return to Washington after two weeks in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. White House officials say that the president and his family expect to depart Hawaii tonight.
WASHINGTON » President Barack Obama has called Hawaii his refuge, and so it has been throughout his political life. In 2006, Obama used the family Christmas holiday there to decide whether to run for president. For the past two weeks, he has been recharging on Oahu after an unpleasant year in the job.
Karen Baylis, a visitor from British Columbia, said she saw three men trying to lift the beached whale back into the ocean at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Baylis was sitting on the balcony of a nearby condominium with her nephew and rushed down to help the men.
President Barack Obama stepped away from the seclusion of his quiet Hawaii vacation for what's become a Christmas tradition: paying tribute to U.S. troops and the sacrifices their families make during the holidays and throughout the year.
Though he's been crippled by a stroke and needs a wheelchair, 68-year-old Joseph is the primary caregiver for his wife, who hasn't been able to eat, talk or move independently for almost 30 years since suffering a series of incapacitating strokes.
The wreckage of a plane that crashed off Molokai was brought to Honolulu Harbor on Wednesday. Makani Kai Air owner Richard Schuman said a salvage dive team was able to recover the plane's single engine.
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa says she expects more lawmakers and others to begin thinking about the United States refocusing on the Asia-Pacific region in terms of economics and other issues besides national defense.
SAN DIEGO » Environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Monday against the National Marine Fisheries Service to demand it force the Navy to consider alternatives to its five-year plan that will intensify its sonar use off Southern California and Hawaii.
American Savings Bank executive Jennifer Capps Cook made a point of flying in from her Kauai office just to wrap Christmas presents for needy families with several colleagues Friday at the downtown Honolulu branch.
Miley Cyrus twerked her way to the top of the charts, and Justin Timberlake returned to music after a seven-year hiatus, but another artist owned music in 2013: Bruno Mars. Billboard announced Friday that the pop crooner is the year's top overall artist.
What it's about: As ceremonies close out a Dec. 7 memorial at Pearl Harbor, an aging wheelchair-bound veteran begins to leave when he is approached by another vet armed with an old military-issue service pistol.
When President Barack Obama marched into the White House briefing room with his Hawaii birth certificate in April 2011, he said, "I know that there's going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest."
Melissa Ha‘o, a diabetic with severe circulation disorders, has hobbled around with a cast for the past year. She should be on crutches or in a wheelchair to allow her left foot to heal from a degenerative tissue problem, but then she wouldn't be able to chase around after her energetic toddler.
Herb Weatherwax cruises the open-air grounds of the Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor on a motorized scooter dubbed "Herb's Hot Rod." When a woman notices his blue-and-white cap embroidered with the words "Pearl Harbor Survivor," he coaxes her over.
A North Carolina man will stand trial in Honolulu on charges he scammed the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 in a failed concert that was supposed to feature Stevie Wonder, a federal judge ruled Monday.
The backyard is cluttered with chicken coops, a few crowing roosters tethered by the leg, and a barking dog that doesn't welcome so much company. This is where Malissaann Benitez and husband Randall Alberto usually hang out with their four young children.
Having a feisty 6-year-old stepdaughter with asthma involves constant worry over her health and paying medical bills, but Jeremy Fortunato treasures the experience. "It's my 24-hour-a-day worry, to make sure she's all right," he said.
A rarely seen dolphin that lives in deep waters off Hawaii washed ashore on Maui last weekend. The 9-foot-long, 800-pound male Risso's dolphin was found dead on a rocky shoreline near Paia, Hawaii Pacific University biology professor Kristi West said Thursday.
NEW YORK » In Michigan and Alaska you're expected to leave snowy boots in the mudroom before going inside. In Hawaii and in many countries like Japan, you wouldn't dream of entering a home with your shoes on, regardless of the weather.
Attorneys for a 33-year-old man's family who claimed his toe infection turned deadly because of negligent treatment at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center said a $2.5 million settlement has been reached.
MANILA » One of the strongest storms on record has killed more than 100 people and injured another 100 in the central Philippines as it wiped away buildings and leveled seaside homes before sweeping west toward Vietnam today, still packing destructive winds.
KAILUA-KONA » The University of Hawaii is asking state officials to extend leases that allow telescopes on Mauna Kea for another 45 years, through 2078. West Hawaii Today reported Thursday that the state Board of Land and Natural Resources plans to consider the request Friday in Honolulu.
The Senate pushed a major anti-bias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle Monday, a clear sign of Americans' greater acceptance of homosexuality nearly two decades after a law prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
A North Carolina man accused of scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 in a botched Stevie Wonder concert can't get a fair trial in the Aloha State because of negative publicity over what's been dubbed the "Wonder Blunder," according to his motion seeking a venue change.
Maui District Health Office program chief Patti Kitkowski told the Maui News in an article published Sunday that the county has only three inspectors. They’re responsible for looking after more than 1,700 registered food establishments, as well as vendors who sell food on weekends or at special events.
OKLAHOMA CITY » Darren Black Bear hasn't thought too much about his upcoming nuptials. Maybe khaki pants, and he doesn't mind if guests show up in Halloween costumes even though the wedding will be a rare sight: He and his partner are getting legally married in Oklahoma even though the state bans same-sex marriage.
Evan Dobelle would have stepped down as president of Westfield State University in Massachusetts last week if trustees had agreed to let him take a paid sabbatical and return as a tenured professor in the fall, say several people briefed on the private negotiations.
Designer Ari South's appearance on "Project Runway All-Stars" Season 3 was short-lived. South was the first to exit the show's debut episode, "Punked," on Thursday, with a challenge to create an ensemble inspired by fashion's punk trend.
What do you think of House Speaker Joe Souki’s reprimand to Rep. Faye Hanohano for her “unacceptable” conduct?
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Underground art went wildly public Feb. 8-15 on the streets of Kakaako, where more than 100 local and international street artists installed a colorful splash of murals across area buildings and walls, while also gathering throughout the week for art-focused lecture series, films and a block party – a movement known as Pow! Wow! Read More »