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Hawaii News

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Japan's defense minister has arrived in Hawaii to meet senior U.S. military officials this week. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani laid a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial on Monday and was given a tour of a ballistic missile defense radar system and a guided missile cruiser at Pearl Harbor.

Krystle and Levi Otholt were living out of their van with two young children when they found out she was pregnant last year, and their stress level jumped through the roof. It was rough raising kids on the streets, but an infant would make it even harder.

In an unusual alliance, a House Democrat and Republican have teamed up to urge the Obama administration to stop trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad and focus all its efforts on destroying Islamic State militants.

Hokule‘a crew members marked the halfway point of their three-year journey around the planet by honoring a different kind of navigator — one who helped change his country by advocating for human rights.

Driving people around to do their errands and volunteering at church keep Lenora Ching’s mind off her aching back, and warms her heart with satisfaction.

As the world reeled Saturday from violence in Paris, an unlikely mix of Hawaiian voyagers, South Africans and an acclaimed Nobel Peace Prize winner celebrated all they had in common despite living on opposite sides of the earth.

Hillary Rodham Clinton has secured the support of many Democratic Party leaders in Hawaii and U.S. Pacific island territories as she pursues her party’s nomination for president.

A British citizen who is a legal permanent resident of the United States alleges in a lawsuit that the Honolulu Police Department discriminates against non-U.S. citizens by making it difficult for them to obtain firearm permits.

Officials say a tree-killing fungus that covered more than 16,000 acres on the eastern part of Hawaii island has now been discovered in the western areas of Holualoa and Kealakekua.

The National Marine Fisheries Service said Thursday it has authorized the Navy's proposal to expand sonar testing and other warfare training off the Northwest coast, after determining the exercises would not have major impacts on endangered orcas and other marine mammals.

Crews of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokule‘a have spent the past year and a half pushing their limits, sailing the vessel as far from home as they ever could.

Three people arrested for blocking telescope construction crews on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians want to testify at their upcoming trials in Hawaiian.

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Scientists at a research center on Coconut Island have embarked on an experiment to grow “super coral” that they hope can withstand the hotter and more acidic oceans that are expected with global warming.

The Honolulu Police Department opened an internal investigation this week into allegations that an officer wrongfully arrested a vacationing lesbian couple after seeing them kissing in a grocery store.

The drowning of an ABC News doctor has family members raising money for a lifeguard tower.

A stolen totem pole that went from the garden decor of two golden-age Hollywood actors to the basement of a Hawaii museum was returned Thursday to American Indians from Alaska.

The University of Hawaii announced Wednesday that a third observatory will be taken down from Mauna Kea — a move that fulfills the governor’s request to remove 25 percent of telescopes from the mountain, considered sacred by many Native Hawaiians.

One of three drifters accused of killing a tourist in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and a yoga instructor hiking in Marin County went to school in Hawaii, school officials confirmed.

Hawaii fishermen are once again being allowed to catch a prized tuna species in the fleet’s most productive fishing grounds west of the islands, sparking criticism that they are adding to overfishing.

KAILUA-KONA >> A woman who pleaded guilty to a robbery charge after using a hatchet to try to steal a Corvette from a driver on Hawaii island has been sentenced to at least two years in prison.

As part of a plan to help prevent flooding in Waikiki, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to change the Ala Wai Canal.

Top trade officials from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries are headed for an extended day of talks today, a sign that negotiators may be nearing a final agreement on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

Environmentalists on Friday asked a federal judge to stop the National Marine Fisheries Service from allowing Hawaii-based fishermen to attribute some of the bigeye tuna they catch to U.S. territories.

A Hawaii spear fisherman said Wednesday he fought off a large tiger shark by smacking it in the nose after it locked onto his leg along a remote stretch of Hawaii island coastline.

The recently identified remains of a Marine hailed for his bravery in battle are heading home 72 years after he was killed on a remote Pacific atoll during World War II.

PUKALANI, Maui >> Around five years ago Pukalani Superette owners and brothers Aric and Myles Nakashima saw a trend with people wanting to buy healthier groceries.

After sailing more than 4,000 miles and 30 days across unfamiliar sea, Hokule‘a and an 11-member crew have wrapped the first of two momentous legs through the Indian Ocean — which voyage organizers consider the riskiest stretch of the Hawaiian canoe’s multiyear journey around the world.

Opponents of a proposed dairy in Maha- ulepu on Kauai are calling on Gov. David Ige to take notice of community concerns surrounding the proposed Hawaii Dairy Farms operation.

After 12 years of reporting on Oahu’s traffic, Danielle Tucker can read the roads the way a wayfinder can read the seas.

Hawaii Department of Education officials say the effort to cool overheated classrooms is being treated as a crisis, likening the matter to its response to the lava flow threat on the Big Island last year.

Opponents of building a giant telescope on Mauna Kea are decrying the destruction of a stone altar they built near the construction site.

HILO >> Operators of a nonprofit Hawaii island theater are asking the community to support a fundraising campaign that would bring air conditioning back to the 90-year-old structure.

The Navy agreed to limit its use of sonar and other training that inadvertently harms whales, dolphins and other marine mammals off Hawaii and California in a settlement with environmental groups approved Monday.

A woman pleaded guilty Monday to sending her husband in New Jersey more than half a million dollars she earned working as a prostitute in Hawaii.

WAILUKU >> Since leaving the Lanai Patrol District three years ago, Maui police Detective Nelson Hamilton has led investigations into murders and an officer-involved shooting.

WASHINGTON >> The Marine Corps explosives specialist could not disarm himself. Drunk and combat- stressed, Master Sgt. Nathaniel L. Cosby killed an escort he met in Waikiki well after midnight. By then he had been drinking, he said, for 10 hours straight.

Hawaii is under several weather advisories and warnings due to two nearby hurricanes. A high surf warning remains in effect for all counties until 6 p.m. Thursday.

With strong El Nino conditions helping to lob a succession of hurricanes in our direction, the central Pacific may well be on its way to a record-setting year. When Hurricane Jimena enters central Pacific waters Tuesday as expected, it will be the region's ninth named storm of the season.

Authorities are encouraging residents to remain vigilant about preparing as the busiest hurricane season in at least a decade reaches its midway point Monday.

The National Weather Service canceled a tropical storm watch for Maui County and Hawaii island Sunday as a weakening Hurricane Ignacio tracked northwest on its approach toward Hawaii.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for windward and southeast waters off Hawaii island as Hurricane Ignacio continues its approach toward the state.

Despite several near misses this hurricane season, Hawaii residents are still preparing as two hurricanes approach the state. "I think people can't let their guard down," said Eric Thompson, 28, of Wailupe.

Long before dozens of people were arrested while protesting against building a giant telescope atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, there were environmental studies, public hearings and court proceedings.

New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as “unprivileged belligerents” if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser was unable to print most complete copies of the Sunday edition because of problems with the computers that operate the printing press.

Alongside the lush and steep windward coast of Oahu, researchers are creating images of coral reefs that are in danger of dying because of warm ocean waters.

A package mailed from Las Vegas containing a Golden Nugget casino sweater, a pillowcase and 6 pounds of methamphetamine led authorities to a man’s Aiea apartment, where he allegedly kept another 14 pounds of crystal meth, a large amount of cash and a revolver, according to court documents.

Thousands of demonstrators, many carrying Hawaiian flags, marched through Waikiki on Sunday in an appeal to government to protect Hawaii’s natural resources for future generations.

Attorneys representing a Virginia family in a lawsuit over a Hawaii military hospital birth that left the child with cerebral palsy continue to prepare for trial, even though a federal judge Monday approved a $9 million settlement.

Atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, where some Native Hawaiians have been peacefully protesting the construction of what would be one of the world’s largest telescopes, astronomers have spent the past 40 years observing our universe and helping make some of the most significant discoveries in their field.

The National Park Service said Friday it was naming the superintendent of national parks in the Seattle area to oversee the USS Arizona Memorial, which has been rocked by allegations that tickets to the memorial were sold even though people aren’t supposed to pay to visit the solemn site honoring World War II dead.

A college student traveling to Maui for a vacation instead has spent his time in jail after the FBI accused him of drunkenly threatening to kill passengers, shoving a flight attendant and busting out of plastic handcuffs on a flight from Seattle.

Guillermo was downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday afternoon but remained on a path bringing it close to the North Shore of Oahu and possibly over Kauai in the next two days.

Wind shear worked to tear apart Tropical Storm Guillermo on its track north of the islands Wednesday, but potentially dangerous surf from the storm remains a concern.

Hawaii is in for a bit of a blow. But just how strong the wind from Tropical Storm Guillermo will be depends on the path it takes. If it keeps to its track Wednesday, the isles will escape the worst of the weather, forecasters say.

The military’s “Hurricane Hunters” spent Monday night and Tuesday morning doing what most people back on the ground would care to avoid: flinging themselves through the eye of a tropical cyclone.

The U.S. military says it has successfully tested an interceptor that can shoot down ballistic missiles as well as airplanes.

A tropical storm watch will likely be posted Monday for the Hawaiian Islands after Hurricane Guillermo weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with 85 mph winds and began a turn to the northwest Sunday on a track to pass near or over Hawaii on Wednesday.

Trade negotiators from the United States and 11 other Pacific nations were headed toward failure Friday, with difficult talks on the largest regional trade agreement ever breaking down over protections for pharmaceutical companies and access to agriculture markets on both sides of the Pacific.

The federal government is awarding $14 million in grants to address homelessness and to support housing for low- and moderate-income people in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced in April that Hawaii and the U.S. territory of Guam would join Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi in the pilot program.

U.S. health officials have updated their strategic plan for fighting AIDS, setting new goals for reducing infections and deaths. The new document “seizes on the rapid shifts in science as we’ve learned more about this disease,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.

Hawaii’s longline fishermen are on course to hit their annual bigeye tuna catch limit next week, which means they will have to stop catching bigeye in their most productive fishing grounds west of Hawaii on Aug. 5.

WAILUKU >> Scientists hope the pygmy sperm whale that washed up dead on a Maui beach can help them learn more about the elusive creatures.

A recent case involving a man accused of shooting a woman and a police officer on Hawaii island highlights a growing challenge in Hawaii: finding people who can translate court hearings in other languages.

ANNAPOLIS, MD. >> The main contractor in Maryland’s initially flawed health care exchange website has agreed to repay $45 million to avoid legal action over its performance, officials announced Tuesday.

In a move likely to irk China, the new U.S. commander of the Pacific Fleet joined a seven-hour surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea aboard one of America’s newest spy planes.

HILO » A record-breaking heat wave that began in late June is keeping things sweltering in East Hawaii. The National Weather Service says rainfall could briefly cool down the region this weekend, but temperatures are still above what is typical for Hilo, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.

WAILUKU » A group of international environmental scientists is asking the federal government to provide funding for the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission restoration project.

A Honolulu woman representing herself against allegations she defrauded new homeowners, title companies and banks must prepare for her upcoming trial behind bars.

Gov. David Ige signed a bill Monday that will allow transgender men and women in Hawaii to more easily change the gender on their birth certificate.

Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral across the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last week.

Remnants of former Tropical Storm Ela are expected to drift over the islands this weekend, touching off heavy humidity and spotty rainfall.

A state lawmaker from south Maui plans to draft a bill for the next legislative session to appease both residents who oppose the burning of cane fields and the company that burns them.

The head of the Pentagon’s new agency in charge of recovering and identifying remains of U.S. war dead said he will push for more cooperation with private groups that have resources and interest to help reinvigorate a troubled POW-MIA accounting mission.

Instead of a trial, most of the people arrested in April for blocking construction of a giant mountaintop telescope will likely participate in a Hawaiian culture-based form of mediation.

The U.S. government will pay $1.3 million to the family of a baby who died at Trip­ler Army Medical Center, according to a settlement announced Monday in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Federal agents last month intercepted a package mailed to Hawaii from Southern California containing a toaster oven. Hidden inside the four-slice toaster appeared to be 6 pounds of crystal meth.

State Rep. Matt LoPresti knew he had a problem when his preschool-age daughter, Nina, started drawing pictures of herself sitting in traffic.

A solar-powered plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe without fuel took off from Japan for Hawaii early Monday after an unscheduled, monthlong stop.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige says Japan is Hawaii’s most important source of foreign tourists, and his recent trip there was intended to solidify that relationship.

With Hokule‘a's recent arrival in Australia, the canoe's crew members are once again taking their round-the-world voyage underwater.

As the sun rises over Honolulu, commercial fishermen have already unloaded their catches and docked their boats for the day. The fish are lined up on pallets, packed in ice and displayed for buyers to inspect.

After logging some 14,000 miles across the Pacific during the first year of the Malama Honua ("Care for the Earth") worldwide sail, modern voyaging canoe Hikianalia arrived home safely on Oahu on Tuesday.

Many small-town residents would get a kick out of their communities being recognized, as Waimanalo recently was when one of its beaches was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. But here, pride was mixed with apprehension about visitors.

Hours after a Honolulu city crew cleared a homeless encampment from the banks of Kapalama Canal, the people who had been living there in tents and other makeshift structures streamed right back in.

Homeless families in Hono­­lulu are figuring out where to go after the city swept the banks of a canal where they were living in tents.

A parachute inflated during a test of new technology for landing larger spacecraft on Mars, but it disintegrated immediately afterward, NASA officials said Tuesday.

Attorneys who sued on behalf of a former aspiring actor, claiming he was abused by two Hollywood executives, have apologized for the lawsuits and say they believe the allegations were untrue.

LAS VEGAS >> Authorities identified a swimmer whose body was recovered from a Colo­rado River reservoir as an 18-year-old who grew up in Hawaii and played football for Radford High School before moving to Las Vegas.

The Navy command overseeing the hospital ship involved in a mishap that damaged the USS Arizona Memorial’s dock has sent investigators to Hawaii to probe what happened.

Hawaii County’s top prosecutor said Friday he will dismiss charges against about 10 of the 31 protesters who were arrested while blocking construction of a giant telescope on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

A settlement has been reached in a mother's lawsuit against the federal government over the death of her 5-year-old daughter at the hands of a former Hawaii-based soldier.

Hawaii lawmakers had hopes for rebuilding public trust in the state's police departments, but a number of bills that aimed to initiate reforms died during the 2015 session.

As the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, Waimanalo Bay's powdery white coral sand glows in the morning light. A few people lounge in the sand as a fisherman casts his line into the turquoise water.

A second Marine died of injuries he suffered when a hybrid military aircraft crashed last weekend during a training exercise at Bellows, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

Nainoa Thompson, the first Hawaiian in modern times to successfully navigate a voyaging canoe over vast ocean distances using ancient Polynesian techniques, was honored in Washington, D.C., last week for his work in marine conservation and exploration.

A series of earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea has scientists wondering what will happen next at one of the world's most active volcanoes.

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