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Court records detail teen’s kidnapping ordeal on Big Island

A 52-year-old man accused of abducting a 15-year-old girl from a beach in Waikoloa allegedly forced her to smoke crystal methamphetamine, sexually assaulted her and shackled her inside a bus on his property, according to court documents that detail the teen’s terrifying experience. Read more

                                Ollie Signorini of Sydney, center, won his fourth Waikiki Roughwater Swim on Monday with a time of 53 minutes, 30 seconds. Ryan Bullock, left, placed second in the men’s open division, and Wesley Roberts was third.
Waikiki Roughwater Swim returns after hiatus

More than 700 swimmers participated in the 2.4-mile race, which started at Sans Souci Beach at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki and ended at Duke Kahanamoku Beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort. Read more

                                Forest Jarra, left, Cody Robello-Passi.
Man out on bail charged in 2 Oahu robbery cases

A 26-year-old man out on bail while awaiting trial for two separate felony robbery and burglary cases has been charged after he allegedly robbed a massage and spa business and an illegal game room at gunpoint in two days. Read more

Traffic fatalities rise in Hawaii, Kauai counties

Preliminary data from the state Department of Transportation shows a significant increase in traffic-­related fatalities in Hawaii and Kauai counties from January through most of July compared with the same time in 2021. Read more

                                Pumping south-shore surf is expected to gradually lower later today and Wednesday. Above, a surfer and bodyboarder shared a wave Monday.
South swell reaches historic heights

While the strength of a huge south swell that led to thousands of water rescues is tapering, large breaking waves and strong currents could still yet affect harbor entrances and channels over the next couple of days. Read more

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