Hawaii State News

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Katherine Kealoha allegedly didn’t reveal conflict

In September 2013 Deputy Prosecutor William Kaina Awong, whose supervisor was Katherine Kealoha, filed a motion in state court seeking to correct what was described as an illegal sentence against Kealoha’s uncle.
Visitor arrivals climb 7% while spending dips more than 6%

April marked the sixth month in a row that more visitors came to Hawaii than the previous year, while creating less economic benefit.
City Council questions payment of Louis Kealoha’s legal fees

It’s likely the Hawaii Judiciary will decide whether Honolulu taxpayers will pay the tab for former Police Chief Louis Kealoha’s defense in the high-profile federal conspiracy case now unfolding in U.S. District Court.
State agency investigating Katherine Kealoha’s meeting with uncle

The state Department of Public Safety says it is “obligated and committed to thoroughly investigate” the actions of a deputy sheriff who testified in U.S. District Court that he arranged to have inmates meet family members at state court even though the inmates were not scheduled to be in court.
Homeless at Kakaako have reasons to stay

Residents have found reasons to stay at Kaka­ako Gateway parks despite various efforts from the city, state and private organizations to move the homeless away from that area.
Caldwell’s speech gets mixed reaction

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s decision to focus on climate change and his newly minted O‘ahu Resiliency Strategy during his seventh State of the City address Thursday night won favorable remarks from some key individuals — but also some skepticism.
Interior secretary visits national park

KAU, Hawaii >> U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on Thursday inspected some of the damage that was caused by earthquakes at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park during last year’s Kilauea Volcano eruption, and said there are steps the federal government can take to expedite repairs.
Man said he attacked officer because he prefers prison to homelessness

A 36-year-old homeless man accused of stabbing a Honolulu police officer with a screwdriver told police the attack wasn’t personal, but an attempt to get imprisoned because he’s sick of living on the street.
Man died of excited delirium syndrome, expert says in court

Sheldon Haleck, a 38-year-old former Hawaii Air National Guardsman, died four years ago following a chaotic encounter with police officers who pepper-sprayed him about a dozen times and tried three times to shock him with a Taser, all within about five minutes. After falling to the ground and being cuffed by officers on South King Street, Haleck became unresponsive and stopped breathing. He never
Man, 38, charged in Kailua murder

A 38-year-old man was charged Thursday in connection with the murder of Benjamin Awong, also 38, whose body was discovered along a Kailua hiking trail two weeks ago.
Kokua Line: Thurston Lava Tube at volcano park might reopen by next year

Qu estion : We visit Hawaii every year or so and were disappointed that so much remains closed at the volcano. There was a crisis last year, so we understood then but had hoped for more this time. Will the Thurston Lava Tube ever reopen?
Rearview Mirror: Public bowling alleys on Oahu striking out with only 4 remaining

My list of significant Oahu sites and what was there before continues to grow. Today I look at some of those places that at one time were bowling alleys.
Noelani student named Hawaii winner in Google Doodle contest; national voting starts next week

A design by third grader Kayley Yu of Noelani Elementary School has been chosen as the 2019 Doodle 4 Google winner for the state of Hawaii.
Whole Foods pulls sunscreens with ingredients targeted by Hawaii law

Whole Foods Market announced today that it is no longer selling sunscreens and body products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate at its U.S. stores to help protect marine environments, including coral reefs.
Sign work to close H-1 westbound in Kunia for 3 nights

The H-1 freeway westbound will be closed nightly between the Kunia Road offramp (Exit 5B) and the Ewa offramp (Exit 5A) for four nights, starting 9 p.m. Tuesday.
USGS commits to keeping Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Big Isle

The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, which monitors active volcanoes in the state, is committed to remaining on Hawaii island.
Police search for driver in fatal Kona hit-and-run

A Kailua-Kona man died this morning in a hit-and-run accident this morning in front of the Kailua-Kona Public Library.
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