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Pentagon chief calls for ‘new vision’ for American defense
NAVAL STATION PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — In his first major speech as Pentagon chief, Lloyd Austin on Friday called for developing a “new vision” for American defense in the face of emerging cyber and space threats and the prospect of fighting bigger wars.
911 call conveyed fear before police fatally shot Hawaii man
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police on Friday released the 911 call a frightened woman made about a stranger in her home, which led to officers shooting and killing him.
“I don’t know him,” she told the dispatcher, who asked her several times about the man’s ethnicity.
“Is he white? Is he Black? Is he local?” the dispatcher asked. The woman, who sounded like she was crying through much of the call, eventually answered, “Black.”
Hawaii to keep mask mandates in place despite CDC guidance
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige says the state’s mask mandate will remain in place for now.
Ige urged people to continue wearing masks despite the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about vaccinated people not having to wear masks in certain outdoor situations, Hawaii News Now reported Thursday.
Young Hawaii wrestler takes 1st place in world contest
HONOLULU (AP) — A new world wrestling champion is a 9-year-old Hawaii girl.
Kaiulani Diamond Kekahuna of Waianae won first place at the World of Wrestling 2021 Reno Worlds in the 65-pound weight class April 17, KHON-TV reported Thursday.
Hawaii lawmakers finish session after huge federal aid boost
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s lawmakers on Thursday wrapped up a legislative session marked by a generous influx of federal aid that helped the islands weather a pandemic that threw tens of thousands of people out of work and upended the state’s tourism-dependent economy.
Father pleads no contest in Hawaii girl’s starvation death
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The father of a 9-year-old Hawaii girl who starved to death pleaded no contest to manslaughter.
Kevin Lehano’s plea to a reduced charge is part of a deal with prosecutors, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday.
Bill would allow additional tax on Hawaii’s tourist lodging
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A bill that would allow Hawaii’s four counties to impose an additional tax on hotel rooms and vacation rentals passed its final reading in the state Legislature.
Hawaii House kills bill curtailing governor emergency powers
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii House on Tuesday killed a bill that would have curtailed the governor’s emergency powers, a measure that was introduced after the coronavirus pandemic prompted Gov. David Ige to issue 19 emergency proclamations to suspend laws, impose travel quarantines and take other steps to address the public health crisis.
Hawaii House quashes bill eliminating no-knock warrants
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii House on Tuesday quashed a bill that would have eliminated no-knock warrants, a centerpiece of police reform legislation proposed in the wake of high-profile killings by police across the nation.
Hawaii lawmakers introduced the bill after learning about the death of Breonna Taylor, a Louisville, Kentucky, emergency medical worker who was shot after detectives busted down her apartment door in the middle of the night.
Young boy dies with COVID-19 after family travels to Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — A child who traveled to Hawaii with his vaccinated parents has died after contracting COVID-19.
The Hawaii Department of Health said Tuesday the boy is under 11 and had a known underlying condition.
It was the first coronavirus-related death of a child in that age range in Hawaii.
Hawaii close to honoring Juneteenth, leaving 1 state holdout
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii was poised to become the 49th state to recognize Juneteenth after the House and Senate on Tuesday passed legislation designating June 19 as a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.
Hawaiian Holdings: Q1 Earnings Snapshot
HONOLULU (AP) _ Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (HA) on Tuesday reported a loss of $60.7 million in its first quarter.
The Honolulu-based company said it had a loss of $1.23 per share. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were $3.85 per share.
The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of $3.71 per share.
Correction: Hawaii Corruption-House story
HONOLULU (AP) — In a story April 26, 2021, about distribution of money from the foreclosure sale of a house owned by a former Honolulu police chief and his estranged wife convicted of conspiracy, The Associated Press, relying on court documents, erroneously reported the name of a credit union. It is Hawaii Central Federal Credit Union, not Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union.
2020 census data: Hawaii’s population climbs 7% in 10 years
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s population grew 7% over the past decade, according to data from the 2020 census released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The state had 1,455,271 residents, up 94,970 from the 2010 census.
The Census Bureau only released statewide data, and not more detailed county-level data. The agency is expected to publish more detailed figures later this year.
Bank of Hawaii: Q1 Earnings Snapshot
HONOLULU (AP) _ Bank of Hawaii Corp. (BOH) on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $59.9 million.
The Honolulu-based bank said it had earnings of $1.50 per share.
The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.18 per share.
Hawaii to launch program to buy 2018 eruption-damaged homes
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Property owners on the Big Island who were affected by the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption can apply to have Hawaii County buy back their land starting next week.
Hawaii County said the first phase of its Kilauea Disaster Recovery Voluntary Housing Buyout Program will address properties used as a primary residence during the eruption. The program will begin accepting applications on April 30.
Bill banning intentional balloon releases in Hawaii approved
HONOLULU (AP) — People in Hawaii will no longer be able to intentionally release balloons into the air under legislation aimed at protecting the environment and reducing waste, lawmakers said.
The bill passed a final reading in the House of Representatives on Thursday and is next headed to Democratic Gov. David Ige. If enacted into law, it would establish the strongest ban on balloon releases in the U.S.
Bill would require 10% of Hawaii-bought produce to be local
HONOLULU (AP) — A bill in Hawaii that would require at least 10% of state-bought produce to be local has passed both the state House and Senate.
The bill introduced by Democratic state Rep. Scot Matayoshi will now head to Gov. David Ige’s desk for approval, KHON-TV reported Friday.
The measure aims to ensure that state funds directly support local businesses.
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