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Honolulu rail board does not have enough votes to remove CEO

Sep. 25, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board of directors could not muster enough votes Thursday to act on a recommendation to cut ties with the chief executive of the city's massive rail transit project. The full board failed to follow the recommendation of the authority's human...

Financially hurting Hawaii candy maker offers vendors a deal

Sep. 24, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A financially hurting Hawaii candy maker known for a memorable slogan is trying to shore up its business by offering a deal to vendors as the company faces difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic's economic fallout. Hawaiian Host Inc. has asked vendors to settle invoices with the...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...

Hawaii to loosen some COVID-19 rules after new cases decline

Sep. 22, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. Beginning Thursday, the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and...

Hawaii police investigate desecration at Oahu cemetery

Sep. 22, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Police in Hawaii opened an investigation following the desecration of headstones at an Oahu cemetery. Headstones were toppled at the Waianae cemetery on the western side of the island last week, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. The Honolulu Police Department said a family...

Honolulu expected to replace railway director after 3 years

Sep. 22, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is expected to remove the head of its $9.2 billion rail transit project. The authority's human resources committee recommended replacing Executive Director and CEO Andrew Robbins, the city’s highest-paid employee, earning $317,000...

Honolulu police arrest 2, close bar after COVID-19 violation

Sep. 19, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu liquor and law enforcement officials say they have arrested multiple people and closed down a bar for violating restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Brix and Bones sports bar was shut down after it remained opened despite public health orders that require bars...

Hawaii high court mulls e-signatures in impeachment petition

Sep. 18, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials arbitrarily rejected electronic signatures in an impeachment petition, a lawyer for a businessman who wants the city's embattled prosecutor impeached argued before the state Supreme Court Friday. Tracy Yoshimura is seeking impeachment of Prosecuting Attorney Keith...

FILE - In this March 23, 2016 file photo, a foreign worker unloads fish from a U.S. fishing vessel at Pier 38 in Honolulu. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 the Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments on the legality of issuing licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii's longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable labor practices.(AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Hawaii court hears case on legality of foreign fishing labor

Sep. 18, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on the legality of granting licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable...

Honolulu council seeks transparency about chairman who quit

Sep. 18, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu city councilmembers have filed complaints with the city's Ethics Commission for more transparency regarding the resignation of Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson. Anderson announced earlier this month that he would resign effective Sept. 23, saying that he wanted to take care of his...