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Telescope protest inspires more Native Hawaiian activism

Nov. 16, 2019 1:15 PM EST

KAHUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Flapping Hawaiian flags adorn a large canopy on the easement of a highway that winds along Oahu’s famed North Shore. Under the tent, protesters come and go. Some of them keep guard overnight, and some stop by to wave at cars honking in support or to drop off supplies in a...

Officials responding to oil spill from cargo ship in Hawaii

Nov. 7, 2019 10:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a cargo ship has spilled oil into Honolulu Harbor. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class James Connor says local and federal officials are working on cleanup Thursday after a 433-foot (132-meter) container ship spilled oil a day earlier during a fueling operation. It...

Hawaii may subpoena Airbnb for tax records of rental hosts

Nov. 6, 2019 9:05 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge ruled Wednesday that Hawaii tax authorities may subpoena Airbnb for records of its hosts as the state investigates whether operators of vacation rentals have been paying their taxes. First Circuit Court Judge Bert Ayabe approved the subpoena after a brief hearing. Airbnb and the...

APNewsBreak: Airbnb agrees to provide host records to Hawaii

Nov. 4, 2019 11:04 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Airbnb Inc. has agreed to provide Hawaii with records of many of its island hosts as the state tries to track down vacation rental operators who haven't been paying their taxes. Airbnb and the state Department of Taxation reached the agreement last week after negotiating the scope of a...

Scientists: People getting too close to Hawaiian monk seals

Oct. 28, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Photos posted on social media indicate the public has been getting too close to Hawaiian monk seals, a critically endangered species protected by federal and state law, government researchers said in a new study. Only about 1,400 Hawaiian monk seals remain in the wild, with about 1,100 in...

Ex-Honolulu police chief, estranged wife plead guilty

Oct. 22, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A retired Honolulu police chief and his wife, a former deputy city prosecutor, pleaded guilty Tuesday to bank fraud in order to avoid other trials against them, capping a federal corruption investigation that brought down the once-respected and powerful couple. As part of a deal with...

The Latest: Ex-police chief pleads guilty to bank fraud

Oct. 22, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a retired police chief and his wife pleading guilty in a federal corruption investigation (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A former Honolulu police chief has pleaded guilty to bank fraud, capping a federal corruption investigation against him and his wife, an ex-deputy city...

Convicted ex-Honolulu police chief files for divorce

Oct. 16, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A retired Honolulu police chief convicted of conspiracy in Hawaii's biggest corruption case wants a divorce from his wife and co-defendant, a former deputy city prosecutor. Louis Kealoha filed for divorce Tuesday, according to court records. A jury in June convicted him and Katherine...

Increased number of STDs in Hawaii linked to online dating

Oct. 13, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — An increase in sexually transmitted diseases in Hawaii to the highest numbers reported in decades can be linked to the prevalence of online dating, officials said. Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have increased significantly in the state, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported...

Running for president, Gabbard faces challenge in Hawaii

Oct. 12, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — In recent days, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has talked to voters over chili and pumpkin bars at a house party in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She sat down with students at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. She packs her schedule with gatherings in both states as she tries to lift her...