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Hawaii police: Washington state tourist's death was homicide

May. 14, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The death of a Washington state tourist has been ruled a homicide, more than a year after her body was found in a Hawaii bay, police said. Smriti Saxena and her husband Sonam Saxena were vacationing on the Big Island in February 2020 to...

Pittsburgh man may leave Hawaii before manslaughter trial

Apr. 21, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Pittsburgh man charged with manslaughter in the death of a friend he was vacationing with in Hawaii will be allowed to return to the U.S. mainland before his trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. Benjamin Fleming, released on $250,000 bond, must return to...

Tourist in deadly vacation rental fight asks to leave Hawaii

Apr. 15, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Pittsburgh man pleaded not guilty Thursday to manslaughter in the strangulation of a college buddy he was vacationing with in Hawaii. A judge ordered Benjamin Fleming, who has been released on $250,000 bond, not to leave the Big Island without court...

Polynesian voyaging canoe captain, navigator dies at 65

Apr. 11, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Master navigator Chad Kalepa Baybayan, who served as a captain of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea, has died. He was 64. Baybayan died suddenly while visiting family in Seattle, his family said in a statement on Friday. The cause of death was not...

Tourist charged with manslaughter in pal's Hawaii death

Apr. 08, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — There is probable cause to charge a Pittsburgh tourist with manslaughter in the strangulation death of the college buddy he was vacationing with in Hawaii, a judge ruled Thursday. Benjamin Fleming was arrested last month after his first night out on the...

Hawaii vacation of 3 friends from East Coast ended in death

Apr. 08, 2021 02:25 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii vacation for three tourists from the U.S. East Coast turned deadly after one of them became “psychotically” drunk, his friend testified Wednesday. Alexander Germany-Wald of Montclair, New Jersey, testified at a preliminary hearing for his...

Virus outbreak at Hawaii university forces campus closure

Apr. 05, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak at the University of the Nations Kona in Hawaii has been reported by university officials and has forced the campus to close to the public. A university spokesperson, Johnny Gillespie, told West Hawaii Today last Friday...

Tourist charged in fatal Hawaii vacation rental fight

Mar. 31, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A tourist from Pittsburgh has been charged with manslaughter after a deadly fight in a Hawaii vacation rental, police said. A second tourist from Boston who had been arrested was released with no charges filed, police on the Big Island said Wednesday. ...

Tourists arrested after fatal Hawaii vacation rental fight

Mar. 30, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Two visitors from the U.S. East Coast were under arrest for manslaughter after a deadly fight at a Hawaii vacation rental, police said. Big Island police were dispatched to Kailua-Kona rental early Monday where a 30-year-old man wasn't breathing. ...

Hawaii's largest and oldest bakery closing amid pandemic

Mar. 04, 2021 12:53 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is claiming a 170-year-old Hawaii institution: Love's Bakery. Hawaii's oldest and largest commercial bakery told state and federal agencies this week that it will close its doors at the end of March and lay off more than 230...