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Vintage WWII fighter plane to fly sightseers over Hawaii

Feb. 18, 2020 9:16 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Sightseers will soon have an opportunity to experience history while viewing Hawaii when a vintage World War II fighter plane begins passenger flights. A private company has modified a P-51D Mustang to allow space for the pilot and a backseat passenger beginning in March, The Honolulu...

Honolulu proposes increase to senior, disabled bus fares

Feb. 17, 2020 2:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Rate Commission proposed an increase in the city's bus fares for riders including those who are 65 and older, riders holding Medicare cards and passengers with disabilities. Riders in the senior, Medicare and disabled category would pay a maximum of $60 annually, an increase of...

Office of Hawaiian Affairs sues auditor over release of $3M

Feb. 16, 2020 9:13 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs sued the state auditor in an attempt to prompt the release of a $3 million general fund appropriation for the next fiscal year. The agency filed the lawsuit Friday against state Auditor Les Kondo, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Kondo suspended his...

'In this undated photo released by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture shows adults and nymphs of the Avocado Lace Bug, (Pseudacysta perseae).  The avocado lace bug was first discovered in Pearl City, Oahu, in Dec. 2019 and was subsequently identified on Hawaii Island and Maui, the state Department of Agriculture said. Department officials have not confirmed the presence of the bug on Kauai. The infested Maui plants located Thursday, Feb. 13 2020 in retail outlets, were destroyed or treated, department officials said.(Hawaii Department of Agriculture via AP)

Invasive bug found feeding on avocado plants in Hawaii

Feb. 15, 2020 7:37 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An invasive bug was discovered feeding on avocado leaves across the state of Hawaii and was most recently found on Maui plants in retail outlets, entomologists said. The avocado lace bug was first discovered in Pearl City, Oahu, in December and was subsequently identified on Hawaii Island...

Hawaii bill would decriminalize 'dangerous' drug possession

Feb. 15, 2020 4:59 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Possession of small amounts of drugs that are considered dangerous would be decriminalized in Hawaii under a proposed bill, potentially reducing the amount of money spent on enforcement. The proposed legislation would make it a misdemeanor instead of a felony offense to possess less than 2...

Hawaii Gov. David Ige, center, state Health Director Bruce Anderson, left, and state Epidemiologist Sarah Park, right, discuss a tourist who was confirmed with the coronavirus after returning home to Japan at a news conference in Honolulu on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Hawaii officials are trying to learn more about who was in close contact with the man and other details about his time in the islands. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

Japanese man who visited Hawaii confirmed with coronavirus

Feb. 14, 2020 7:07 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A man who visited Hawaii was confirmed to have coronavirus when he returned home to Japan, Hawaii officials said Friday. Health officials were tracking down details about his travel in the Aloha State, including his flight information and people with whom he had close contact. The U.S....

Hawaiian Electric renewable energy use increased last year

Feb. 14, 2020 9:46 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric's use of renewable energy in 2019 increased over 2018 despite the unavailability of geothermal energy production on the Big Island and significantly lower wind energy production, the company said. Hawaiian Electric said energy generated by renewable resources increased by...

Grandmother who helped convict Honolulu power couple dies

Feb. 13, 2020 8:11 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The grandmother of a former Honolulu deputy city prosecutor who was at the center of a federal corruption case has died. Family attorney Eric Seitz said in an email to The Associated Press that Florence Puana died at her home Thursday morning. She was 100. Puana is the grandmother of...

Military housing rentals offered to Hawaii school teachers

Feb. 13, 2020 10:27 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Education has launched a new program allowing teachers to live in military rental housing, an official said. The initiative is aimed at addressing the problem of retaining and recruiting teachers, Hawaii Public Radio reported Wednesday. Education officials...

Hawaii Senate committee approves edible medical cannabis

Feb. 13, 2020 10:20 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii state Senate committee has granted preliminary approval to a bill authorizing the sale of edible medical cannabis products. Even if the bill passes the Legislature , the products are unlikely to be legally available in the state for many months, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser...