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Ex-Hawaii CEO accused of virus loan fraud pleads not guilty

May. 12, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former CEO of Hawaii company accused of defrauding banks of money meant to assist businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Martin Kao, who was CEO of Martin Defense Group LLC, formerly known as Navatek LLC, is...

Police shooting review panel picks ex-Maui chief as chairman

May. 12, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Maui police chief will lead the Hawaii board that reviews police shootings, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. Gary Yabuta, director of the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in Hawaii, was unanimously selected Tuesday...

Former congresswoman named to board of Honolulu rail line

May. 12, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor on Tuesday said he would appoint former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to the board of the city’s rail line as the long-delayed and massively over-budget project faces a funding shortfall that could prevent construction from continuing to its original...

Analysis of police misconduct record laws in all 50 states

May. 12, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

CARBONDALE, Illinois (AP) — Below is an analysis of public record laws in all 50 states. It is based on an analysis of statutes and court opinions as well as interviews with experts. To stay up to date with the rapidly changing laws, visit Legislative Responses for Policing-State Bill...

Famed Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan dead at age 37

May. 11, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Colt Brennan, a star quarterback at the University of Hawaii who finished third in the 2007 Heisman Trophy balloting, died early Tuesday, his father said. He was 37. Brennan, who had public struggles with alcohol, died at a hospital in California, his...

Hawaii launches limited inter-island 'vaccine passport' plan

May. 11, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's vaccine passport program for inter-island travel has begun. The program launch allows people who received their vaccine shots in the state of Hawaii to skip testing and quarantine rules for travel between the islands, Hawaii News Now reported...

Remains ID'd of 2 Indiana brothers killed at Pearl Harbor

May. 11, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

La PORTE, Ind. (AP) — The remains of two Indiana brothers who were killed in the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified by U.S. military scientists. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Monday it had identified the remains of Navy Fire...

Hawaii House announces names of Mauna Kea working group

May. 10, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — House Speaker Scott Saiki on Monday announced the members of a working group that's been asked in a House resolution to develop recommendations for how to manage Mauna Kea — the Big Island mountain that's seen conflict over the construction and operation of some of the...

Ex-Honolulu chief to visit family before heading to prison

May. 10, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge is allowing a former Honolulu police chief convicted in a corruption case to meet with family and friends in Washington state before he begins serving a seven-year prison sentence in Oregon. U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright on...

Hawaii to convert light-duty vehicles to electric by 2035

May. 10, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii must convert all state-owned light-duty vehicles to fully electric by 2035 under newly passed legislation, state lawmakers said. Democratic state Rep. Nicole Lowen authored the bill, saying it was one of her legislative priorities this year,...