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Hawaii recoups from big storm amid lingering flood threats

Dec. 07, 2021 21:09 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A slow-moving storm that knocked out power, swamped dozens of homes and sent creeks and streams surging had mostly passed over Hawaii on Tuesday, though the threat of flooding lingered in some already-drenched areas. Showers were tapering off on Oahu, where Pearl...

Storm sweeps Hawaii, brings threat of ‘catastrophic’ floods

Dec. 06, 2021 23:27 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A strong storm packing high winds and extremely heavy rain flooded roads and knocked out power across Hawaii, with officials warning Monday of potentially worse conditions ahead. The National Weather Service said the storm brings the threat of “catastrophic...

Hawaiian monk seal dies after battle with parasitic disease

Nov. 22, 2021 15:58 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A male Hawaiian monk seal has died at a Big Island marine mammal hospital after a five-week battle with toxoplasmosis, which is a parasitic disease spread by cat feces, officials said Monday. Toxoplasmosis is the biggest disease threat facing the...

Officials want tighter laws to use Hawaii names on coffee

Nov. 08, 2021 14:54 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island County Council resolution is asking state lawmakers to restrict the use of Hawaii location names on coffee packaging. The resolution, which passed unanimously last week, calls for laws that would require coffee blends be at least 51%...

Caregiver not guilty in 3-year-old Hawaii foster boy's death

Nov. 05, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A judge on Thursday found a Hawaii woman not guilty of murder in the death of a 3-year-old foster child she was caring for, West Hawaii Today reported. Chasity Alcosiba-McKenzie opted to go to trial before a judge instead of a jury. She...

Hawaii Island farmers get help to fight coffee leaf rust

Oct. 27, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island coffee farmers are expected to receive $300,000 from the state to help them battle coffee leaf rust, a disease that can kill coffee trees. The money comes from the state Department of Agriculture thanks to a bill passed by the...