Hawaii News

Pacific Hurricane Forecast Complicated by Coronavirus

HONOLULU — The Central Pacific basin including Hawaii should expect to see between two and six tropical storms or hurricanes this year, federal forecasters said Wednesday. The annual National Weather Service prediction came as wary Hawaii residents begin to emerge …

Hawaii Tour Helicopter Crash Kills 6, Leaves 1 Missing

HONOLULU — The search for the final person missing after a Hawaii tour helicopter crash killed six is expected to resume Saturday depending on weather, officials said. There are no indications that anybody survived the crash, authorities said Friday night …

Honolulu Authorities Investigate Arsons at 3 Waikiki Hotels

HONOLULU — Honolulu police said Wednesday surveillance video recorded images of the same man at three different high-rise hotels near Waikiki Beach where fires were intentionally set in recent days. Two rooms were burglarized while guests were evacuated from one …

Corruption Claims, Mailbox Send Hawaii Power Couple to Trial

He was Honolulu’s Rolex-wearing police chief, an avid surfer who chatted with beat cops in Pidgin, Hawaii’s creole language. She was his deputy city prosecutor wife, who drove a Maserati and led an elite unit targeting career criminals while showering …

No Safety Harness in Fatal Maui Zip Line Accident

Police say the woman who died in last week’s zip line accident in Makawao, Hawaii, wasn’t secured to the landing platform with any type of safety harness. Police said in a statement Tuesday 29-year-old Patricia Rabellizsa of Kihei was working …

Hawaii Plane Crash Victim’s Family Sues Airline, Pilot Estate

The family of a Maui planning worker killed in a fiery plane crash on Lanai is suing the airline and the dead pilot’s estate, saying negligence caused the crash. Richard Fried, an attorney for the family of Kathleen Kern, said …

Hawaii Man Found Guilty of Insurance Fraud

A jury recently found a Honolulu man, Yun Fei Tang, 46, guilty of insurance fraud and attempted theft. He is currently out on bail and awaiting sentencing in June. Tang faces up to five years imprisonment for each count and …

Hawaii Passes Immunity Bill for Injuries That Occur on Public Land

A key state House committee advanced a bill Thursday evening that limit’s the state’s liability on public lands, relieving outdoor enthusiasts worried that litigation fears could lead to parks being shut down. The House Finance committee passed a bill (SB …

Hawaii Considers Moving Safety Facilities to Mitigate Flood Risk

Hawaii lawmakers are proposing to move the state’s public safety facilities to one central area that is safer from flooding. A resolution proposed by senators Michelle Kidani and Donovan Dela Cruz would also consolidate the state’s data centers from 30 …

Hawaii Considers Exemptions to Cell Phone Ban

Hawaii drivers would be able to check their cellphones for traffic or weather information while driving, under a bill state lawmakers are considering. Current Hawaii law forbids drivers from using or handling mobile devices while in a running vehicle, even …