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Retired auto dealer's sentencing for dam breach deaths postponed for a fourth time

James Pflueger

Retired auto dealer James Pflueger was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Sept. 17 for recklessly causing the deaths of 7 people when his Ka Loko dam breached on March 14, 2006. However, the sentencing will be delayed and is now scheduled for Oct. 15 at 8:30 a.m. in Kauai’s Fifth Circuit Court. Pflueger’s attorneys successfully […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii's 'most unusual political candidate' vying to be next congressman

Kawika Crowley

KANEOHE – Kawika Crowley, the Republican running for U.S. House District 2 in November, is quite possibly the state's most interesting politician in 2014. The 60-year-old native Hawaiian smokes cigars and fights for smokers’ rights, his home and campaign headquarters are in his 1995 Plymouth Voyager, and in heavily unionized, blue Hawaii, he’s unabashedly an […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii cannabis minister released from federal prison after extended stay

Roger Christie

HONOLULU — Roger Christie, the Big Island minister imprisoned in Honolulu for years for selling marijuana as “sacrament” to his followers, has been released from Hawaii’s Federal Detention Center to a halfway house. The 64-year-old preacher, who claims marijuana is a religious sacrament and openly sold cannabis in Hilo as part of his services at his […]

September 12th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

9-11 Victims, We Must Never Forget, Including Those With Hawaii Ties

9-11 twin towers burn

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - September 11, 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and the sacrifice and bravery of those aboard United Airlines Flight 93. Some 3,500 people died in the attacks, including 9 with ties to Hawaii. Rich Lee, 34, a Punahou graduate, who played […]

September 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii lawmakers may ease access to medical marijuana

LIGHTEN UP: Hawaii lawmakers may consider easing access to medical marijuana.
Photo courtesy of Reason

HONOLULU — Hawaii residents will have a chance to voice their opinion on establishing a statewide system to dispense medical marijuana during a public hearing before the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary Task Force. The final hearing will be held Sept. 24 at 5 pm. at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium. A first public hearing was held Wednesday in Hilo […]

September 10th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Second Oahu defendant sentenced in bizarre embezzlement case

US District Court - Hawaii

HONOLULU - A defendant in arguably one of Oahu’s most bizarre embezzlement cases was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Monday, Sept. 8. Jenny Nishida, 41, of Pearl City, must spend 13 months in prison beginning Oct. 14, and be under supervised release for another 5 years for stealing $358,685 from her employer, OTS Employees Federal […]

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Controversial sex education program reinstated in Hawaii public schools - with some changes

NOT THE THREE R’S: McDermott holds up a copy of notes from an 11-year-old student enrolled in the sex education classes in the state’s public schools. (file photo)

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Education will reinstate the controversial “Pono Choices” sex education curriculum, but after pressure from some parents and lawmakers, the program for middle school students will include some key revisions. The curriculum, developed by the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies, set off a firestorm over the last year. […]

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Prominent East Oahu Realtor Sentenced for Money Laundering Scheme

East Oahu realtor Judy Jakobovits

HONOLULU - It was like a scene out of a suspense novel, only for well-known East Oahu realtor Judy Jakobovits, the situation quickly became real. She was the target of an August 2013 federal sting operation that took place at the popular Kahala Mall in which she took $210,000 from her client, Allen Yamada, the […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Business,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii deemed ‘sinkhole’ state by fiscal watchdog for pension debt

Hawaii makes the list of top five sink hole states

HONOLULU — A report by a fiscal watchdog deems Hawaii one of the worst “sinkhole” states for its growing debt burden to taxpayers. Chicago-based Truth in Accounting reviewed the finances of every state, focusing on unfunded liabilities such as pension and health care obligations to current and retired public-sector workers, for its annual “State of […]

August 29th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

District challenge to former Hawaii House speaker heats up

LT. Governor Shan Tsustui and House Speaker Calvin Say (file Photo)

BY JACKIE M. YOUNG -  HONOLULU - State Rep. Calvin Say's residency in the district he represents and his ability to continue to represent that district in Hawaii’s state House is being threatened in state Circuit Court. The former House Speaker has been a state representative for more than 30 years for District 20, which […]

August 28th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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