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Honolulu Army reservist accused of fraud, theft and child molestation

Keoni Rosa Jr. (Photo courtesy of HNN)

HONOLULU — A former U.S. Army reservist pleaded not guilty to federal wire fraud and theft charges in Honolulu’s U.S. District Court Wednesday. A Honolulu federal grand jury indicted Keoni Rosa Jr., 36, of Pearl City, Oahu, in June on one count of wire fraud, after the FBI learned through a separate investigation that Rosa allegedly […]

July 31st, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Oh my! Actors from Hawaii 5-0, Star Trek, join President Obama in making political endorsements

Hawaii 5-0 Actor Daniel Dae Kim backs Gov. Neil Abercrombie's re-election

HONOLULU – George Takei, the actor in the original Star Trek movies who played the beloved character, Hikaru Sulu, and has made his mark on the Hollywood scene with the saying "Oh my!" has joined a growing list of celebrities, politicians and activists endorsing Hawaii's Democratic candidates in advance of Hawaii's Aug. 9 Primary Election. […]

July 30th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Feds fly immigrant minors to Hawaii on taxpayer dime

Honolulu as Seen from Diamond Head (photo by Teri Tico)

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Although 2,500 miles from the continental United States, Hawaii has joined the list of states temporarily housing unaccompanied minors from Central America who have illegally crossed into America through the Southwest border. Who's paying the freight? You, the taxpayer. Some 60,000 Central American youths fleeing drug cartels, human traffickers and […]

July 30th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Kahala Shell Repair Shop Closes Its Doors After 34 Years

Kahala shell

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - Kahala Shell Auto Care, Inc. is undoubtedly of the most frequented businesses in east Oahu, but 34 years after Bill Green founded the elite car repair business, Kahala Shell will be closing its popular auto repair shop. Green, now a consultant to the business, said as of end of day Thursday, […]

July 30th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Absentee ballot fraud incident has Kauai police, elections officials on alert

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard takes advantage of early voting in 2012. Those voting by mail should receive their ballot within 7 days of requesting one

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KAUAI — Kauai resident Brent Woods ordered an absentee ballot for Hawaii’s Aug. 9 primary election, but never received the ballot. So when he got a call from the Kauai County Clerk's office telling him they couldn't process his ballot because he returned it filled out, but unsigned, he was surprised. Woods […]

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

Hawaii's dominant shipping carrier to pay $9 million to settle federal whistleblower case

BIG NAME: Matson imports the majority of goods to Hawaii.

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Matson Navigation Co. Inc.,  Hawaii’s largest cargo container shipping company, will pay $9.95 million as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and Illinois freight consultant Mario Rizzo. Matson allegedly billed the government for ocean transport fuel charges when rail was used for some portions. The […]

July 25th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Quarter of Hawaii's population now on Medicaid

MEDICAID: Of Hawaii’s 1.3 million people, some 320,000 qualify for the government health-care program.

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — New statistics released by the state Department of Human Services show about a quarter of Hawaii’s population relies on Medicaid. Of Hawaii’s 1.3 million people, some 320,000 qualify for the government health-care program. According to the state Department of Human Services, the number of people on federal health-care subsidies in […]

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Malfunctioning websites still delaying Hawaii Obamacare signups

Hawaii Health Connector sign ups connect under 3 percent of the population with healthcare

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org HONOLULU — The Hawaii Health Connector, has been unable to produce a fully functional website since it launched in October. That's especially troubling, because CGI Group got $53 million for its creation and another $20 million for operation and maintenance. A separate $100 million […]

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii's highest-in-the-nation energy costs stay intact by politics, monopoly

POWERFUL: Much of Oahu's tropical beauty is marred by a crisscross of aging power polls and powerlines, critics say.

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — If residents of Hawaii are going to have affordable electricity, the state needs to break up Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., the parent of the Hawaiian Electric Co., a former lawmaker contends. A study of electric rates produced by WalletHub, Most & Least Energy Expensive States, puts the unit price of electricity in […]

July 18th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Belligerent Maui man aboard British Airways flight charged after threatening to blow up plane

British Airways

LOS ANGELES - A 20-year-old man from Kihei, Maui, was charged with one count of interfering with a flight crew, after he threatened to kill flight attendants and passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles, Monday. FBI agents from the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Kevin Lee Mosele after […]

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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