Honolulu News for April 27th 2013

HMSA sued over alleged anti-competition pacts
A Honolulu resident and law firm have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Hawaii Medical Service Association of using anti-competitive practices to maintain a monopoly that has led to skyrocketing health insurance premiums for more than a decade. More…

More Management Changes at The Modern Honolulu Hotel
More Management Changes at The Modern Honolulu Hotel || HotelChatter. More…

Coconut Willy's Waikiki reopening in former Honolulu Hard Rock Cafe site
Coconuts Willy's Waikiki will reopen Friday night in the Kapiolani Boulevard building that was once the Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu, seen here in this 2007 file photo. The Hard Rock Cafe relocated to 280 Beachwalk in Waikiki about two years ago. Stephanie More…

Hawaii committee funds school readiness program
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Friday agreed on the final draft of a bill to fund a new school readiness program for late-born 4-year-olds who will lose services when the state's junior kindergarten program expires in the 2014-15 school year. Sen. More…

Suspicious package found at Honolulu Circuit Court rendered safe
DPS spokesperson Toni Schwartz says Honolulu Police received a call at 6:05 a.m. that a bomb was planted near the Circuit Court building and was set to explode at 12 p.m. That call prompted a search of the area by law enforcement. Schwartz says a More…

Hawaii sneakerheads coming together in Honolulu – KHON
They are known as sneakerheads or kick collectors. This weekend, sneaker and shoe fanatics are uniting in Honolulu. But there's much more to this trend than More…

Antiquated Honolulu airport lobbies getting makeover
The state is converting its antiquated departure lobbies at Honolulu International Airport into more modern facilities. The old departure lobbies at the airport are dark, worn-down and retro. Just ask travelers there and they'll tell you. "It's not More…

Governor explores all options to bring down Hawaiian Air fares
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — The Lolo Administration in American Samoa is “exploring” all options to bring down airfares for travel between Honolulu and Pago Pago. One of thosee options is to buy shares into the Honolulu-based airline, Hawaiian More…

Dog lost at Honolulu airport reunited with owner one month later
Dog lost at Honolulu airport reunited with owner one month later. 20 mins ago. Last week, KHON2 told you about a dog that had been missing at Honolulu International Airport for a month. The dog has been found and reunited with its owner. More…

Kalakaua closed at Lewers due to a suspicious package
Honolulu police reopened Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki at Lewers Street at about 5:10 p.m. after the HPD bomb squad found nothing inside a "suspicious package" outside the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. Although the bomb squad deemed the backpack More…

Baby born on Honolulu freeway during rush-hour
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police Officer Stephen Keogh jokes that he didn't receive any training in obstetrics while in the academy, but he's been getting a lot of practice delivering babies. Keogh, a traffic motorcycle officer with seven years on the More…

Feds still onboard with Honolulu rail project
Mayor Caldwell, City Council Chairman Ernie Martin, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Executive Director and CEO Dan Grabauskas and HART Board Chair Carrie Okinaga met in Washington, D.C., with Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal More…

Honolulu Woman Adds Second Charge After Escape Attempt
A woman in Honolulu briefly escaped from Police custody – but was captured in about 30 minutes. Hawai'i Department of Public Safety spokesperson Toni Schwartz, said that – at approximately 2:25 p.m. today, Elloise Ysaol and five other females were More…

'South Park' creator skips Kauai court hearing
By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER — Associated Press. HONOLULU — Trial has been delayed for a man accused of burglarizing "South Park" co-creator Trey Parker's home on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, after Parker didn't show up for a recent hearing. More…

Austinites Lost 38 Hours Of Their Lives Sitting In Traffic Last Year
Indeed, according to INRIX's Traffic Scorecard Annual Report, Austin has the fourth-worst traffic in the U.S., behind San Francisco, Honolulu and Los Angeles. Austin drivers lost 38 hours in 2012, which actually represents a three percent increase in More…

Bomb Threat Closes Hawaii Courthouses
An early morning 911 call brought Honolulu Police and a bomb squad to a suspicious package outside the Oahu First Circuit Courthouse. The unidentified 911 caller said the package was set to detonate at noon. Police and a K-9 team were dispatched at 10 More…

Hawaii leaders grapple with spike in Kauai drownings, ask airlines to play new
HONOLULU — During the summer, a shorefront area called Queen's Bath on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is calm and picturesque. It's a rock shelf on Kauai's northern shore, where sea turtles can be seen wandering peacefully amid tide pools filled with More…

Police asking for help in finding kidnapping suspect
Honolulu police released a sketch and are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect in a kidnapping and sex assault in Waipahu on Thursday. (Courtesy Honolulu Police Department). Honolulu police released a sketch today of a suspect in a More…

Honolulu Mayor Signs Bill That Targets Japanese Billionaire And Other Public
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill today that will increase the amount individuals can be fined for having overgrown and unkempt properties. Bill 3 was introduced by Honolulu Councilman Stanley Chang, and bumps the maximum penalty amount up More…

Matson decreases Hawaii shipping fuel surcharge
HONOLULU (AP) — The largest shipping company that carries goods to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland is decreasing its fuel surcharge by 3.5 percentage points. Matson Navigation Co. says effective Sunday the surcharge will go from 40 percent to 36.5 More…

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