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  • Owner of ship that damaged reef to pay $840,000 Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    HONOLULU— The federal government and the state of Hawaii have reached an agreement for damages from the owner of a cargo ship that harmed more than 100,000 coral colonies several years ago when it ran aground off Oahu. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Denak Ship Management and Vogetrader Shipping Inc. will pay $840,000 to the National Oceanic and...

  • Correction: Bogus Bonus story Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 6:27 PM ET

    HONOLULU— In a story Nov. 22 about Island Air taking back bonuses paid to pilots, The Associated Press reported erroneously the reason for the bonuses. Hawaii's Island Air tells pilots it's taking back their $4,000 bonuses. HONOLULU— Pilots from Island Air were probably pretty happy when they got a $4,000 bonus— that is, until the airline wanted the money back.

  • Maui GMO ban supporters seek to dismiss lawsuit Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Groups of moms and environmentalists are among the organizations that want to help defend a new Maui County law that bans the cultivation of genetically modified organisms. A federal judge ruled Nov. 14 that Maui County can't implement the law until he considers arguments in the lawsuit against it. Attorneys for Earthjustice and Center for Food...

  • Hawaii airline tells pilots to return $4,000 bonus Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 4:04 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Pilots from Island Air were probably pretty happy when they got a $4,000 Christmas bonus— that is, until the airline wanted the money back. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Saturday that the company plans to take payroll action to recover the erroneous payments. In an internal email obtained by the Star-Advertiser, Pflieger said the analysis...

  • Hawaii and Alaska pay more for Thanksgiving feasts Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Residents of Hawaii pay the highest prices in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving, and Alaska feasts are almost as expensive. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that Hilo and Honolulu were the top two most expensive markets out of 264 examined in the study. The study pegged the national average at $49.41 for 2014....

  • Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which regulates commercial fishing between Indonesia and Hawaii, has established an annual quota of 3,763 metric tons of bigeye for U.S.-flagged longline vessels in the central and western Pacific. Pacific territories: American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • The latest on air bag recalls, with cars involved Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:09 PM ET

    Automakers have recalled 8 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a problem with air bags made by Takata Corp. The air bags can explode with too much force, sending shards of metal into the passenger compartments. Boundaries of the recalls vary, but generally they include Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii and "limited areas...

  • Showdown looms between US gov't, air bag maker Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    Takata Corp. insists that current recalls covering 8 million U.S. cars in high-humidity areas are sufficient. "Takata's initial response, yes, an unwillingness to move forward," David Friedman, the agency's deputy administrator, said Tuesday. Takata has so far set aside over $400 million to cover recall costs in the U.S. and globally.

  • Another quiet day for Hawaii lava flow Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:23 PM ET

    PAHOA, Hawaii— It's another quiet day for a lava flow threatening a rural Hawaii town. Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira says officials continue to monitor the lava for any changes in behavior and flow activity. The slow-moving lava crossed a country road in Pahoa last month.

  • Safety agency to push for national air bag recall Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    The action Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers driver's side air bags equipped with inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. Takata has said that prolonged exposure to moisture can cause the air bag propellant to burn faster than designed, causing the problem. Up until now, about 8 million cars in the U.S. with Takata inflators...

  • Navy secretary racks up 930K miles in world travel Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up more than 930,000 miles on trips that cost the taxpayer more than $4.7 million. Ray Mabus, the former Mississippi governor, has taken at least 40 trips outside the U.S as of July 2014, meeting officials and visiting sailors and Marines in more than...

  • Nov 17- Solar company SunEdison Inc and unit TerraForm Power Inc said they would buy First Wind for $2.4 billion to enter the U.S. wind power market. SunEdison's shares rose 6.6 percent to $17.70, while TerraForm shares rose 1.2 percent to $26.15 in after-market trading. SunEdison raised its 2015 installation forecast to 2.1-2.3 gigawatts from 1.6-1.8 GW.

  • Honda quietly will repair air bags nationwide Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    DETROIT— Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag inflators across the U.S., even though its latest recall for the problem only covers cars in 13 high-humidity states and territories. Honda's action, plus a report of an exploding air bag that injured a Ford Mustang driver in North Carolina, is likely to give more ammunition to lawmakers...

  • Hawaii lava flow inspires student innovation Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 12:51 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Lava flowing from a Hawaii volcano is inspiring innovative ideas from schoolchildren on how to deal with its effects. Students from Pahoa's Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science charter school came up with an idea for an air scrubber for volcanic smog, or vog. As of Monday, Pahoa's ACE Hardware was selling parts for the scrubber for $100, the Honolulu...

  • Cruise that saw outbreak ends in LA; ship cleaned Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 9:18 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A nearly monthlong cruise that saw more than 170 passengers get sick with the gastrointestinal illness norovirus has ended in Los Angeles with a thorough cleaning of the ship. Carnival's Crown Princess docked Sunday at the Port of Los Angeles after the voyage that took more than 4,100 people from Los Angeles to Hawaii to Tahiti and back.

  • The 2007 Mustang was part of a June recall of millions of cars from nine manufacturers because air bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp could rupture and send metal fragments into the cabin. The so-called "regional recalls" were carried out mainly in high-humidity states such as Florida after Takata said the inflators could be susceptible to...

  • Judge blocks Maui County from implementing GMO law Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 2:28 AM ET

    HONOLULU— Two leading developers of genetically engineered corn have sued Maui County to stop a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms. The lawsuit filed by Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit in federal court in Honolulu asks a judge to immediately prevent the law from taking effect. The lawsuit said Monsanto would have to...

  • Monsanto, Dow unit sue Maui County over GMO law Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 6:32 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Two agricultural companies sued Maui County on Thursday to challenge a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms. Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit filed the lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu, asking a judge to immediately prevent the law from taking effect and to invalidate the measure. The Maui law imposes a...

  • Senate committee to hold Takata air bag hearing Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    DETROIT— Add a U.S. Senate committee hearing to the growing list of troubles facing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp.. The hearing, announced Thursday, comes as Takata disclosed that it is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over air bags that can explode with too much force and send metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

  • Honda said "it is not aware of any claimed injuries or fatalities that have been confirmed" related to the issue. The action, upgrading Honda's "safety campaign" to a formal recall, comes a day after U.S. safety regulators, for the second time this week, ordered Honda to provide information under oath about its air bags. Honda is Takata's biggest customer, and the two...