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Former Hawaii woman found murdered in Nevada

KHON2 Local News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:13

Authorities are investigating the murder of a former Hawaii woman in Nevada.

It happened on Saturday, Feb. 17, in the city of Henderson, roughly 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

Our sister station, KLAS, identified the victim as Crystal Felipe.

Her boyfriend, Willie Bain, 42, faces one count of murder with a deadly weapon.

According to police, Bain called 911 at around 11:22 p.m. from a hotel parking lot and said they had an argument.

Bain’s arrest report says he told the dispatcher, “I beat her in the head. I don’t know if she is alive.”

Police found Felipe’s body lying near the rear of an SUV in a hotel parking lot with apparent head trauma. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A half-hour before Bain called 911, officers were called to the couple’s home to investigate reports of domestic violence.

A family member had found their three children unsupervised and blood in the garage.

According to the arrest report, their son called the family member after he overheard Bain and Felipe arguing, and said his mother screamed.

Bain later told police he hit Felipe with a hammer because he was upset she was seeing other men, police said.

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Rainbow Warriors rally to beat BYU, remain undefeated on the season

KHON2 Local News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:09

For the first time since 1999 the University of Hawaii baseball team is 4-0.

The Rainbow Warriors opened a four game series with former Western Athletic Conference rival Brigham Young University Thursday night with a 3-2 victory at Les Murakami Stadium.

Relief Pitcher Kyle Hatton earned the victory, working three scoreless innings allowing no hits with one strikeout.

Dylan Thomas posted his third save on the season, recording a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts.

At the plate, third baseman Ethan Lopez went 3-4 with a double. His eighth inning single led to Adam Fogel scoring on a throwing error to break a 2-2 tie.

Jackson Rees started the game for the ‘Bows earning no-decision, having recorded a line of six hits, two runs, and five strikeouts in five innings.

Four game series will continue Friday evening at 6:36 pm. The two teams will end the series on Saturday with a double header starting at 12:00pm.

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Lahni Salanoa leads Rainbow Wahine to first BWC road win at CSUN

KHON2 Local News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:02

The University of Hawai’i women’s basketball team snapped its six-game road losing streak against Big West Conference opponents, with a 56-54 nail-biting victory over CSUN on Thursday night at the Matadome.

The Rainbow Wahine (11-15, 4-9 Big West) rode the momentum set by junior forward Lahni Salanoa and senior guard Sarah Toeaina, picking up their first conference road win of the season. The Matadors (14-14, 7-7 Big West) have lost four of their last five contests and had their four-game home winning streak come to an end.

“The team stayed composed and fought all night long,” said head coach Laura Beeman. “Lahni (Salanoa) hit big shots, and Sarah (Toeaina) slashed to the basket to either score or find teammates, and our freshman front-court grew up tonight. Tonight was a great team win.”

Salanoa went on a tear with just under two minutes left to play in the second quarter and the opening minute of the third quarter. She scored 12 consecutive points, all three-point baskets, for a 12-0 UH run. The stretch took UH from a 24-18 deficit to a 30-24 lead at the 9: 04-minute mark of the third period.

CSUN answered later in the quarter retaking the lead at 42-41, but it was short-lived. The ‘Bows went on an 8-0 run, ending with a three-point basket by sophomore forward Makenna Woodfolk for a 48-42 advantage. The Matadors inched closer for an eventual tie at 52-52 with over three minutes to play. Salanoa answered again from long distance by hitting her career-high fifth three-pointer for a team-high 19 points and a 55-52 lead.

The home squad had their chances in the closing moments pulling within one at 55-54, but a stingy UH defense kept them in check. The most important defensive stand came in the last 10 seconds as the reigning BWC Player of the Year, Channon Fluker, missed a contested three-point shot, as Toeaina pulled down the defensive rebound, drawing the foul, leading to an out of bounds possession. UH drew a foul with two seconds on the clock putting junior guard Tia Kanoa at the line, hitting one of two from the stripe, ending the night with a 56-54 win.

Salanoa matched her career-high in points dating back Dec. 4, 2017, when she scored 19 against Montana State. The Oxford, California native shot 7-of-10 from the floor and 5-for-8 from beyond the arc.

Toeaina collected her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds while adding four assists to her stat line. Kanoa continues to be the trendsetter for assists in the conference with a game-high eight dimes, giving her a conference-high 125 on the year. She has recorded seven or more assists in three of her last four games.

The Rainbow Wahine will finish off the road portion of their regular season schedule with a stop at Long Beach State University on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. HT inside the Walter Pyramid.

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Audit claims Hawaii Tourism Authority spends extravagantly with little accountability

KHON2 Local News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:46

Extravagant spending and not enough accountability.

The state auditor says the Hawaii Tourism Authority is not ensuring that public funds are being used effectively and efficiently.

HTA is a semiautonomous agency, so it gets more freedom that other state agencies to operate.

Auditors say that freedom has led the agency to be less accountable and less prepared, allowing its contractors to “underperform and overspend.”

For example, mainland entertainment company AEG manages the Hawaii Convention Center with an annual budget of more than $20 million. AEG is required to submit receipts in order to be reimbursed.

Auditors spent seven months going through receipts and documents, and noticed AEG did not submit receipts for expenses like airfare, lodging, and meals at places like Alan Wong’s and Morimoto.

Some receipts that were submitted were what auditors called “extravagant,” such as $50,000 for first-class airfare, more than $400-per-night hotel rooms, compared to other employees’ lodging at an average of $266 per night, and even one-day chauffeur service for $369.

HTA board chairman Rick Fried says he appreciates the auditor’s findings, and there’s always room for improvement.

But Fried says HTA is not wasting taxpayer money, and what’s unclear in the audit is the state examined expenses from 2013 to mid-2016.

Since 2015, Fried says HTA underwent new leadership and has tightened the reins since.

“We have tightened it up a lot. There’s no question. AEG is now every month coming in, giving us detailed reports, which is new. We follow them very closely. They have to get approval on their budget, every item,” he said. “We’re bringing in dramatically more business, higher-end business. There’s always improvements that can be made. They address it and we respond to it and appreciate the concerns they raise, but generally speaking, we don’t agree with that.”

“There’s no verification that the cost was actually incurred. There’s no verification the cost was reasonable, that it was necessary,” said state auditor Les Kondo. “It’s public money, and that was our big finding. Given that it’s public money and they’re a public agency, they have to be more accountable. They have to be more responsible with public money.”

Based on those findings, the state thinks the scenario of what they call improper spending has likely happened before.

The audit stresses the agency’s mission to grow tourism is important for the state’s standard of living, so properly using public funds is vital.

The audit is 96 pages long and includes other findings.

Click here to view the full report.

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Firefighters keep Aiea garage fire from spreading to home

KHON2 Local News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:49

Firefighters rushed to Aiea Thursday afternoon after a fire tore through a home’s garage.

Crews arrived at Aiea Kai Place just after 1:40 p.m. Billowing black smoke could be seen from miles away.

No one was home at the time. A Board of Water Supply crew working nearby spotted the blaze and called 911.

“When we arrived, we saw that the garage was involved in fire,” said Capt. Jonathan Kam. “We got reports from Board of Water (Supply) crews that it appeared to have started in the back, possibly an electrical box, but it is still under investigation.”

“It was really intense. We heard some popping sounds, like an explosion,” said neighbor Dottie Penna. “That was loud, and we see the trees burning.”

The fire was extinguished by 2:30 p.m. and firefighters were able to keep flames from spreading to the home.

Everything in the garage was destroyed. No vehicles were parked inside.

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Kamehameha faculty member accused of having sex with student appears in court

KHON2 Local News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:14

A Kamehameha Schools faculty member accused of sexually assaulting a student appeared in court Thursday.

James Maeda, 24, was charged with nine counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of third-degree sexual assault.

Court documents claim that the girl was 14 years old and a student at the school when the two began a sexual relationship.

Maeda is free after posting $450,000 bail.

Kamehameha Schools has placed him on leave as the investigation continues.

He is expected back in court next month.

In a statement issued Saturday, Feb. 17, Kevin Cockett, Kamehameha Schools vice president of communications, said:

“Earlier today, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Head of School, Dr. Taran Chun informed parents of a situation we were made aware of concerning a student and teacher at our high school campus. These incidents are not okay. We take acts of abuse or inappropriate behavior seriously and do not tolerate any behavior that jeopardizes the safety and well-being of our students.

While we cannot disclose details of the case, the faculty member was immediately placed on indefinite administrative leave and we are cooperating fully with the Honolulu Police Department.

Our ability to keep students safe is our top priority. As we continue to strengthen our culture of safety at Kamehameha, it is our responsibility to encourage students to come forward and embrace an environment of vigorous and active reporting, and transparency.”

Click here to read the full letter from Chun.

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Hundreds attend Google’s workshop to grow small, local businesses

KHON2 Local News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:07

Hundreds of people gathered Thursday morning to learn how to grow their business online.

Google presented a free “Get Your Business Online” workshop to a packed house at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

The workshop is designed to help local businesses reach more customers with a digital presence.

“We have taken about two weeks worth of information and shoved it down to only a few hours, but we want to make sure that they know about all the different options available to them to help them grow their business online, and use Google tools,” said Whitney Cox. “Essentially, it’s up to the business owner to get home, figure out what’s going to be best for their business, and get to work.

“It’s not just important for business owners to know about this information. It’s also really really important for consumers as well,” Cox added. “So if you’re a consumer out there, going to business owners, leave reviews for them on Google maps, it’s really, really important that you share that experience with them, that you let them know about the time you had, so business owners know that you’re there and you liked doing business with them.”

This was the first seminar Google has conducted in Hawaii, and plans are in the works for more though details have yet to be determined.

Google also offers online tutorials to help business owners get started.

Click here for more information on Grow with Google.

Google is also offering free, customized marketing materials to small businesses via Google’s Small Thanks Hub.

The kits include: a custom printed poster, sticker, window decal, table sign as well as social media assets, featuring excerpts of real customer reviews.

Click here for more information on Small Thanks with Google.

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One arrested as authorities escort occupants off Coco Palms property

KHON2 Local News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:34

Armed with a court order, authorities escorted several Native Hawaiians off Coco Palms property on Kauai Thursday morning.

The group took up residence there nearly two years ago.

Several claim it is their ancestral land. They call themselves the kiai of Wailuanuiahoano, the caretakers of great, sacred Wailua.

“We came to make a stand to take care of this wahi pana (legendary place) over here, with all of our burials, loi, loko ias (fishponds), and take care of it,” Jessica Hanie said, who is kanaka maoli, or full-blooded Hawaiian, and has lived there for some time. “Nobody’s been malama-ing the aina for 25 years, even though we’ve had developers in here for the past 25 years. Nobody’s done anything, so all our sacred, official places are just overgrown. So now, because we come in here as kanaka maolis to malama the aina, then we’re wrong.”

Noa Mau-Espirito thought the group had until Friday, when he planned to go back to court to challenge the order to remove them. He said he had the documents to prove it.

“We need to see paperwork, because we have a letter from the attorney general that Judge Soong’s ruling is still pending,” Mau-Espirito said, referring to Judge Michael K. Soong, District Court of the Fifth Circuit, island of Kauai.

The joint operation was conducted by 25 state sheriffs, the Kauai Police Department, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Attorney General’s office, and private security officers employed by the property’s owner, Coco Palms Hui.

Officers temporarily closed Kuamoo Road between Kuhio Highway and the Opaekaa Falls parking lot in Wailua Homesteads as a safety precaution during the operation. The road was closed shortly before 8:30 a.m. and reopened at approximately 9:50 a.m.

“Our primary mission for today was to ensure the safety of all parties involved, which we will continue to do in all matters that we respond to,” said Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry.

“I empathize with our Hawaiian community in this very emotional dispute,” said Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. “As mayor, I understand the cultural and spiritual significance of this property. But above all emotions, I understand that we must all follow and respect the law. The court’s recent decision is very clear, and I continue to encourage all involved to move forward in a peaceful and respectful manner.”

One woman was arrested by sheriffs after refusing to leave the property. A trespassing charge is pending.

The historic Coco Palms resort has been closed since Hurricane Iniki tore through the state in 1992. Several developers have tried to rebuild since, but failed.

The property was purchased by Coco Palms Hui with plans to redevelop.

The new resort will feature 350 room units, 12,000 square feet of retail space, three restaurants, and a cultural center spanning over four acres that will focus on the education and significance of the site.

The owner says the project is fully approved, building permits are in place, and construction is scheduled to begin in four months.

The company said in a statement, “Coco Palms Hui LLC is grateful that this particular saga in the rebuild of the Coco Palms Resort is now history. We look forward to the next steps with final designs, engineering, permitting and then starting construction.”

In the meantime, sheriffs remain posted at the entrance to the property.

But the kiai of Wailuanuiahoano say it’s not over.

“We’re going to come back,” Hanie said. “We are going to come back and malama this place, because apparently the developers won’t. All they care about is their hotel. Well, that doesn’t feed the people.”

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Hawaii Island police investigate attempted murder in Puna after officer shot in leg

KHON2 Local News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:59

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an attempted murder after a police officer was shot in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in lower Puna Wednesday evening.

Around 10:22 p.m. officers were called to a reported assault on Oio Street. As officers approached the suspect’s residence, a man at the residence fired a single gunshot at police, striking an officer in the leg.

That officer (a 2-year member of the department) was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where he remains in stable condition.

The department’s Special Response Team was on scene along with Crisis Negotiators who were attempting to communicate with the suspect.

The suspect was taken into custody at 7:00 a.m.

Police advicse the public to avoid North Puni Makai Loop which is closed between Ono and Ohiki Streets as the investigation continues.

Stay with KHON2 on-air and online for more developments.

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Community voices concerns about Old Stadium Park homeless

KHON2 Local News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:31

Dozens of people gathered at the McCully Moiliili library Wednesday night.

Residents offered suggestions as well as frustration.

Some asked about enforcement, while others asked what’s being done to help homeless individuals get off the streets and into housing.

Representative Della au Bellatti spoke with residents about a community court pilot program meant to deal with non-violent offenders. “We do have a community court outreach program. It’s pilot program between the judiciary and the prosecutors and public defenders. That’s one avenue, one means through which we are looking to try to help address nonviolent offenders who comprise this population.”


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5th ranked Beach ‘Bows open season with UCLA & Stanford this weekend

KHON2 Local News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:40

The University of Hawai’i beach volleyball team kicks off the 2018 season by hosting the Rainbow Wahine Classic, Feb. 24 and 25, at the Clarence T.C. Ching Complex. The SandBows will host a pair of Pac-12 foes in No. 3 UCLA and No. 17 Stanford in round-robin action during the weekend.

“This will be a very challenging start to our season,” head coach Jeff Hall said. “We got two talented Pac-12 squads coming in for a fun-filled weekend of high-level volleyball. Our team has been training hard all year and we’re ready for the challenge.”

Jeff Hall & the 2018 Rainbow Wahine Beach Volleyball team

Hall begins his fourth year at the helm of the Rainbow Wahine beach volleyball program with one of his best teams yet. A total of 13 players-including eight starters-return from the 2017 squad that won a school-record 29 matches and finished third in the NCAA Championships. UH will make another title run this season with a team loaded by a pair of All-Americans in Morgan Martin and Emily Maglio, as well as five other all-conference players.

The Rainbow Wahine Classic is one of five home weekend events that UH will host this year, capped in late April by the Big West Championship. It wll be the first time the two-time defending champion SandBows will host the conference tournament. The 2018 NCAA Championships will once again be held in Gulf Shores, Ala., May 4-6.

Quick Set
Matches 1-4
What: Rainbow Wahine Classic
Who: No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 Hawai’i, No. 17 Stanford
When: February 24-25
Where: Clarence T.C. Ching Complex – Honolulu, O’ahu.
Live Stats:
Series History: UH is 5-3 all-time versus UCLA and 3-0 versus Stanford…UH and UCLA will meet for the first time since splitting a pair of matches at the 2016 NCAA Championships…the ‘Bows swept the Cardinal, 5-0, last season in Irvine, Calif.

This Week’s Schedule
Saturday, February 24
UCLA vs. Stanford              10:00 a.m.
Hawai’i vs. Stanford            1:00 p.m.
Hawai’i vs. UCLA                4:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 25 
Stanford vs. UCLA              10:00 a.m.
Hawai’i vs. UCLA                1:00 p.m.
Hawai’i vs. Stanford            4:00 p.m.

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Storm forced millions of gallons of sewer water to spill in Windward Oahu

KHON2 Local News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:34

This weekend’s rainstorm caused millions of gallons of sewer water to spill in Windward Oahu.

A brown water advisory is posted for Kailua and Lanikai beaches, along with Oahu’s North Shore.

The city Department of Environmental Services released start and stop times of rain-induced sewer spills, along with the amounts recovered by crews.

The breakdown includes 2.18 million gallons spilled from the Ahuimanu Pretreatment Facility and 6.5 million gallons spilled from the Kaneohe Pretreatment Facility.

The city says much of what spilled was storm water, and officials are asking everyone not to divert rain water into the city’s sewer system.

Location Start/Stop Times Est. Volume in Gallons Ahuimanu Pretreatment Facility 2 p.m. (2/18)/12:05 a.m. (2/19) 2.18 million Kaneohe Pretreatment Facility 2 p.m. (2/18)/12:20 a.m. (2/19) 6.5 million 45-1072 Grote Road 2:36 p.m. / 3:05 p.m. (2/18) 1,200 137 Popoia Road 6:09 p.m. (2/18)/1:06 a.m. (2/19) 63,765 (6,750 recovered) 431C Kawailoa Road 5:35 p.m. (2/18)/ 1:06 a.m. (2/19) 21,065 (21,065 recovered) 425C Kawailoa Road 7:45 p.m. (2/18)/ 1:06 a.m. (2/19) 14,565 (14,565 recovered)

The Ahuimanu Pretreatment Facility experiences an average daily sewer flow of 0.76 million gallons per day (mgd), but during the weekend storm received flows totaling 2.7 million gallons to 2.9 million gallons.

The Kaneohe Pretreatment Facility sees average daily sewer flows of 6.4 million gallons per day, but during the weekend storm received flows totaling 25.6 million gallons to 27.9 million gallons.

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Historic weekend ahead: ‘Bows open Big West Conference play vs. UC Irvine

KHON2 Local News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:10

History will be made this week when the University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team hosts its first-ever Big West Conference matches against UC Irvine, Friday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center. Friday’s match begins at 7:00 p.m., while Sunday’s match is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

After spending 24 years in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, UH (8-1) moved to the Big West this season after the league added men’s volleyball to its sports line-up. Along with the UH-UCI match on Friday, UC San Diego travels to UC Santa Barbara for a BWC match-up, marking a historic day for the conference.

The Rainbow Warriors enter this week’s series riding a 13-match home conference win streak dating back to 2016. In the midst of a 12-match homestand — its longest in 20 years — Hawai’i is 4-1 although two of those matches did not count towards its overall record.

UH continues to hold on to its No. 3 national ranking for the fifth consecutive week while UCI (10-3) fell one spot to No. 5 after dropping its second straight match. This week’s match-up features two of the top offenses in the country (UH #2 .362; UCI #4 .341).

UH has won the last four matches between the teams. UCI had won the previous 11.

Matches #10-11
Who: No. 3 Hawai’i (8-1) vs. No. 5 UC Irvine (10-3)
When: Friday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 25
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Fri.) & 5:00 p.,m. (Sun.)
Where: Stan Sheriff Center; Honolulu, O’ahu
Television Coverage: Spectrum Sports; Kanoa Leahey (play-by-play), Chris McLachlin (color)
Streaming Video:
Radio Coverage: NBC Sports Radio 1500AM (Friday), ESPN 1420AM (Sunday); Tiff Wells (play-by-play)
Audio Webcast: and
Live Stats: Available at
Tickets: Lower – Adult $14-16, Senior Citizen (ages 65+) $10, Student (4-HS) $5; Upper – Adult $14, Senior Citizen $10, Student $5; UH-Manoa students receive admission with validated ID.

Promotions: Coca-Cola is the sponsor on Friday and will distribute 500 Coke branded phone wallets and phone pop sockets prior to the match at Gate A.  Fans can register at the sports marketing table to participate in the “Volleyball Musical Chairs” contest during intermission for the chance to win a $50 Big City Diner Gift Card, and enter the “Lucky Seat Drawing” to win a Coca-Cola branded chair.  Hawaii Pacific Health is the sponsor of Sunday’s “Pink Night” contest and will distribute 300 pink trucker hats to the first 300 fans wearing pink apparel in support of breast cancer.  Fans can register at the sports marketing table to participate in the “Volleyball Musical Chairs” contest during intermission for the chance to win a free massage from Kapiolani Medical Center, and enter the “Lucky Seat Drawing” to win a “Healthier Hawaii” Hydroflask.

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Boutique hotel infuses Waikiki experience with unique, personal touch

KHON2 Local News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:04

Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, especially here in Hawaii.

But for Michael Dailey, success has been a constant.

As owner and operator of the boutique-style Equus hotel on the leading edge of Waikiki, Dailey finds success literally in the shadows of some of the largest hotel properties on the island.

He wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’d say so, because it allows us to set ourselves apart as a very individual and eclectic and iconic little property,” Dailey said.

With just 68 rooms spread over nine floors, he prides himself on having enough staff to deliver a complete hotel experience while being small enough to maintain a personal touch.

“It’s very satisfying and a very good feeling to talk to people and our guests and find that they’ve had a wonderful experience, that the trip to Hawaii has been special,” Dailey said. “When you’re in an urban area like this, the excitement is what’s all around you, and what we want to do with our guests is be their guide.”

Dailey’s family has been in the hotel business for decades, as previous owners of the old Waikikian hotel, home of the famous Tahitian Lanai restaurant. That property ultimately gave way to the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

From then to now, Dailey says success comes with hard work and staying focused on the customer.

“I think our formula is providing a 4- to 5-star experience at a 3- to 4-star price, and we want to always deliver more than what anybody is expecting,” he said.

Dailey also take pride in sharing another side of island life, beyond the beautiful beaches and coconut trees.

The hotel’s name, Equus, means horse in Latin. It’s the perfect name for man whose family has been involved in polo his entire life.

“We wanted to bring in another another side of Hawaiian culture and history. That’s the paniolo side,” Dailey said. “It’s a wonderful tale, and it’s a great backstory that I find our guests are really thrilled about something that most of them had no idea about.”

But more than anything, Dailey says his success as a businessman is tied directly to ensuring memories that will last a lifetime.

“We only have 68 rooms to fill, so we don’t need everybody,” he said. “We just need the people who are looking for unique, very authentic Hawaiian experience.”

The Equus is located at 1696 Ala Moana Boulevard. Click here for more information.

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Should state hospital patients with violent pasts be tracked post-release?

KHON2 Local News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:47

They’ve killed, raped, and grievously injured innocent people.

But when someone behind a violent crime is sent to Hawaii State Hospital, no one, not even the victim, knows when he or she is let out.

Much of their history is hidden by privacy laws, but one victim has made it his mission to push for change.

Getting to the top of the Koko Crater trail is quite an accomplishment. But for Nick Iwamoto, it brings nothing but bad memories.

On Feb. 1, 2009, Iwamoto was stabbed 18 times and pushed off the top of the crater. He was in the hospital for a month.

“It was a random, unprovoked attack,” Iwamoto said. “But I survived and it’s nothing less than a miracle. But I still deal with the fallout of the attack to this day.”

His physical wounds have healed, but his emotional wounds are still raw.

The man who attacked him, Benjamin Davis, was acquitted of attempted murder by reason of insanity and sent to Hawaii State Hospital.

According to court records, in October 2016, the court granted Davis a conditional release, and he was moved from the hospital to a group home off hospital property.

Two weeks ago, the court granted Davis permission to move from the group home to live at his parents’ house, adding salt to Iwamoto’s wounds.

“I didn’t know that my attacker had been released to live with his parents until you told me yesterday,” Iwamoto said. “This goes to show you the ineptitude of the state, that they will leave a victim of probably the most brutal attempted murder in this state’s history completely out of the loop at every turn.”

Davis is just one of a number of people who’ve been acquitted of crimes and sent to the state hospital but are no longer there.

Because of privacy laws, the public doesn’t have an easy way to find out when someone’s released.

We asked state lawmakers if there’s a chance of ever having a registry of people released from the state hospital, like there’s one for sex offenders.

“We certainly would like the public to have the right to know. I feel it’s incumbent on us to know who’s our neighbors,” said state Rep. John Mizuno, D, Health and Human Services Committee chair. “On one hand, we have the people on the sex offense registry and that’s crystal clear. I can find out. I can just go to the internet. On the other hand, the person who has a mental condition is protected by federal law.”

Not knowing about someone’s violent past can have deadly consequences. The Alcaraz family didn’t know about Emily Rauschenburg’s history when they took her into their care home.

In 1984, Rauschenburg was arrested for setting a Punchbowl boarding house on fire, killing a man. She was acquitted by reason of insanity and sent to the state hospital. She was eventually released.

Then in 2001, she stabbed her caretaker to death.

“She knew I didn’t like crackers, but she brought the crackers to annoy me,” Rauschenburg said in court in December 2002. “I just lost control, and I picked up the knife, and I stabbed her.”

In that case, Rauschenburg was sentenced to life in prison.

For that Alcaraz family, if only they had known.

“I lost a wife. It’s just like my life. But she is gone. All my children have suffered a lot,” the victim’s husband, Bartolome Alcaraz, said in June 2003.

Some doctors argue that mentally ill patients can be treated, and deserve a new lease on life.

But Iwamoto can’t come to grips with that, especially when he looks at what he’s gone through, and he doesn’t want anyone else to have to go through that.

“His reintegration into society has become more important than public safety, and that is unforgivable,” Iwamoto said.

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Hawaii Swish return to court this weekend, Prep All Stars to be honored at halftime

KHON2 Local News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:37

The American Basketball Association season rolls on for the Hawaii Swish (2-0) this weekend against the Akron Aviators.

The Swish, who have won six consecutive games dating back to last season will hit the court at the Blaisdell Center at 7:30pm on Sunday.

Former Chaminade standout Leon Ballard is off to a solid start to the 2018 season, leading the team in scoring at 24 points and 10 rebounds per game.

At halftime of the Swish and Aviators game, the players for the Hawaii Senior All-Star Classic will be introduced by the game’s founder and Swish president/guard Geremy Robinson.

Prior to the Swish game is an exhibition between the Honolulu Police Department and the Honolulu Fire Department.

For Swish tickets CLICK HERE // PROMOTION: 2 chidren (12 & under) free admission when wearing their youth team jersey, when accompanied by general admission paid adult.


March 3rd, 2018 at Blaisdell Arena

Girls game: Tip-off 3pm, Boys game to follow



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Smart garage adds hundreds of parking stalls to Ward Village

KHON2 Local News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:40

Hundreds of new parking stalls are now open at Ward Village.

A blessing was held for the Aeo Ward Village parking garage Wednesday.

Three-hundred-eighty-four stalls on levels four through six are now open in Aeo on Queen Street.

“This is fulfilling a promise that we made to take these surface parking lots that used to be throughout the neighborhood and turn them into smart convenient parking structures so that people can park once and walk throughout the neighborhood,” said Race Randle, senior vice president, Howard Hughes Corp.

The structure is equipped with technology to optimize parking guidance, reduce wait time, and improve overall traffic flow.

“As you pull into the parking structure, you’ll see a sign that tells you how many stalls are available on each floor, and then as you get up to the different floors, you’ll see lights in the parking stalls that will indicate whether the stall is open or not,” Randle explained.

The remainder of the parking structure will open this summer to coincide with the opening of the upcoming flagship Whole Foods Market on the building’s ground floor. Levels two and three will be designated for Whole Foods customers.

In all, 720 parking stalls will be added to the community.

Overnight parking is not allowed.

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Leadership change puts Sheehan at helm of Honolulu Police Commission

KHON2 Local News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:04

The Honolulu Police Commission has new leadership.

Loretta Sheehan was voted in as chair for the remainder of the year, replacing Max Sword. Steven Levinson will serve as vice chair.

Sheehan was very clear about her desire to overhaul the commission and make the commissioners more transparent and accessible.

For example, she suggested having all commissioners field questions from the media.

“It’s far more useful for the community, for the people we serve, if there’s questions the media has at the end of the open session, they should be asked right here, and they should be directed at any commissioner you want to talk to, and there should be no hesitation in asking questions,” she said. “We are allowed to have differences of opinion, because what unites us all in this room is that we want the best police department in the country, and we want to provide it with the resources and the support and the guidance and the criticism if need be to keep it that way.”

Sheehan also offered the expertise of individual commissioners as resources for the Honolulu Police Department.

“What I’d like to see is the commission becoming more of a board that you (HPD) would find a way to take advantage of all of our talents,” Sheehan said, pointing to fellow commissioners’ experience in business, finance, legislature, and media.

Sheehan also said she would like to have more communication with neighbor-island commissioners, especially with respect to legislation that could affect the entire state.

Sheehan was sworn in as a commissioner in August 2016.

She is an attorney in civil practice at Davis Levin Livingston and serves on the Board of Advisers for the Domestic Violence Action Center.

She previously served as Honolulu deputy prosecuting attorney and assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Hawaii.

About the Honolulu Police Commission

“The Honolulu Police Commission is made up of seven individuals appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. All members serve staggered terms of five years, volunteering their services and receiving no compensation. The commission elects its own chair and vice chair each year from among its members.The Police Commission has the following mandated responsibilities:

appoints and may remove the Chief of Police;

reviews rules and regulations for the administration of the Honolulu Police Department;

reviews the annual budget prepared by the Chief of Police and may make recommendations thereon to the Mayor;

receives, considers, and investigates charges brought by the public against the conduct of the department or any of its members and submits a written report of its findings to the Chief of Police.

The commissioners are committed to continue working proactively with the department to address problems regarding police conduct and other issues.”

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Saint Louis alum Yamamoto begins MLB spring training with Marlins

KHON2 Local News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:38

Major League Baseball’s spring training is underway this week in both Florida and Arizona.

All 30 teams have opened “Big League” camp with games starting on Friday.

In total, 11 players who were born, raised, or played collegiately in Hawaii were invited to spring training.

Three of those players are non-roster invitees, which is a golden opportunity for minor leaguers to speed up the road to the show.

Jordan Yamamoto is among the prospects in that position. The Saint Louis graduate was a Class-A advanced starting pitcher with the Brewers last season. He was selected by Milwaukee in the 12th round out of Saint Louis in the 2014 MLB draft.

Yamamoto was traded four weeks ago to the Miami Marlins in a deal for Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award winner Christian Yelich.

It was one of a flurry of trades for the rebuilding Marlins, which included a deal that sent reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees.

New Miami Marlins hurler @jyamaz21 on being traded from Milwaukee to Miami. More from Jordan heading into Big League Spring Training tonight on @KHONnews at 6.

— Sam Spangler (@SamSpanglerKHON) February 22, 2018

“I’m very excited for a new opportunity,” Yamamoto said. “Having, like you said, a rebuilding. It’s going to be a fun opportunity. I’ve gotten from both sides, from the Brewers and the Marlins, saying that I have a really good opportunity with them, with the Marlins, and I just can’t thank them enough.”

Yamamoto was electric with the Carolina Mudcats in 2017, compiling a 9-4 record with 113 strikeouts in 111 innings pitched with a 2.51 ERA, which lead the Carolina League. His walks plus hits per innings pitched (WHIP) ranked third in the league at 1.09.

“It’s a good confidence booster, but at the same time, I’m going to stay humble, keep my head down, and just keep doing what I’ve been doing for the past four years,” Yamamoto said. “I’m not going to go out there and be someone that I’m not and try and overpower people. I’m not a power pitcher. Just doing what I need to do and staying focused and in myself will be good enough.”

The 21-year-old former Crusader and his Marlins will open their Grapefruit League schedule Friday against Wong, Garcia, and the Cardinals.

The game will be shown on delay at 6 p.m. HST on the MLB Network.

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Student arrested after threat made at Leilehua High School

KHON2 Local News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:01

A student at Leilehua High School was taken into police custody Wednesday morning for terroristic threatening.

According to a letter from the school’s principal, “when we learned of a threat made this morning, we immediately notified the Honolulu Police Department. They have advised the school that there is no imminent threat to campus.

“When a threat comes in, no matter what it says, how it’s done, whether it’s on social media, verbally, or a written note, police are called and an investigation is launched,” said Department of Education spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz. “All of those resources are being put into this, and for individuals who feel this is fun, that this is something they can get attention for, they need to know there are severe consequences for their actions.”

The DOE says terroristic threats are considered Class A student conduct offenses. Penalties range from detention to dismissal with the possibility of arrest and serious criminal charges.

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School got out just before 1 p.m. and parents were notified about an hour later.

One student said the school did not inform them about what happened before class was dismissed.

“If someone was to hear about it, then there would be a lot of panic going on in the school,” said 11th-grader Alika Rosa. “It’s kind of scary, because it’s not funny and stuff. It’s something serious.”

“It makes me feel worried, worried for my kids, worried for other kids, and just worried about the community in general,” said father Lucas Rosa. “Just got to be aware of what’s going on, and just take the threats serious.”

The boy will be released from police custody to his parents, and a date will be set in juvenile court.

School officials say classes will continue as normal on Thursday.

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