Articles by Caleb Jones

Fatal Hawaii Ambulance Fire Linked to Oxygen Device

Preliminary findings from an investigation into an ambulance fire that killed a patient and injured a paramedic last month show the blaze originated in an oxygen device that is routinely used, officials in Hawaii said. The Aug. 24 fire killed …

Hawaii Hurricane Season Forecasted to be Slow With La Nina

Hawaii and the Central Pacific basin should expect two to four hurricanes, tropical depressions or tropical storms this year, federal forecasters said. The annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration outlook predicts there is a 60% chance of a below-average season. …

Deadly Hawaii Helicopter Crash Was ‘100% Preventable’

Federal investigators blamed a deadly 2019 helicopter crash in Hawaii on the pilot’s decision to keep flying into worsening weather, and in a report this week they accused regulators of lax oversight of air tours that are popular among tourists …

Monsanto Pleads Guilty to Pesticide-Related Crimes in Hawaii, to Pay $12M in Fines

The Monsanto Co. pleaded guilty to illegally using and storing agricultural chemicals in Hawaii, and will pay $12 million in fines. Monsanto, now owned by German pharmaceutical company Bayer, agreed to plead guilty to the charges in December. U.S. District …

Hawaii Recouping from Large Storm Amid Lingering Flood Threats

A slow-moving storm that knocked out power, swamped dozens of homes and sent creeks and streams surging had mostly passed over Hawaii on Tuesday, though the threat of flooding lingered in some already-drenched areas. Showers were tapering off on Oahu, …

M5.2 Quake on Hawaii’s Big Island Felt as Far Away as Kauai

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has hit off Hawaii’s Big Island. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit less than 3 miles offshore of the northwest coast of the Big Island Monday. The earthquake was about 17 miles below …

Hawaii Can Expect 2 to 5 Storms During Hurricane Season

The central Pacific basin including Hawaii can expect between two and five tropical depressions, tropical storms or hurricanes this year, federal forecasters said Wednesday. The annual National Weather Service prediction said there is about an 80% chance of a near …

Officials Release Details About Deadly Hawaii Skydiving Crash

Federal officials released documents this week that provide details about one of the deadliest civil aviation accidents of the past decade, including testimony from people who had varying accounts of the crash pilot’s flight habits. The public docket contains reports …

Molokai Homeowners Sue Maui Over Vacation Rental Permits

A vacation rental association and four homeowners have filed a federal lawsuit against the county of Maui claiming their rights have been violated by restrictions placed on short-term vacation rentals on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. In a statement released …

Pacific Hurricane Forecast Complicated by Coronavirus

The Central Pacific basin including Hawaii should expect to see between two and six tropical storms or hurricanes this year, federal forecasters said this week. The annual National Weather Service prediction came as wary Hawaii residents begin to emerge from …