Articles by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press

Hawaii School Settles with Drowned Boy’s Family for $7.2M

The family of a 5-year-old boy who drowned during a kayaking excursion has reached a $7.2 million settlement in a lawsuit against the Hawaii private school that operated the spring break program. In announcing the amount Monday, lawyers for the …

Hawaii Teen Gets $150K Settlement for Arrest by Classmate’s Dad

The Honolulu City Council has approved a $150,000 settlement in a lawsuit that accused a police officer of improperly arresting a boy who had a personal dispute with his son. The family’s federal lawsuit alleged that Officer Kirk Uemura had …

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 …

Hawaii’s Quarantine is Reasonable During Pandemic, Judge Says

A U.S. judge will not stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, saying in a ruling that the emergency mandate is reasonable during the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A group of Hawaii, California and …

Tropical Storm Drenches Hawaii With Rain

A gradually weakening tropical storm hit Hawaii on Wednesday, soaking a part of Maui and sending gusts of wind that toppled trees and cancelled flights at a number of airports in the state. Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa urged residents and …

Hawaii’s Big Island Feels Effects of Approaching Hurricane Lane

As emergency shelters opened, rain began to pour and cellphone alerts went out, the approaching hurricane started to feel real for Hawaii residents. Hurricane Lane was forecast to continue i Hurricane Lane was forecast to continue its northwest turn into …

Hurricane Lane Weakening as it Approaches Hawaii, But Still Strong

Hurricane Lane has weakened as it approaches Hawaii but was still expected to pack a wallop, forecasters said Wednesday, as people hurried to buy water and other supplies and the Navy moved its ships to safety. The National Weather Service …

Hawaii Officials Worry Earthquakes from Eruption Could Damage Roads

Officials on Hawaii’s Big Island, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing huge amounts of lava for months, are bracing for the possibility that frequent earthquakes will cut off a major highway. Emergency officials dealing with the eruption are turning …

‘Stable’ Flow Lets Some Hawaii Lava Evacuees Return to Homes

Officials on Hawaii’s Big Island let some people back into their homes and scaled down emergency operations this week as lava flowed into the ocean on a path that wasn’t threatening new areas. “We’ve pretty much thrown everything at this …

Hawaii Volcano Lava Destroys 117 Homes on Big Island

Lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano has destroyed more than 100 homes in a rural Big Island district. As of Monday, lava burned down 117 homes, said Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder. On Friday, the count was at 87 homes. …