Aloha spirit churned out by 'shochu' venture

Dec 28, 2014

Aloha spirit churned out by 'shochu' venture

In a self-built single-room facility in the small North Shore beach town of Haleiwa, Hawaii, Ken Hirata is distilling a unique kind of liquor. The 46-year-old Hirata and his wife, Yumiko, moved to Hawaii from Japan three years ago to start Hawaiian Shochu Co., ...

Dec 26, 2014

Swollen streams strand 62 Kauai hikers, some for days

Firefighters in Hawaii rescued more than 60 hikers, including some who were stranded for days, after heavy rain made streams too swollen to cross on the island of Kauai. The Kauai Fire Department was notified Wednesday that some hikers were stranded in a valley ...

Hawaii inaugurates second Japanese-American governor

Dec 2, 2014

Hawaii inaugurates second Japanese-American governor

With the inauguration of David Ige on Monday, the state of Hawaii welcomed its eighth governor, a third-generation Japanese-American and the second governor of Japanese ancestry for the state. “I stand here today in the shadow of my parents’ and my grandparents’ accomplishments because ...

National Guard heads to Hawaii town threatened by river of lava

Oct 31, 2014

National Guard heads to Hawaii town threatened by river of lava

A contingent of National Guard troops was dispatched to a Hawaii town on Thursday to provide security to the Big Island community threatened by a river of molten lava that is slowly creeping toward the town’s main road, an emergency official said. The lava ...

Oct 30, 2014

Chigasaki deputy mayor dies on Hawaii sister-city trip

A Japanese deputy mayor who worked to establish a sister-cities relationship with Honolulu died a day after an agreement was signed with the Hawaii city. Takehiko Kimura, 63, deputy mayor of Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, died Saturday after he was pulled from the water off ...

Storm passing 'dangerously close' to Hawaiian area

Oct 20, 2014

Storm passing 'dangerously close' to Hawaiian area

A powerful Pacific storm was passing “dangerously close” to Kauai, prompting forecasters to issue a tropical storm warning for the Hawaiian island. Early Sunday, the center of Hurricane Ana was about 120 miles (190 km) south of Kauai and 125 miles (200 km) southwest ...

Sep 23, 2014

Lava flow threatening homes in Hawaii stalls

Lava threatening rural communities on Hawaii’s Big Island has essentially stalled for now, officials said Monday, but that isn’t putting anyone at ease. A Hawaii County Civil Defense flight over the area found that the surface flow had not advanced in the past 24 ...

Aug 12, 2014

Ship rescues three stranded in rough seas off Hawaii

A container ship crew on Monday rescued three people who had been stranded in a sailboat off the Hawaiian islands for about 24 hours as Hurricane Julio battered their vessel with high winds and giant waves. The sailors were pulled aboard the container ship ...