A Hawaiian Airlines flight bound for Maui was forced to turn around this morning and return to Honolulu International Airport.
Airport officials say the airlines said flight HAL114 had a problem with one of its engines.
The Boeing 717-200 safely landed at 6:32 a.m. Tuesday.
No one was hurt and there was no damage. There were no reported injuries.
No word on what exactly went wrong.
HILO – At 9 a.m. Sheriff Division Fugitive Unit Deputies assigned to Big Island operations arrested Chantel Andrade in Hilo. She was arrested on a felony indictment. Andrade will be charged with accident involving death or serious bodily injury and driving without a license. In addition, she has one criminal misdemeanor bench warrant and seven traffic misdemeanor bench warrants. Deputy Sheriffs will be transporting her to Oahu today to be processed on those warrants as well.
The 40-year-old woman was arrested in connection with a deadly hit-and-run on the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu in April, that police believe was intentional.
If Andrade can’t post bail, she will eventually be taken to the Oahu Community Correctional Center to await her next court appearance.According to court documents, Andrade has been arrested on five separate occasions for driving without a license and without motor vehicle insurance. The most recent arrest occurred in November 2014.
For the second time in 2015, a Maui County police officer has been arrested to DUI and for refusing to submit to blood, urine or saliva tests.
The most recent infraction happened yesterday afternoon. Three-year Maui Police Department veteran officer John Salomon, a 39 year-old Pukalani resident, was arrested for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant and Refusal to Submit to Breath, Blood, or Urine Test. The stop happened at 1:53 p.m.
Salomon’s credentials and firearm(s) have been surrendered and he is currently on personal leave. He was released after posting bail in the amount of $1,350.00.
On May 31, Officer Rachel Garvin was arrested for the same charges – including the field test refusal.
In April of this year, Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Jon Riki Karamatsu resigned his post after being arrested for the same charges – including the refusal. It was his second OVUII arrest.
Officer Salomon has made the news twice before. In September, 2014, Salomon was among the graduating class of MPD’s Crisis Intervention Training, a comprehensive course designed to aid officers in the field to reach non-violent ends to situations that otherwise may have ended badly.
Also, Salomon was the first officer to respond – just three days before the graduation – when a car pulled up to the Lahaina Police station with a very pregnant woman inside. Salomon and three other officers assisted with the delivery on the scene.
Honolulu – Rick Blangiardi has been named Hawai’i’s Distinguished Citizen for 2015 by Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council. The award, one of Hawai’i’s longest-standing honors, will be presented at the 35th annual Hawai’i’s Distinguished Citizen event on August 27 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
This honor is awarded annually to a Hawai’i resident whose leadership in business, industry, government, education and other community endeavors has significantly contributed to the vitality of our state. Blangiardi, general manager of Hawai’i News Now (KGMB and KHNL) took the helm of the newly formed combined operation in 2009, creating Hawai’i’s most watched television news. In addition to his dedication to providing the best news programming to kama’aina locally and those watching around the world, he is an avid community contributor, providing leadership at board level for the nonprofit organizations that take care of Hawai’i’s people.
“The Boy Scouts Aloha Council helps shape the next generation of leaders and shows our young men the value and joy of giving back to their community, said Rick Blangiardi, General Manager of Hawai’i News Now. “It is truly an honor to be recognized by this organization that teaches our youth the importance of character, leadership and service.”
A dedicated supporter of Hawai’i’s nonprofits, Blangiardi currently serves on the board of directors for the Boy Scouts, Hawai’i Food Bank, Hawai’i Red Cross, Hawai’i Theater Center, YMCA of Honolulu and the Pacific Aviation Museum. He is a trustee for the Public Schools of Hawai’i Foundation, where his guidance supports the mission of strengthening the quality of public education in Hawaii by innovation from within.
“Rick’s proven leadership and commitment to the community make him one of Hawaii’s most distinguished citizens,” said Jeff Sulzbach, Scout Executive and CEO of Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council. “We are grateful for his role as a leader within our organization, and proud to bestow this honor upon him. Hawai’i is a better place as a direct result of Rick’s commitment to our community.”
Prior to starting his career in broadcast television, Blangiardi, who has a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Hawaii, spent eight years as a college football coach – six of which were for UH. Blangiardi left the coaching ranks as a Defensive Coordinator/Associate Head Football Coach.
Blangiardi has been an executive in the television industry for more than 38 years, succeeding in senior executive positions in many of the nation’s most competitive markets. Before returning home to Hawaii, Blangiardi was President of Telemundo Holdings Inc., where he was responsible for the operations of Telemundo’s 11 owned and operated stations throughout major markets in the United States and Puerto Rico. A key highlight of his tenure was leading the sale of Telemundo in 2001 to NBC for $2.7 billion, the largest deal in NBC’s history.
Blangiardi’s record of leadership is long, including former stints as President of the Aloha Council and the University of Hawai’i’s Football Booster Club, Na Koa, Executive Director of Ahahui Koa Anuenue, and Chairman of Chamber of Commerce Hawai’i. He served on the Board of Directors at Central Pacific Bank, and on the Board of Regents for Chaminade University. He has also been honored as Hawaii’s Sales Person of the Year 2010 and UH Distinguished Alumnus 2014.
Honolulu – Noboru and Elaine Kawamoto are living separately now because the State does not allow two private pay clients in a community care foster family home (CCFFH) as space needs to be available for Medicaid clients. Noboru and Elaine are able to pay their own way (private pay) but because of the State requirement Elaine has to live away from Noboru and only sees him on weekends. Vice Speaker John M. Mizuno (Kamehameha Heights, Kalihi Valley and portion of Lower Kalihi) introduced HB600 which would allow married private pay couples to be cared for in the same CCFFH.
Janice Stinson, daughter of Elaine and Noboru, and her daughter Emiko, arrived on Tuesday to visit and to assist her parents in their efforts to get back together. “I find it difficult to believe that there is a State law that bars my parents from living together after 67 years of marriage. They dearly love each other and miss each other because they are separated.” said Janice. “I am a health care professional in California with a PHD in Nursing and spent 38 years in the Navy Nurse Corps. Throughout my career I have understood the need for married couples to be together.”
Granddaughter Emiko adds “I don’t understand how there can be a law keeping a married couple of 67 years apart. My grandparents have been great role models for me my whole life and to see them kept apart now, makes me sad.”
The Kawamoto’s son Norman says “We have always been a close knit family. My Mom and Dad really miss each other very much being separated. There is nothing complicated about it; they simply want to live out their days together. They enjoy the basic things in life: watching TV together, singing songs together. The passage of HB600 will allow them to return to the life they have always enjoyed.”
Jonathan and Arlene Hanks, Noboru’s caregivers, offered “We support the Kawamoto family, Noboru and Elaine, we are here for them, and will help them in any way possible. We want to see HB600 pass into law. It’s just common sense; it’s the right thing to do.”
HB600 has passed both houses and is going to a conference committee next week to hopefully iron out the differences in the House version and the Senate version.
Vice Speaker John M. Mizuno adds “HB600 is the Cinderella bill of the 2015 legislative session because it involves a love story of a married couple of 67 years, separated by a State regulation which does not allow them to live in the same community care foster family home. I’ve always said that marriage is a fundamental right and the State should not have the right to deprive this married couple the right to live together in the same community care home. Noboru fought in World War II and defended our country and now that he is 94 years of age, we feel the urgency to pass this bill and allow Elaine and Noboru to enjoy their golden years together.”
Honolulu – Noboru Kawamoto, who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and fought in Italy during World War II, lives in a Community Care Foster Family Home (CCFFH) in Kaneohe and is a private-pay patient meaning he does not rely on Medicaid as he is able to pay his own way.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) requirement is that only one private-pay client can reside in any one CCFFH. Elaine, Noboru’s wife for the last 67 years, because of the DHS requirement, is unable to stay in the same home with her husband and only sees him on weekends.
A similar bill was passed into law in 2009 but had a sunset date which was not extended. The current bill, HB600, will now probably go to a conference committee unless one of the houses agrees with the amendments made in the other chamber.
“I understand the need to provide long term housing for Medicaid patients” said Rep. Mizuno who introduced the bill. “It is not the intention of the bill to displace our Medicaid patients, but making an exception to allow couples who have spent their entire lives together to share their final years with each other needs to allowed. It’s just the right thing to do. It will not change the face of the Medicaid program.”
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