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More wind farm protesters arrested

KAHUKU, Hawaii — More protesters opposed to a wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore have been arrested.

Dozens of protesters trying to block equipment from getting to the construction site were arrested Sunday night and Monday morning.

Honolulu police say 27 people were arrested Sunday night in west Oahu where the equipment convoy departed from. Police say another 13 people were arrested Monday in Kahuku, where the project is located.

They were arrested for disobeying an officer.

Last week, 55 protesters were arrested during another equipment convoy.

Opponents say the turbines pose health risks and are noisy. The energy company building the project says wind turbines are safe and the noise is comparable to light traffic.


Oahu plans temp homeless project

HONOLULU — A pilot project aimed at reducing problems related to Oahu’s homeless population is scheduled to begin offering a temporary hub for homeless services, officials said.

The two-pronged approach to reducing homelessness and related crime will include a crackdown on violations and the opening of a “navigation center,” The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday.

Waipahu Cultural Garden Park northeast of Honolulu will host the center offering a range of social services called the Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered Persons.

The temporary center located at Hawaii’s Plantation Village will be made of inflatable, wind-resistant structures. The center that will remain no longer than 90 days before the project is relocated to a different city park.

Researchers find 2nd warship from WWII Battle of Midway

Vessel is sitting in a pile of debris


The Associated Press

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway.

Vulcan Inc.’s director of undersea operations Rob Kraft and Naval History and Heritage Command historian Frank Thompson reviewed high frequency sonar images of the warship Sunday and said that its dimensions and location mean it must be the carrier Akagi.

The Akagi was found in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument resting in nearly 18,000 feet of water more than 1,300 miles northwest of Pearl Harbor.

The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship. The vehicle had been out overnight collecting data, and the image of a warship appeared in the first set of readings Sunday morning.

The first scan used low-resolution sonar, so the crew sent their AUV back to get higher-quality images.

“I’m sure of what we’re seeing here, the dimensions that we’re able to derive from this image (are) conclusive,” Kraft said. “It can be none other than Akagi.”

The vessel is sitting among a pile of debris and the ground around the warship was clearly disturbed by the impact of it hitting the seafloor.

“She’s sitting upright on her keel, we can see the bow, we can see the stern clearly, you can see some of the gun emplacements on there, you can see that some of the flight deck is also torn up and missing so you can actually look right into where the flight deck would be,” Kraft said.

The find comes after the discovery of another Japanese carrier, the Kaga, last week.

“We read about the battles, we know what happened. But when you see these wrecks on the bottom of the ocean and everything, you kind of get a feel for what the real price is for war,” said Frank Thompson, a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C., who is onboard the Petrel. “You see the damage these things took, and it’s humbling to watch some of the video of these vessels because they’re war graves.”

Until now, only one of the seven ships that went down in the June 1942 air and sea battle — five Japanese vessels and two American — had been located.

The crew of the research vessel Petrel is hoping to find and survey all lost ships from the 1942 Battle of Midway, which historians consider a pivotal victory for the U.S. in the Pacific during WWII.

The battle was fought between American and Japanese aircraft carriers and warplanes about 200 miles (320 kilometers) off Midway Atoll, a former military installation that the Japanese hoped to capture in a surprise attack.

U.S. military forces, however, intercepted Japanese communications about the strike and were waiting when they arrived. More than 2,000 Japanese and 300 Americans died.

The expedition is an effort started by the late Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft. For years, the crew of the 250-foot (76-meter) Petrel has worked with the U.S. Navy and other officials around the world to locate and document sunken ships. It has found more than 30 vessels so far.

Kraft said the crew’s mission started with Allen’s desire to honor his father’s military service. Allen died last year.

“It really extends beyond that at this time,” Kraft said. “We’re honoring today’s service members, it’s about education and, you know, bringing history back to life for future generations.”

Tide top Vols after Tagovailoa injury

Saint Louis grad has surgery on ankle, to miss at least 1 game


The Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama leaned on the old formula once quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with an ankle injury: big defensive plays and running the ball.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide turned to the defense and tailback Najee Harris once the high-flying passing game was grounded, pulling out a 35-13 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

The Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) faced its first test of the season without last season’s Heisman Trophy runner-up against the five-touchdown underdogs. Both starting quarterbacks left the game before halftime, and the Volunteers (2-5, 1-3) put up a fight much of the way.

Tagovailoa exited with a high ankle sprain in the second quarter. On Sunday, Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tagovailoa had what’s known as a “tightrope” procedure on his right ankle. He says it’s the same injury the Saint Louis School graduate suffered in the Southeastern Conference championship game last season, just to the other ankle — he played in the playoff semifinal game against Oklahoma 28 days after the injury last season.

Saban predicted “a full and speedy recovery” for Tagovailoa, but the QB will miss next week’s game against Arkansas.

Tagovailoa told teammates he’d be “back for LSU” on Nov. 9, linebacker Terrell Lewis said after Saturday’s game.

By the time Tagovailoa was injured, Tennessee freshman Brian Maurer had already left with a concussion for the second straight week, replaced by former starter Jarrett Guarantano.

The end result was familiar: Alabama’s 13th consecutive win over the rival Vols.

“This is the first time we really had to grind one out and we really had to make plays,” Saban said.

The biggest came when Trevon Diggs recovered Guarantano’s fumble on fourth-and-goal from the 1 and raced 100 yards for a touchdown to end the threat. Tennessee could have cut the deficit to a touchdown, down 28-13.

Diggs said he knew he was going to score.

“There was a lot of green grass,” he said. “It was probably my favorite play since I’ve been here.”

Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt had some angry words for Guarantano as the quarterback walked toward the sideline, pointing his finger toward him and briefly grabbing at his facemask.

“We’ve run two quarterback sneaks earlier in the game by pushing the pile,” Pruitt said. “We could either go back with it or run a sneak, and we elected to run a sneak and he shouldn’t have jumped over the top.

“He should have pushed it there over the middle.”

Harris was already delivering before Tagovailoa’s injury. He wound up running for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and adding 48 yards on four catches. It was the second straight 100-yard game for a playmaker often overshadowed by Tagovailoa and the passing game.

Alabama got a cushion when reserve wide receiver Slade Bolden threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Miller Forristall in the end zone with 4:55 left in the third. Bolden did a celebratory dance toward the sideline, where he was swarmed by teammates.

It was a needed pick-me-up with the Vols riding momentum and having cut it to 21-13 with a field goal. The defense then made a stop with Lewis sacking Guarantano on third down.

Tagovailoa finished 11-of-12 passing for 155 yards but also threw an interception on first-and-goal from the 2 when he scrambled around and forced the ball. Backup Mac Jones passed for 72 yards.

Air Force hammers UH 56-26


The Associated Press
HONOLULU — It’s likely that Mike Schmidt won’t soon forget his first trip to Hawaii.
Air Force’s backup quarterback came off the bench to account for four touchdowns and the Falcons beat  the University of Hawaii football 56-26 on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
Air Force (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West), which had 324 total yards by halftime, scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and seven of 10 overall.
Schmidt, a fourth-year senior with just three carries for 28 yards  — and no pass attempts — in five career games prior to Saturday, relieved starter Donald Hammond III, who left the game midway through Air Force’s first possession after falling on his right (throwing) shoulder.
“It’s a pretty great business trip,” Schmidt said. “It’s a beautiful place to be and we played a great team tonight and just playing with my buddies is the best feeling in the world. It’s a memorable trip for sure.”
Schmidt rushed for 120 yards on 14 carries, including scores of 1, 61 and 18 yards. He also completed five of six passes for 147 yards, with a 75-yard TD pass to Geraud Sanders, who finished with three receptions for 116 yards.
Air Force coach Troy Calhoun referenced legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden when he spoke about Schmidt seizing the moment.
“You hope that every guy realizes that there can be an opportunity. There was a pretty good basketball coach that worked at UCLA and one of his favorite sayings is, ‘If I’m prepared then perhaps my chance will come,’ and Mike works extremely hard and it’s neat to see a guy get an opportunity and he made the utmost of it,” Calhoun said.
Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich said the Falcons’ change at quarterback did not have an effect on his team, but he credited Schmidt for his performance nonetheless.
“I don’t think so, I think they run their offense and maybe he’s better at certain things,” Rolovich said. “I don’t think that was necessarily what we saw tonight. I mean, they found something they wanted to work and he was very effective for them.”
Timothy Jackson ran for 113 yards and a touchdown and Kadin Remsberg added 91 yards and two scores on the ground for the Falcons.
Hawaii’s Cole McDonald threw for 404 yards and three touchdowns on 34-of-52 passing with one interception — which Milton Bugg III returned for a 92-yard pick-6 in the closing minutes.
Jared Smart caught 11 passes for 140 yards for the Rainbow Warriors (4-3, 1-2), who finished with 486 total yards, but committed two turnovers and allowed four sacks.
UH next travels to Albuquerque to face New Mexico next Saturday.
Air Force 7 21 7 21—56
Hawaii 3 17 0 6—26
First Quarter
HAW—FG Meskell 41, 9:46
AF—Remsberg 2 run (Koehnke kick), 6:09
Second Quarter
AF—Schmidt 1 run (Koehnke kick), 14:35
HAW—Stovall 59 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 13:44
AF—G.Sanders 75 pass from Schmidt (Koehnke kick), 13:33
HAW—FG Meskell 27, 6:19
AF—Remsberg 7 run (Koehnke kick), 3:34
HAW—Stovall 5 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 2:04
Third Quarter
AF—T.Jackson 10 run (Koehnke kick), 7:19
Fourth Quarter
HAW—J.Ward 10 pass from McDonald (pass failed), 14:54
AF—Schmidt 61 run (Koehnke kick), 13:37
AF—Schmidt 18 run (Koehnke kick), 7:49
AF—Bugg 92 interception return (Koehnke kick), 4:01
First downs 22 26
Rushes-yards 51-353 20-82
Passing 169 404
Comp-Att-Int 6-7-0 34-53-1
Return Yards 1 136
Punts-Avg. 2-48.5 3-44.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-1
Penalties-Yards 6-55 5-50
Time of Possession 29:52 30:08
RUSHING—Air Force, Schmidt 14-120, T.Jackson 13-113, Remsberg 11-91, Murla 3-11, Birdow 6-11, Hammond 1-9, Stoner 1-5, (Team) 1-(minus 1), G.Sanders 1-(minus 6). Hawaii, McDonald 10-41, Reed 6-36, Holly 3-8, Cordeiro 1-(minus 3).
PASSING—Air Force, Hammond 1-1-0-22, Schmidt 5-6-0-147. Hawaii, Cordeiro 0-1-0-0, McDonald 34-52-1-404.
RECEIVING—Air Force, G.Sanders 3-116, Waguespack 1-39, Birdow 1-16, T.Jackson 1-(minus 2). Hawaii, Smart 11-140, Byrd 7-59, J.Ward 6-89, Sharsh 4-38, Stovall 3-71, Phillips 2-10, Holly 1-(minus 3).

Gabbard fires back at Clinton suggestion she’s Russia’s pawn


The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. — It’s Hillary Clinton vs. Tulsi Gabbard on the sidelines of the 2020 presidential race.

The Hawaii congresswoman fought back unsparingly after Clinton appeared to call her “the favorite of the Russians” in a recent interview and said she believes the Russians have “got their eye on somebody who’s currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate.” Clinton, the former senator, U.S. secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, did not name Gabbard directly.

In a series of tweets Friday, Gabbard called Clinton the “personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.” Gabbard also alleged there has been a “concerted campaign” to destroy her reputation since she announced her presidential run in January.

“It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me,” Gabbard tweeted about Clinton. “Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”

There is lingering trepidation in the Democratic Party of a repeat of the 2016 presidential race, when Russia interfered in the U.S. election in an effort to help Donald Trump defeat Clinton. U.S intelligence agencies have warned that Russia intends to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, as well. Russian President Vladimir Putin has mocked that possibility, joking earlier this month that Moscow would “definitely intervene” again.

During a Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, Gabbard criticized a TV commentator who she said had called her “an asset of Russia.” She called the comments “completely despicable.”

Without naming Gabbard, Clinton seemed to echo the commentator’s remark during a podcast appearance this week on “Campaign HQ with David Plouffe.” Plouffe was campaign manager for President Barack Obama in 2008 and served as served as a senior adviser to the president.

“She’s the favorite of the Russians,” Clinton said, referring to the person she had earlier identified as a woman “who’s currently in the Democratic primary.”

“They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”

Clinton also called Trump “Vladimir Putin’s dream” in the interview. She went on to say that Trump’s inauguration speech was “like a declaration of war on half of America.” Clinton also describes 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein as “a Russian asset.”

The Russians know they can’t win without a third-party candidate, Clinton added.

Gabbard said later Friday on CBSN that she “will not be leaving the Democratic Party. I will not be running as an independent or a third-party candidate.”

In a tweet Friday, Stein accused Clinton of “peddling conspiracy theories to justify her failure instead of reflecting on real reasons Dems lost in 2016.”

Hawaii’s lack of pro bono lawyers is affecting immigrant asylum

HONOLULU (AP) — A shortage of Hawaii attorneys who can handle cases on a pro bono basis is hampering the progress of immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S., officials said.

As many as 150 Central American migrants seeking asylum who have found their way to Hawaii from the southern U.S. border with Mexico need the free legal services, Hawaii Public Radio reported Thursday.

About 40 migrant families from countries including Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador were sent to Hawaii, officials said. Many have fled violence.

“We have been seeing people arriving here in Hawaii quite often with no English skills whatsoever. They’re coming from pretty poor environments and they’re given a plane ticket and a notice to show up in court,” said John Egan of the Refugee and Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Hawaii Law School.

Egan and his law students have taken a dozen pro bono cases of asylum-seekers, he said.

“Honestly, I have to say that some of these cases, we’re just taking them because no one else can. What we have started now is a new project to recruit volunteer lawyers who are not immigration attorneys and bring in additional legal help,” he said.

Even though it is more likely migrants would win their cases if they have lawyers, there is no guarantee asylum would be granted, Egan said.

Egan said he hopes immigrants would make their court appearances in the coming months with lawyers by their side.

Rainbow Wahine dominate Highlanders in sweep

The Maui News

Amber Igiede had 11 kills, and Hanna Hellvig and McKenna Ross each added 10 as the 22nd-ranked University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team swept past UC Riverside on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

Igiede also had three blocks while hitting .714 for the match, and Hellvig added eight digs in the Rainbow Wahine’s 25-17, 25-18, 25-12 victory.

UH (15-3, 5-2 Big West Conference) dominated in every statistical category: .242 to .022 in hitting percentage, 10.0-6.5 in blocks, 40-28 in digs and 5-0 in aces.

Norene Iosia had 17 assists and 19 digs, and Bailey Choy had 13 assists for Hawaii.

Ayla Fresenius led the Highlanders (5-13, 1-6) with seven kills.

The Rainbow Wahine next host UC Davis on Sunday.

Vrabel says Titans looking for spark with switch to Tannehill, won’t rule out return to Mariota

The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans want to jump-start an offense that has just one touchdown over the past 10 quarters, so they’re turning to veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill and benching Marcus Mariota.

At least for Sunday.

“We’re trying to get a little spark, trying to evaluate what we’re doing and how we’re functioning as an offense,” coach Mike Vrabel said Wednesday.

Tannehill, the eight-year veteran with 88 career starts for Miami, will make his first Tennessee start against the Chargers (2-4).

“I just felt like now was the time,” Vrabel said.

Not that Mariota, the No. 2 pick overall in 2015 and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner with Oregon, is benched for the final 10 games left on his $20.9 million contract.

“I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Vrabel said of the Saint Louis School graduate starting again this season. “This is a decision that we made for this week. We’re going to need Marcus in some form or fashion throughout the season, but I think the most important thing is this week.”

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said his team will be preparing for both quarterbacks. He coached against Tannehill when he was in the AFC East and noted that Tannehill played against the Chargers a couple years ago too.

“He’s a good player,” Lynch said of Tannehill. “He can move around, create, throw the ball.”

Vrabel didn’t make the move to bench Mariota in a vacuum.

The second-year head coach said controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, general manager Jon Robinson and other coaches were part of the decision.

The Titans (2-4) have scored just 98 points through six games — and the defense, the NFL’s No. 5 scoring unit, contributed an interception return for a touchdown to that total.

Now Tannehill is getting his shot after being acquired from Miami in March via trade, a move originally made to upgrade the backup QB position. The eight-year veteran has a career quarterback rating of 87 and has 20,578 yards passing with 123 touchdowns and 76 interceptions. The eighth overall pick out of Texas A&M in 2012, Tannehill is being paid $1.75 million under a one-year deal.

“It’s been a little while since I was a starter right? Almost half a year?” Tannehill said. “But it’s nothing new for me to go out and play football. It’s what I love to do. I love competing … and being on the field. So nothing new, just different colors.”

Tannehill was 13 of 16 for 144 yards with one interception on 30 snaps coming off the bench in the 16-0 loss in Denver. He also was sacked four times and now has been sacked 252 times in his career.

The Titans have allowed an NFL-worst 29 sacks despite an offensive line they have heavily invested in.

Taylor Lewan became the league’s highest-paid left tackle last year, left guard Rodger Saffold was the fourth-highest paid lineman signed in March, center Ben Jones got an extension Aug. 30 and the team used draft picks on rookie right guard Nate Davis (third-round pick) and right tackle Jack Conklin (No. 8 pick overall in 2016).

“This isn’t a fail by Marcus,” Saffold said. “This is a fail by this offense, and we just have to understand that.”

Vrabel benched Mariota in the third quarter after 40 snaps, the first time he had been pulled because of poor play and not injury. Mariota was 7 of 18 for 63 yards and two interceptions. Mariota said he was disappointed at not taking advantage of his opportunity.

“I can learn and grow from this situation,” Mariota said. “This isn’t going to bring me down. This isn’t going to end my career. This is an opportunity for me to grow, and I’m going to make the most of it.”

In his career, Tannehill is 42-46 as a starter with one winning season at 10-6 with Miami in 2016 while never playing in a postseason game. Mariota is 29-32 as a starter, though he is 1-1 in the playoffs.

Convicted ex-police chief files for divorce


The Associated Press

HONOLULU — A retired Honolulu police chief convicted of conspiracy in Hawaii’s biggest corruption case wants a divorce from his wife and co-defendant, a former deputy city prosecutor.

Louis Kealoha filed for divorce Tuesday, according to court records.

A jury in June convicted him and Katherine Kealoha of conspiracy in a plot to frame her uncle to keep him from revealing fraud that financed their lavish lifestyle.

Prosecutors said during the trial that the Kealohas framed the uncle for stealing their home mailbox because they wanted to maintain their power and prestige.

Katherine Kealoha’s uncle Gerard Puana and her grandmother had sued her, alleging she stole money from them in a reverse mortgage scheme. She then conspired to frame Puana for stealing the mailbox so no one would believe him, prosecutors said.

Jurors watched a deposition of Kealoha’s grandmother, Florence Puana, describing the reverse mortgage scheme that forced her to sell the family home her husband built. The now-100-year-old grandmother wasn’t able to testify in person because of her failing health.

After the Kealohas were convicted, a judge ordered Katherine Kealoha detained. Her husband was allowed to remain free on bond.

The Kealohas are facing another trial for bank fraud and identity theft.

Prosecutors say Katherine Kealoha bilked banks, relatives and children whose trusts she controlled.

The Kealohas have pleaded not guilty, and a trial is scheduled for January. An attorney for Katherine Kealoha has said they are negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors.

Katherine Kealoha faces a third trial on drug-dealing charges with her pain physician brother. She and her brother, Dr. Rudolph Puana, have pleaded not guilty.

The Kealohas have often arrived at court together holding hands and wearing color-coordinated outfits.

The two met while getting their master’s degrees in criminal justice administration at Chaminade University, a small Catholic school in Honolulu, according to a 2010 Mid-Week newspaper article about how the new chief was instilling Native Hawaiian values while leading the police force.

Court hearings have aired evidence of Katherine Kealoha allegedly lavishing bilked money on a firefighter lover.

According to his divorce complaint, Louis Kealoha is representing himself. Under the section “grounds,” Kealoha checked the box for “The marriage is irretrievably broken.”

The Kealohas have a college-aged daughter.

Defense attorneys for the Kealohas couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

AP source: Titans bench Mariota for Tannehill


The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans are making a change at quarterback in hopes of salvaging their season.

Tennessee will start Ryan Tannehill at quarterback instead of Saint Louis School graduate Marcus Mariota on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the change.

Coach Mike Vrabel benched Mariota in the third quarter of a 16-0 loss in Denver, the first time the No. 2 pick overall in the 2015 draft had been pulled from a game for poor play and not because of injury. Vrabel said Monday the Titans (2-4) would decide who would start against the Chargers (2-4) by Tuesday and then tell both quarterbacks and the rest of the team.

Now Tannehill will get his first start since the Titans acquired the veteran in March from Miami through a trade initially designed to improve Tennessee’s backup to Mariota.

“Ryan was an elite quarterback in this league … no longer than a year ago,” Titans tight end Delanie Walker said Monday before the decision was made to start Tannehill. “He can take over a team. He can make plays, control the offense. I mean, I seen him do it in Miami.” first reported the switch at quarterback Tuesday night.

The Titans had made it clear all offseason that Mariota was their starter until the No. 2 pick overall in the 2015 draft turned in his worst performance in Denver. Mariota was 7 of 18 for 63 yards and was intercepted twice for his first turnovers of the season. He also was sacked three times.

Mariota went into that game as the NFL’s only quarterback without a turnover, but his interception-free streak ended late in the first half at 205 straight passes when Chris Harris picked him off. Mariota is being paid $20.9 million under the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, and he has a 91.7 passer rating with seven touchdown passes and the two picks.

Tannehill was 13 of 16 for 144 yards while being sacked four times after coming off the bench for the second time this season. He also played at the end of a season-opening rout in Cleveland. He started 88 games in Miami, including 11 last season.

This is the eighth NFL season for Tannehill, who has a career quarterback rating of 62.9, having thrown for 20,578 yards with 123 touchdowns and 76 interceptions. The eighth overall pick out of Texas A&M in 2012, Tannehill is being paid $1.75 million under a one-year deal.

The Titans hope Tannehill jump-starts an offense that has scored 98 points all season, including one touchdown over its past 10 quarters. Tennessee has lost four of five.