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State roundup for February 15

Coast Guard says laser pointed at plane

HONOLULU (AP) — The Coast Guard says someone pointed a laser at a C-130 aircraft as it approached Kalaeloa Airfield in Honolulu.

Hawaii News Now reports that Coast Guard officials say the incident on Oahu occurred Tuesday night as the plane was approaching the runway.

The Coast Guard says it was the third laser-related incident on Coast Guard aircraft since October.

Hawaiian Airlines to add flights to Sendai, Japan

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines says it is planning a new route between Honolulu and Sendai, Japan.

Airline officials said Thursday the service three times weekly will begin June 25 if the Japanese government approves.

The airline says flights will fly direct from Honolulu to Sendai and stop in Sapporo from Sendai on the way back to Honolulu.

Officials say it’s the first link between Sendai and Hawaii since another airline stopped its service in 2004.

Hawaiian Airlines currently flies from Hawaii to five Japanese cities.

Honolulu man found guilty in drug case

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu man has been found guilty in a methamphetamine drug case and will spend at least 10 years in prison.

A federal jury on Wednesday found 56-year-old Mario Cesar Torres of Waipahu guilty of distributing methamphetamine and conspiracy.

U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors say Torres faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years and could be sentenced to life in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 3.

Prosecutors say Torres delivered about a pound of methamphetamine on two occasions, and was the driver on a third transaction in which a passenger delivered about one pound of methamphetamine.

The drug transactions occurred between August 2010 and January 2011.

Historic trading post building razed

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The remains of a historic building on Kauai that was destroyed in a fire has been razed.

The Garden Island ( reports that the Hanamaulu Trading Co., which housed the former Hanamaulu Post Office and several other businesses, was taken away by front loader on Wednesday.

The fire in December caused an estimated $1.3 million in damages.

Owners Deane and Joaquina Abben hope to rebuild. Joacquina Abben says the aim is to have the rebuilt structure look almost the same as the old one.

Abben’s husband bought the buildings from Lihue Plantation in 1977, and moved them to the site the following year while the couple lived in the small plantation camp outside of Hanamaulu.

The couple is in the process of getting bids to rebuild.


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