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State roundup for January 3

Courthouse shut down on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — An electrical problem is forcing the Honolulu district courthouse to close for the day.

The Hawaii State Judiciary says the electrical issue at Kauikeaouli Hale has affected elevator and escalator service and water service above the fourth floor.

The judiciary says court hearings scheduled for Wednesday morning and afternoon have been cancelled and rescheduled.

The Hawaii Supreme Court issued an order extending by one day any Honolulu district court matter with a Jan. 2 filing or hearing due date.

Court officials say the building should reopen to the public this morning.

Man injured in zip line accident

LAHAINA, Maui (AP) — A man who fell off a zip line was taken to Maui Memorial hospital where he was in stable condition.

Emergency personnel were called to Skyline Eco Adventures at the Kahoma Ranch located above Lahaina early on New Year’s Eve. They say three motorcyclists trespassed onto the ranch.

One of them then got stuck midway on one of the skylines when he tried to use a rope to slide down the line. The 25-year-old man held on as long as he could, but eventually fell approximately 45 feet.

Emergency personnel stabilized the man and hiked him out of the valley. He then was taken to the hospital.

Coast Guard cutter arrives

HONOLULU (AP) — A new Coast Guard ship has arrived in Hawaii.

The Cutter Morgenthau is replacing the Cutter Jarvis, which was taken out of active service in October.

The Morgenthau arrived at its new homeport of Honolulu on Monday. The crews of the two ships officially swapped boats during a change of command ceremony in November.

The 43-year-old ship has a long history. It conducted naval gunfire support and patrol duties during the Vietnam War.

Caldwell sworn in as mayor

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is marking his inauguration as the leader of Hawaii’s largest city.

Caldwell was sworn into office on Wednesday by Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna.

Five city council members also took the oath of office at Mission Memorial Auditorium.

Caldwell’s office says he wants to foster a new era of mutual respect and cooperation with the city council. But his office says he acknowledges some differences of opinion are to be expected.

The former acting mayor and state representative was elected in November when he defeated former governor Ben Cayetano.

Caldwell won 53 percent of the vote while Cayetano won 45 percent.

Caldwell served as acting mayor in 2010 after then-Mayor Mufi Hannemann resigned to run for governor.


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