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State roundup for July 8

1 flight canceled after SFO crash

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say only one flight from Honolulu to the San Francisco Bay area was canceled due to the deadly crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight.

The state Department of Transportation says that was the only cancellation among the eight arrivals and seven departures scheduled for San Francisco at Honolulu International Airport.

A flight was en route from Honolulu to San Francisco International Airport at the time of Saturday’s crash landing. That flight was diverted to Los Angeles.

At least two people died and another 182 were injured after the Boeing 777 slammed onto the runway while landing at SFO and caught fire.

Honolulu-Taipei service launched

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines is launching its service to Taipei.

The inaugural flight is scheduled to leave Honolulu International Airport early Tuesday.

The airline says the new nonstop service capitalizes on the extension of the U.S. visa waiver program to include citizens of Taiwan. The program permits visa-free travel to the U.S. for eligible travelers visiting for 90 days or fewer for business or tourism.

The flights will be three times a week.

Sentencing in hammer attack

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — A woman charged with stabbing a man with a hammer at a homeless encampment in Kihei has been sentenced to one year in jail.

Amanda Blizzard, 35, was also placed on five years’ probation.

Blizzard was arrested in February and accused of striking the man in the back with the hammer as he bent over to pick up a piece of wood. Blizzard pleaded no contest to second-degree assault.

During Wednesday’s sentencing, Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo told Blizzard her “hot-headedness” needs to stop.

Rail art program sparks interest

HONOLULU (AP) — A committee is reviewing hundreds of submittals to create public art in stations of Honolulu’s planned rail system.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation says more than 400 art submittals were received.

The authority put out a nationwide call for artists for the $5 million public art program. The project will highlight work created by artists who have a strong understanding of and affinity for Hawaii’s history and culture.

The art will be displayed at the 21 stations along the route that will connect Kapolei with Ala Moana Center. The art will also be displayed at the train control center in Waipahu.

After review by the transit art committee, those who qualify will compete for 25 art opportunities.


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