State roundup for March 1


Flight attendants ratify contract

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants have ratified a new contract covering work on new Airbus planes the airline plans to buy.

Hawaiian announced the ratification Wednesday, about one month after pilots finalized their own contract for the A321neo.

The unions needed new contracts because industry customs require different pay and work conditions for different airplanes.

Hawaiian plans to buy 16 of the jets. Each will seat about 190 passengers in first and economy class.

The airline may use the planes to launch new nonstop routes between U.S. West Coast cities and Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.

The airplane’s smaller size and fuel efficiency also will give Hawaiian the option of using it fly to one or two smaller U.S. West Coast cities the airline currently doesn’t serve.

Missing Kauai swimmer sought

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — Rescue crews are resuming their search for a Kauai man who failed to return from a swim near Ninini Beach.

The Coast Guard, Kauai Fire Department and state Department of Land and Natural Resources crews planned to look for the missing 55-year-old again on Thursday.

The search began Tuesday night when a family member reported he hadn’t returned home after going for a run and swim earlier that afternoon. The search continued Wednesday but crews suspended their work at dusk.

Kauai police say the man is from Kilauea, but they haven’t released his identity.

The Coast Guard is using a helicopter, cutter and coastal patrol boat to look for the man. The fire department is using sonar to search the shoreline.

Honolulu panel OKs tent bill

HONOLULU (AP) — A City Council committee has given initial approval to a bill that would make it harder for people to set up tents on Oahu sidewalks.

The Public Safety and Economic Development Committee approved the measure on Tuesday. It now goes to the full City Council for a public hearing.

Under a city ordinance, city officials tag and then wait 24 hours before removing tents and other personal items from city sidewalks. The bill under consideration would do-away with the 24-hour notice. Property owners would then have 30 days to retrieve their items for a fee, though the fee could be waived if contested successfully.

A spokesman for the mayor says city employees on Tuesday tagged items left on sidewalks in more than a dozen locations.

Navy identifies missing Navy SEAL

HONOLULU (AP) — Military officials have identified the Navy SEAL who went missing last week off Oahu during an open ocean training swim.

The Navy has identified the missing SEAL as 33-year-old Matthew John Leathers of Woodland, Calif. He was training off Kaena Point when he became separated from his unit.

The Coast Guard, Honolulu lifeguards and firefighters, along with Navy and Marine Corps crews, searched over 24,000 square miles using aircraft, cutters and small boats, but found no sign of Leathers. The search was suspended Sunday.

Leathers enlisted in the Navy on Aug. 11, 1998 and reported to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One at Pearl Harbor on Aug. 24, 2004.

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