Police arrest 18 for DUI

Big Island police arrested 18 motorists for suspected drunken driving between March 21 and Sunday. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic crash; one was younger than age 21.

Ukrainians stranded in Hawaii get help from canoe paddlers

KAILUA, Oahu — A Ukrainian family who came to Hawaii for a long-awaited vacation ended up watching from the islands in shock as bombs started dropping on their country. Now, more than a month later, they remain stranded on Oahu without access to their house, money, family or friends.

Biden planning to tap oil reserve to control gas prices

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is preparing to order the release of up to 1 million barrels of oil per day from the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve, according to two people familiar with the decision, in a bid to control energy prices that have spiked as the U.S. and allies have imposed steep sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine

7 hurt in Arkansas tornado as storms move into Deep South

Severe storms that included at least two confirmed tornadoes injured several people Wednesday, damaged homes and businesses and downed power lines in Mississippi and Tennessee after they spread damage in Arkansas, Missouri and Texas overnight before moving to the Deep South.

My Turn: Commercial tour helicopters/small aircraft don’t belong in our precious national parks

Growing up in Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was our playground, from family hiking, picnicking, camping and visiting Pele, to the beginnings of understanding of our natural and cultural worlds. Later, with Haleakala National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes formed the foundation of appreciation of the fragility of nature under threat, of the ‘aina as a living, breathing, spiritual being, of our desperate need in this busy world for special places of beauty, solitude, silence, reflection, refuge and peace.

Editorial: Jan. 6 phone record gap hints that Trump may have committed crimes

A steady drip of evidence continues to indicate that former President Donald Trump may have personally committed crimes in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection. A federal judge said as much on Monday, finding that facts show it is “more likely than not” Trump on that day committed the federal crimes of obstructing Congress and conspiring to defraud the U.S.

U.S. Men’s soccer team clinches World Cup berth

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica — It was not quite spring break, but the United States men’s soccer team traveled to Costa Rica this week carrying all the stress and psychological burden of second-semester college seniors.