US defense chief in Hawaii amid distrust after fuel spill

  • Protestors hold signs outside the gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Friday. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Hawaii this week amid lingering community frustration and distrust after jet fuel from a military storage facility last year spilled into Pearl Harbor’s drinking water, poisoned thousands of military families and threatened the purity of Honolulu’s water supply.