Red Cross: Be prepared for any disaster

In light of Saturday’s false ballistic missile alert, the American Red Cross on Monday reminded Hawaii residents to remain prepared for any disaster, natural or man-made. Although the chances of a nuclear attack are low, the chances of a hurricane or tsunami striking Hawaii are significantly greater, and require similar preparations, said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the American Red Cross’ Hawaii chapter.

Mayor’s lobbyist will not need to register with the state

A state Ethics Commission attorney has cleared Mayor Harry Kim’s contracted lobbyist to perform his duties without registering as a lobbyist, according to county Corporation Counsel Joe Kamelamela. Kamelamela asked for the opinion after County Council members questioned why contracted employee Andy Levin wasn’t registered with the state as is required of lobbyists lobbying on behalf of third parties. Registered lobbyists are required to submit regular reports detailing how much they spend on lobbying activities.

Crews free entangled humpback whale near Maui

WAILUKU, Maui — A humpback whale spotted near Maui has been freed of braided line caught in its mouth. A joint statement from state and federal agencies says the entangled whale was freed on Friday.