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Hawaii House leaders propose hiking minimum wage to $18

Jan. 19, 2022 19:59 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers opened a new session of the Legislature on Wednesday with House leaders proposing to raise the state's minimum wage to $18 an hour and spend $600 million on housing for Native Hawaiians on the waiting list for Hawaiian homelands. The highest state...

US Navy to drain Hawaii tank system blamed for tainted water

Jan. 11, 2022 21:18 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — After initially resisting, the U.S. Navy will comply with Hawaii's order to remove fuel from a massive underground storage tank facility near Pearl Harbor blamed for contaminating drinking water, officials said Tuesday. The Navy is making preparations to defuel the...

Navy objects to recommendation it drain Hawaii fuel tanks

Dec. 29, 2021 23:41 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Navy on Wednesday filed objections to the conclusion by a Hawaii state official that it should be required to remove fuel from tanks it owns near Pearl Harbor. State Department of Health Deputy Director Marian Tsuji now has 30 days to consider the Navy's...

Water utility implores Navy to stop fighting Hawaii's order

Dec. 28, 2021 18:49 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The head of Honolulu's water utility said Tuesday he prays the Navy doesn't continue fighting an order to remove fuel from massive tanks that a hearings officer concluded pose “a metaphorical ticking time bomb” threatening drinking water. The Navy has until the...

Hawaii official agrees Navy must remove fuel from tanks

Dec. 27, 2021 23:10 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii state official on Monday agreed that the Navy should be required to remove fuel from massive fuel tanks it owns near Pearl Harbor, saying they pose “a metaphorical ticking time bomb” threatening the water supply of the state's most populous island. ...

Hawaii sees surge in coronavirus cases ahead of holidays

Dec. 21, 2021 16:47 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii health officials reported another 707 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases Tuesday, the fifth straight day of elevated infection numbers. Hawaii had a seven-day average of about 100 daily cases in early December. Now, after several days of high case...

Honolulu COVID-19 cases up fivefold over past 2 weeks

Dec. 17, 2021 17:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 cases in Honolulu has surged nearly fivefold in the past two weeks, according to data from the Hawaii state Department of Health. Oahu recorded a seven-day average of 251 cases on Friday, compared to 53 cases on Dec. 2. Other islands have...

Honolulu City Council urges Navy to shut down fuel tanks

Dec. 15, 2021 23:56 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Navy to immediately close a fuel storage facility blamed for contaminating tap water at military housing and threatening an aquifer used by both the military and Honolulu civilians. ...

Defense secretary monitoring Navy fuel spill in Hawaii

Dec. 14, 2021 14:18 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said he is monitoring the Navy's handling of jet fuel contamination in its Pearl Harbor drinking water system. In a statement Monday, Austin said he is “personally monitoring” the situation at a fuel storage facility in...

Navy contests Hawaii's orders to suspend, drain fuel tanks

Dec. 07, 2021 21:49 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy is contesting orders from Hawaii to suspend use of fuel tanks and drain them at a complex above an aquifer that supplies nearly 20% of Honolulu’s drinking water until certain conditions are met. The Navy has already said it was suspending use of the...