Latest Hawaii state government News

Hawaii schools chair wants active shooter preparation policy

May. 25, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The head of the Hawaii Board of Education said it's time to consider developing a public school policy on preparing for active shooter scenarios. Catherine Payne spoke after a gunman killed 19 fourth-graders and their two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde,...

University of Hawaii requires masks indoors amid COVID spike

May. 24, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii said Tuesday it will require masks indoors across its 10-campus system amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the islands. The new rule takes effect Wednesday. Those working alone or who are separated by more than 6 feet from others will be...

Hawaii governor signs student journalism protections bill

May. 23, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday signed legislation providing freedom of speech and press protections to students publishing school-sponsored media at Hawaii public schools and the University of Hawaii. The “Hawaii Student Journalism Protection Act” also...

Hawaii bill promotes zero-emission travel between islands

May. 19, 2022 21:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers this year passed legislation creating a working group to develop ways to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions on transportation between the islands. Sen. Chris Lee said at a news conference on Thursday that Hawaii has some of the highest...

Hawaii gets $14M in federal funding to help forest birds

May. 16, 2022 20:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is on course to receive $14 million in federal funding to help protect endangered forest birds and other species, officials said Monday. U.S. Rep. Ed Case, a Democrat from Hawaii, said the funding will help the state fight mosquitoes that threaten birds found...

U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele announces bid for Hawaii governor

May. 09, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Kaiali’i Kahele announced over the weekend that he will run for Hawaii governor in the upcoming Democratic Primary. Kahele, who currently represents Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, told supporters on Saturday in his Big Island hometown of Hilo...

House arrest for Hawaii man accused of killing wife's lover

May. 06, 2022 21:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge ordered a Hawaii man into house arrest Friday after a prosecutor argued his wealth makes him a flight risk and he poses a danger to his wife after allegedly killing her lover. Prosecutors wanted Eric Thompson behind bars after a grand jury indicted him for...

Former Honolulu mayor ends campaign for Hawaii governor

May. 04, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The former mayor of Honolulu has pulled out of the race for Hawaii governor. Kirk Caldwell announced in a statement Wednesday that he is ending his campaign for governor in the upcoming Democratic primary election. Caldwell served as Honolulu mayor for two terms,...

Hawaii Legislature passes bill raising minimum wage to $18

May. 03, 2022 20:11 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers passed legislation Tuesday that would hike the state's minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2028, potentially the highest in the nation. Advocates say the raise is badly needed in a state that routinely tops lists for most expensive housing and cost of...

Flush revenue leads means funds for Native Hawaiian programs

May. 03, 2022 01:10 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are on course to commit $600 million to a long-underfunded program providing housing and land leases to Native Hawaiians as they wrap up the current legislative session this week. The allocations come after Hawaii tourism and state tax revenues...