Latest Hawaii state government News

Graham resigns as Hawaii football coach amid controversy

Jan. 15, 2022 00:51 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Todd Graham resigned as the University of Hawaii’s football coach Friday, stepping down amid controversy after completing the second-year of a five-year contract. Graham resigned a week after former players and some parents testified before a state legislative...

Prosecutor: Judge wrong to acquit Hawaii lawmaker of DUI

Jan. 11, 2022 21:38 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu's top prosecutor said Tuesday a judge was wrong to grant an acquittal to a Hawaii lawmaker charged with driving under the influence after police saw her driving the wrong way down a major thoroughfare. In the middle of state Rep. Sharon Har's trial Monday,...

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...

Hawaii changes virus isolation, quarantine times in schools

Jan. 11, 2022 16:40 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii public schools are changing their COVID-19 isolation and quarantine rules to allow for shorter periods of time out of class. In alignment with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health and education officials announced...

Hawaii state representative acquitted of DUI

Jan. 10, 2022 21:29 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge on Monday acquitted a Hawaii lawmaker charged with driving under the influence after police saw her driving the wrong way down a major Honolulu thoroughfare. State Rep. Sharon Har pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and went to trial. Her...

Hawaii lawmakers hear football program concerns

Jan. 08, 2022 19:31 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii Board of Regents plans to address the issue of morale on the university's football team following a legislative hearing that featured testimony from former players and that the university system president criticized as one-sided. More than...

Hawaii council predicts tax revenue jump as tourism rebounds

Jan. 06, 2022 22:01 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Council on Revenues on Thursday predicted that the Hawaii's general fund tax receipts will surge 15% during the current fiscal year through June as tourism recovers from the COVID-19 downturn. During the next fiscal year, which runs from July through June 2023,...

Hawaii state parks agency requests more funds from lawmakers

Jan. 05, 2022 16:02 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The agency that operates Hawaii's state parks is asking lawmakers for more money to boost maintenance and staffing. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has requested $12 million in special funds for its State Parks division next fiscal year, Hawaii...

US agencies investigate Navy fuel leak's effect on civilians

Jan. 04, 2022 17:25 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. public health officials on Tuesday began investigating how civilians have been affected by the leakage of petroleum into Pearl Harbor's tap water from a Navy fuel storage facility. The Hawaii state Department of Health said it asked the Centers for Disease...

Hawaii top court overturns Maui telescope protect conviction

Jan. 04, 2022 16:41 PM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court has overturned a disorderly conduct conviction of a Native Hawaiian activist who blocked a construction convoy heading for the summit of Maui's Haleakala volcano to build a solar telescope. The court said there wasn't substantial...