Latest Hawaii state government News

Pearl Harbor-area schools report fuel-like odor in water

Nov. 29, 2021 20:14 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Two elementary schools near Pearl Harbor say “fuel-like” smells were coming from water lines on their campuses, the state Department of Education said Monday. The news came a day after the Navy said it was investigating reports of a chemical smell...

$377 million rental car center to open at Honolulu airport

Nov. 29, 2021 15:27 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A $377 million rental car center with room for 4,500 vehicles is scheduled to open at Honolulu's airport this week. The five-story facility will allow rental car companies to house their operations in the same centrally located, covered airport...

Hawaii groups want US to shut down military fuel tanks

Nov. 24, 2021 22:45 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Citing threats to Honolulu's drinking water, the Sierra Club of Hawaii and other groups on Wednesday called on President Joe Biden and military leaders to shut down tanks that provide an important fuel reserve for U.S. forces in the Pacific. “Enough is...

Hawaii counties ease COVID-19 rules at restaurants, bars

Nov. 23, 2021 21:12 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Most of Hawaii's counties on Tuesday said they will allow restaurants and bars to operate at 100% capacity and eliminate a requirement that groups sit 6 feet (1.83 meters) apart at restaurants as the state eases some restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. ...

Man locked up because of mistaken identity sues Hawaii

Nov. 23, 2021 01:57 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A formerly homeless man who ended up in a mental institution for more than two years because of mistaken identity is suing the state and various Honolulu police officers, Hawaii public defenders and doctors. Joshua Spriestersbach's attorneys say in a...

Honolulu LGBTQ nightclub files federal discrimination suit

Nov. 22, 2021 21:54 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Liquor Commission and the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is discriminating against a Honolulu LGBTQ nightclub and its community, according to a federal lawsuit. The owners of nightclub Scarlet Honolulu said in the lawsuit...

Testing shows Hawaii students at least 1 grade level behind

Nov. 19, 2021 14:02 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Most Hawaii public elementary and middle school students are at least one grade level behind, testing data showed. Three-quarters of students in first through eighth grades were at least one or two grade levels behind in math after the first quarter of...

As holidays near Hawaii restaurants want end to virus rules

Nov. 18, 2021 14:29 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — With the holidays approaching, restaurants in Hawaii want the state to ease coronavirus restrictions that limit their ability to fill their dining rooms. Despite capacity rules being eased for businesses that comply with vaccination checks, the state is...

Hawaii's pandemic travel rules could remain into next year

Nov. 16, 2021 12:58 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's policy of requiring vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test to bypass quarantine rules for people entering the state will likely stay in place into next year, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said. Green told Hawaii News Now he doesn't think the “Safe...

No 3rd trial against federal agent in fatal Hawaii shooting

Nov. 15, 2021 20:59 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Ten years after a federal agent shot and killed a man during an altercation in a Hawaii fast-food restaurant, Honolulu's prosecuting attorney announced Monday his office will not seek a third trial in the case. U.S. State Department Special Agent...