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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 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...

Hawaii shifts from treating COVID pandemic like an emergency

Apr. 27, 2022 22:16 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's top public health officials said Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic is still active but is moving into a new phase of the disease, in which people can test themselves at home and ideally avoid serious illness thanks to vaccination and the use of therapeutic treatments. ...

Hawaii reaches $328M deal with homelands waitlist plaintiffs

Apr. 26, 2022 22:43 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Tuesday that the state has agreed to pay $328 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by 2,700 Native Hawaiians who languished on a waitlist to receive homestead leases and suffered other harms from the mismanagement of the Hawaiian homes program....

Tourists must make reservations to visit iconic Hawaii site

Apr. 25, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Out-of-state visitors will soon need reservations to visit one of Hawaii's most recognizable natural sites. State land officials announced Monday the new policy for Diamond Head State Monument will take effect on May 12. The iconic ancient volcanic...

Hawaii officials consider new uses for virus screening tech

Apr. 04, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials in Hawaii are looking for new ways to use the state's “Safe Travels” program that was implemented to screen visitors during the pandemic. Hawaii’s $37 million travel policy, which ended last month, required travelers to upload a negative COVID-19...

Hawaii sees increase in COVID-19 omicron variant cases

Mar. 31, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Mirroring much of the U.S. and the world, Hawaii is seeing an uptick in the more transmissible BA.2 omicron variant. According to a state Department of Health report, BA.2 now makes up four out of every 10 new coronavirus cases in Hawaii. Health...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Mar. 31, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

Kingsport Times News. March 29, 2022. Editorial: Governor Lee’s proposed tax relief is laughable Inflation is costing the average American household an additional $300 a month, prompting some states to step up and help residents cope. In Maine, Gov....

Hawaii governor extends COVID-19 food assistance spending

Mar. 24, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation allowing federal funds to continue to flow to food assistance recipients during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic national public health emergency, his office said Thursday. The proclamation allows $18 million...