Latest Hawaii state government News

Hawaii's new Gov. Green aims to end tax on food, medication

Dec. 05, 2022 21:17 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Josh Green took the oath of office on Monday and immediately vowed to address homelessness and housing, and ask the Legislature to help eliminate the state's tax on food and medication. Green said in his inaugural address that he wanted to get rid of...

Hawaii eruption brings tourism boon during slow season

Dec. 02, 2022 06:59 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The spectacle of incandescent lava spewing from Hawaii's Mauna Loa has drawn thousands of visitors and is turning into a tourism boon for this Big Island town near the world’s largest volcano. Some hotels in and around Hilo are becoming fully booked in what is...

Prayers? Bombs? Hawaii history shows stopping lava not easy

Dec. 01, 2022 20:38 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Prayer. Bombs. Walls. Over the decades, people have tried all of them to stanch the flow of lava from Hawaii's volcanoes as it lumbered toward roads, homes and infrastructure. Now Mauna Loa — the world's largest active volcano — is erupting again, and lava is...

Viewers flock to watch glowing lava ooze from Hawaii volcano

Dec. 01, 2022 06:56 AM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The world's largest volcano oozed rivers of glowing lava Wednesday, drawing thousands of awestruck viewers who jammed a Hawaii highway that could soon be covered by the flow. Mauna Loa awoke from its 38-year slumber Sunday, causing volcanic ash and debris...

Lava from Hawaii volcano lights night sky amid warnings

Nov. 30, 2022 11:03 AM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Waves of orange, glowing lava and ash blasted and billowed from the world’s largest active volcano in its first eruption in 38 years, and officials told people living on Hawaii’s Big Island to be ready in the event of a worst-case scenario. The...

Hawaii Gov. Ige looks back on coronavirus, tourism shutdown

Nov. 27, 2022 09:28 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — As Hawaii's governor, David Ige faced a volcanic eruption that destroyed 700 homes, protests blocking construction of a cutting-edge multibillion-dollar telescope and a false alert about an incoming ballistic missile. During the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism shut down and Hawaii's...

Democrat Schatz re-elected to US Senate from Hawaii

Nov. 09, 2022 02:54 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat, on Tuesday was re-elected to another six-year term, defeating Republican state Rep. Bob McDermott. "We’ve got a tremendous amount of challenges across the state of Hawaii. Huge challenges, but also huge opportunities,"...

Democrat Green defeats Aiona to be Hawaii’s next governor

Nov. 09, 2022 02:44 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Lt. Gov. Josh Green, a Democrat, on Tuesday defeated Republican former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona to be Hawaii’s next governor and vowed to tackle the state's most stubborn problems. “Tonight is the first day of that new era where our leaders must start doing more to...

Democrats Case, Tokuda win Hawaii’s congressional seats

Nov. 09, 2022 02:24 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Voters in Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District elected a new U.S. representative Tuesday after the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Kaiali’i Kahele, decided not to seek re-election. Democrat Jill Tokuda defated Republican Joe Akana in the district covering rural Oahu and...

Democrat Jill Tokuda wins election to U.S. House in Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District

Nov. 09, 2022 02:16 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Jill Tokuda wins election to U.S. House in Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District.