Latest Hawaii State Legislature News

Hawaii to use $10M in virus funds for jobs outside tourism

Aug. 24, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii plans to use at least $10 million in federal coronavirus recovery funds to bolster jobs beyond the state's vital tourism industry in sectors including agriculture, health care and technology. State officials hope to use the federal money to diversify Hawaii’s economy, The...

Hawaii approves company's 46% cargo shipping rate increase

Aug. 19, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Customers of Hawaii's only regulated interisland cargo company will pay 46% more to ship goods under a new regulatory ruling. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission on Monday granted Young Brothers LLC the emergency rate increase it sought because of financial losses resulting from the...

Candidate fears arrest when she returns home to Hawaii

Aug. 18, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Republican candidate for Hawaii's House of Representatives said Tuesday that she can't return from California to campaign because she fears being arrested for violating a traveler quarantine in effect in the islands to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Lori Ford was visiting family in...

Hawaii governor seeking details on Trump's unemployment plan

Aug. 14, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said he is working to find out whether the federal government would fully pay for $300 in weekly supplemental unemployment benefits President Donald Trump announced under an executive order last weekend or whether the state would wind up having to foot the bill if it...

FILE -- In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, is state Sen. Kai Kahele at the opening day of the Hawaii Sate Legislature in Honolulu. Kahele is favored to win the Democratic Party’s nomination to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in the primary election. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat who decided not to run for reelection so she could focus on her presidential campaign, which was ultimately unsuccessful.   (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Kahele wins Hawaii Democratic primary for Gabbard's seat

Aug. 9, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Kai Kahele was prepared to do the unthinkable: take on an incumbent from his own party for a U.S. House seat. He felt so strongly that Hawaii residents were being hurt by the presidential ambitions of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard that he announced early on he would challenge his fellow Democrat....

FILE -- In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, is state Sen. Kai Kahele at the opening day of the Hawaii Sate Legislature in Honolulu. Kahele is the only major candidate in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, virtually guaranteeing he will be sworn in as Hawaii's newest congressman in January. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Correction: Election 2020-Hawaii House story

Aug. 6, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — In a story August 2, 2020, about the Hawaii Primary election, The Associated Press erroneously reported that U.S. House candidate Kai Kahele would be the third Native Hawaiian elected to Congress, if elected. Kahele would be the second Native Hawaiian in Congress since statehood. Five...

Hawaii lawmakers pass bill blocking Oahu landfill expansion

Jul. 30, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii state lawmakers have passed a bill that would block the planned expansion of the landfill used for large commercial projects including the demolition of Aloha Stadium and Honolulu’s rail system. PVT Land Co. countered that the measure could force the company to raise disposal...