Latest Hawaii state government News

Kauai to change COVID reopening plan to handle delta variant

Sep. 24, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The island of Kauai is planning to revise its coronavirus restriction structure as the delta variant continues to impact the county. Mayor Derek Kawakami said officials will continue to enforce strict COVID-19 safety measures even as the state...

Guam appeals ruling striking down abortion restriction

Sep. 23, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Guam’s government is appealing a judge’s ruling that removed a barrier to women in the U.S. territory accessing telemedicine abortions. American Civil Liberties Union attorneys fighting for abortion access on Guam said the appeal is alarming because...

Experts eye more travel testing to contain COVID in Hawaii

Sep. 21, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials are facing pressure to increase COVID-19 testing for travelers as the islands deal with a record surge of new infections, hospitalization and deaths. The calls come as federal guidelines change to require negative virus tests from both vaccinated and...

Hawaii couple buys assets of defunct dairy on Big Island

Sep. 20, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The owners of a Hawaii food distribution company have bought the assets of a Hamakua dairy farm that went out of business several years ago. Chad and Stephanie Buck of Oahu recently purchased the assets of the former Big Island Dairy with hopes of...

1st case of COVID in American Samoa arrives on Hawaii flight

Sep. 17, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa, a U.S. territory in the Pacific, reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday. The territory’s acting governor, Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale, and health officials said the islands’ first case of COVID-19 was in...

Hawaii officials have not considered student vaccine mandate

Sep. 17, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's statewide public school system has not yet considered requiring vaccinations for eligible students. Hawaii Department of Education Interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi told Board of Education members the decision would be up to the Department...

Missing Hawaii girl's parents withdrew her from school

Sep. 16, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The adoptive parents of a missing 6-year-old Hawaii girl pulled her out of school to home-school her, the state Department of Education said. Isabella Kalua attended kindergarten at Waimanalo Elementary last school year via distance learning, said Nanea...

State provides COVID-19 testing for Hawaii school campuses

Sep. 16, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Hawaii schools are participating in a state Department of Health program that provides COVID-19 testing for students, teachers and staff. Most of the public schools that have registered haven't started testing yet, but state Epidemiologist Dr....

Ige: Vaccination rate means no more full-scale shutdowns

Sep. 14, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Citing the high vaccination rate among Hawaii residents, Gov. David Ige said there would not be another shutdown in the state despite the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. “I can pretty much tell you there won’t be another full-scale shutdown,” Ige...

Hawaii state contractors must be vaccinated or test weekly

Sep. 10, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige is requiring government contractors and visitors to state facilities to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Ige issued an executive order Thursday that takes effect Monday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. ...