Latest Hawaii state government News

Hawaii Tourism Authority faces possible defunding by state

Jan. 27, 2021 9:53 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority has started planning for the possibility the organization could be defunded by the state. Officials at the agency responsible for leading statewide tourism recovery said the authority is in a dire financial situation, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

Washington Place, the longtime residence of Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani and a dozen governors, is seen in Honolulu on Sunday, Jan, 24, 2020. Birthday plans for one of Hawaii's most esteemed houses have raised concerns over the proposed $53,000 cost while the state deals with significant economic problems stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Gov. David Ige proposed the commemoration of Washington Place, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Craig T. Kojima//Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Concerns raised over $53K plan to commemorate historic home

Jan. 26, 2021 5:16 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Birthday plans for one of Hawaii's most esteemed houses have raised concerns over the proposed $53,000 cost while the state deals with significant economic problems stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Gov. David Ige proposed the commemoration of Washington Place, the longtime...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, Hawaii Gov. David Ige speaks at a news conference at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. On Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, Ige asked residents to be ready for more tough times ahead as the state grapples with a large budget shortfall caused by a coronavirus pandemic that's pummeled the tourism industry, but said improved tax revenue forecasts mean he's not currently seeking broad-based tax increases. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

Hawaii governor asks residents to 'do more with less'

Jan. 25, 2021 9:29 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige on Monday asked residents to be ready for more tough times ahead as the state grapples with a large budget shortfall caused by a coronavirus pandemic that's pummeled the tourism industry, but said improved tax revenue forecasts mean he’s not currently seeking...

In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, Shirlene Ostrov, then a Republican candidate for Congress, waves to drivers at a highway intersection in Waipahu, Hawaii. Now the chair of the Republican Party of Hawaii, Ostrov on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, took full responsibility for the unauthorized tweets that were sent by the party's vice chair on Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz, file)

Hawaii GOP official resigns after posting pro-QAnon tweets

Jan. 25, 2021 9:25 PM EST

A high-ranking official with the Hawaii Republican Party confirmed Monday that he resigned after posting a series of tweets about the QAnon conspiracy theory on the official party account, saying its adherents shouldn't be mocked. “We should make it abundantly clear — the people who subscribed to...

Half of Hawaii coronavirus vaccine awaiting distribution

Jan. 25, 2021 10:00 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — About half of Hawaii's supply of 186,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine had been distributed through last week, officials said. The state has more than 40 distribution sites for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, KITV-TV reported Sunday. Democratic Lt. Gov. Josh Green said state leaders...

Hawaii education department has budget cuts reduced

Jan. 23, 2021 11:50 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has told the state Department of Education that its budget cuts would be reduced by about $123 million because of additional federal funds and more optimistic revenue projections. The state agency learned of the news on Thursday. The Department of Education had been...

Appointee to Hawaii Senate called for governor's impeachment

Jan. 22, 2021 3:26 PM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Gov. David Ige’s appointee to a Hawaii Senate seat previously called for his impeachment in a post on social media. Ige selected Laura Clint Acasio from a list of three candidates presented by Democratic Party officials to replace former Sen. Kai Kahele, West Hawaii Today...

Group criticizes state management of Native Hawaiian burials

Jan. 21, 2021 10:21 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The state of Hawaii has drawn criticism for its handling of Native Hawaiian burials from members of burial councils who have called on the Legislature to establish a working group to draw up reforms. Oahu Island Burial Council Chairwoman Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu laid out several grievances...

Members of the state House are sworn in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Hawaii lawmakers open new session amid coronavirus pandemic

Jan. 20, 2021 8:07 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers opened a new legislative session Wednesday, with coronavirus protections in place like masks and clear plastic shields separating their seats. Public health protocols to prevent the spread of the disease blocked the public from entering the state Capitol. That meant no open...

A long-term care facility staff member, Pam Byers LPN, receives the COVID-19 vaccination for Oklahoma nursing home residents and staff at The Lodge at Brookline in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP)

The Latest: Hawaii says scarcity hinders vaccination efforts

Jan. 19, 2021 9:10 PM EST

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s leaders say limited supply is the main thing constraining distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in the state. Hawaii received 59,000 doses of the vaccine last week, but expects to get only about 32,000 this week. Still, Lt. Gov. Josh Green says the state expects to be able to...