Latest Hawaii state government News

Hawaii considers ways to combat traffic-related deaths

Jan. 25, 2020 1:40 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have proposed initiatives to help reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities after transportation officials confirmed more than 100 deaths in the last year. Those initiatives include installing traffic cameras to capture drivers running red lights and enforcing...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, photo, Teiya Enriquez Sandoval, center, and her sister Jazzy Enriquez, right, the daughters of Honolulu Police Officer Tiffany Enriquez, hug family friend Tristel Tynanaes during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Tiffany Enriquez in Honolulu. A handyman's landlord had recently started an eviction process before he stabbed a woman Sunday and fatally shot two Honolulu officers, including Enriquez. (Bruce Asato/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Hawaii eyes closing gun loopholes, bolstering mental health

Jan. 22, 2020 8:25 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii already has some of the nation's strictest gun laws, but the fatal shooting of two Honolulu police officers by a man his lawyer and neighbors believe had psychiatric problems has added new urgency to efforts to close gun control loopholes and bolster mental health care treatment. ...

Gov. David Ige speaks to reporters in Honolulu on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 after delivering his state of the state address at the Hawaii State Capitol. Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Tuesday outlined a plan to boost preschool education, housing and tax relief for families as he delivered his annual state of the state address. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Hawaii governor promotes proposals for working families

Jan. 21, 2020 9:37 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Tuesday outlined a plan to boost preschool education, housing and tax relief for families as he delivered his annual state of the state address. Ige and state lawmakers jointly announced the package of proposals last week before the Legislature convened. Ige said...

This undated photo provided by the Honolulu Police Department shows Officers Tiffany Enriquez, left, and Kaulike Kalama. Enriquez and Kalama were killed Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, while responding to a call. (Courtesy of Honolulu Police Department via AP)

Homes burn after shooter kills 2 Honolulu officers

Jan. 20, 2020 12:31 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A man shot and killed two police officers Sunday as they responded to a home in a leafy neighborhood beneath the rim of a famed volcanic crater near Waikiki Beach, authorities said. The officers were responding to a call from a woman who said she needed help and found her with a stab wound...

Hawaii Governor David Ige: 2 police officers killed in Honolulu shooting

Jan. 19, 2020 5:45 PM EST
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Governor David Ige: 2 police officers killed in Honolulu shooting.

Report: Tax collections in Hawaii increased by about 5%

Jan. 18, 2020 12:03 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Tax collections in Hawaii were up by about 5% last year, a report said. The state Department of Taxation sent the annual report in December to Democratic Gov. David Ige and the state Legislature, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports. The report showed that $8.2 billion was collected in fiscal year...

Hawaii mayors ask state lawmakers to consider road use fees

Jan. 17, 2020 9:25 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's county mayors asked the Legislature to consider a proposal to charge motorists a fee for driving on key roads during peak traffic hours. A joint hearing of the House Finance and Senate Ways and Means committees heard the fee proposal among the transportation requests presented by...

Hawaii on lookout for 'ghost net' threatening area sea life

Jan. 16, 2020 9:30 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Reports of a “ghost net” floating off the coast of Hawaii have mariners, pilots and residents on the lookout for the large array of netting that poses a threat to sea life. The U.S. Coast Guard, state Department of Land and Natural Resources and local boating companies have...

House Speaker Scott Saiki, center, speaks as House Majority Leader Rep. Della Au Belatti, left, and House Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke listen at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Lawmakers opened a new session of the Hawaii Legislature on Wednesday with vows to address the state's punishingly high cost of living so families don't have to abandon the islands for cheaper places. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Hawaii lawmakers vow to address high cost of living

Jan. 15, 2020 9:21 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Lawmakers opened a new session of the Hawaii Legislature on Wednesday with vows to address the state's punishingly high cost of living so families don't have to abandon the islands for cheaper places. House Speaker Scott Saiki noted Hawaii's population has declined for the third year in a...

Hawaii governor signs new Mauna Kea administrative rules

Jan. 15, 2020 9:30 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor signed into law a new set of administrative rules for management of land on the state's highest mountain. Democratic Gov. David Ige approved the new regulations Monday for the the University of Hawaii's oversight of Mauna Kea. The rules meant to protect the mountain's...