Latest Hawaii state government News

Lawsuit over police on Mauna Kea goes before high court

Jul. 23, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A lawsuit challenging using police forces from other islands to respond to protests over a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest mountain is headed to the state Supreme Court. Police officers from Oahu and Maui flew to the Big Island in 2019...

The Latest: Australia state declares emergency over COVID-19

Jul. 22, 2021 23:59 PM EDT

SYDNEY — An Australian state government on Friday declared an emergency due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney. The New South Wales state government reported one fatality and 136 new infections in the latest 24-hour period, the biggest daily tally of new cases since the...

Remote options listed as start of Hawaii school year nears

Jul. 22, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — With less than two weeks before the start of a new school year, Hawaii's Department of Education has posted a list of about 100 schools that will offer distance learning. Hawaii public school students return to classes Aug. 3. ...

Hawaii keeps indoor mask requirement amid COVID-19 surge

Jul. 15, 2021 22:00 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Thursday he will maintain a requirement that people wear masks indoors as the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant fuels a spike in cases. Ige told a news conference the number of new cases in Hawaii has exceeded 100 during...

Hawaii governor issues warning to tourists posing with seals

Jul. 15, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The governor of Hawaii is warning tourists to stay away from endangered monk seals. Democratic Gov. David Ige took to social media Wednesday after videos of visitors touching the seals led to a federal investigation and fines. Ige...

Hawaii worries people aren't completing food stamp paperwork

Jul. 12, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The state of Hawaii said people haven't been completing the paperwork they need to continue receiving food stamps, raising concerns that thousands may be unintentionally cut off from public assistance. The concerns come after the federal government,...

Maui seeks to quickly implement new tax on tourists

Jul. 09, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — Officials on Maui are moving quickly to implement a new tax on tourists. The move comes after state lawmakers overrode a veto by Hawaii Gov. David Ige this week. Hawaii lawmakers overrode Ige’s veto of a bill that...

Hawaii lawmakers amend bills in response to governor request

Jul. 08, 2021 22:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Thursday passed amendments to several bills as requested by Gov. David Ige, including one that uses general funds to repay debt instead of federal COVID-19 relief funds. Democratic Rep. Sylvia Luke, the chair of the House Finance...

Ex-Hawaii health department worker files lawsuit over firing

Jul. 08, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former epidemiologist for Hawaii's health department alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired in retaliation for speaking out about the state's COVID-19 contact tracing program. Last year, Jennifer Smith accused the department of lying about how many...

Hawaii lawmakers override Ige's veto of tourism funding bill

Jul. 06, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers Tuesday overrode Gov. David Ige's veto of a bill that overhauls how the state funds the Hawaii Tourism Authority and allocates tourism tax revenue to the counties. The bill would stop funding the tourism agency with money raised by the...