Latest Hawaii state government News

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. ...

Honolulu officer faces firing for refusing vaccination

Sep. 09, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — An officer with the Honolulu Police Department said he has been suspended without pay and faces termination for not complying with the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Cpl. Mark Kutsy was on patrol Tuesday night when he was pulled off duty and forced to...

Hawaii creates optional digital vaccination record program

Sep. 08, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The state of Hawaii this week plans to launch a program that will allow people to use their smartphones to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The Hawaii Smart Health Card comes shortly before Honolulu and Maui begin instituting vaccine...

Waikiki resort mandates vaccination for workers, guests

Sep. 08, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A resort in the famed tourist mecca of Waikiki will be the first in Hawaii to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all employees and guests. Starting Oct. 15, ’Alohilani Resort will require its employees, patrons and guests to show proof they're...

Hawaii panel boosts general fund tax revenue forecast

Sep. 07, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

HONOULU (AP) — The Council on Revenues on Tuesday raised its forecast for Hawaii's general fund tax revenues, saying it now expects revenues to increase by 6.3% during the current fiscal year instead of 3%. The council cited predictions that visitor numbers will...