Latest Hawaii state government News

Honolulu City Council urges delaying pre-travel test plan

Jul. 8, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday urged Hawaii's governor to consider delaying a plan to allow travelers to use a negative COVID-19 test to bypass quarantine until the number of new cases on the U.S. mainland and in Hawaii drop significantly. The nine-member council unanimously...

Hawaii Legislature passes bill to name suspended police

Jul. 8, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Legislature passed a police reform bill that would reveal the identities of police officers who have been suspended or discharged. The bill passed Monday would subject police to the same disclosure rules used for other public agency employees, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser...

Hawaii reports single-day record, 41 additional virus cases

Jul. 7, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii reported 41 additional cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the most in one day since the pandemic began. The increase, coming after 29-case increase on Friday, is an indicator the virus was circulating more widely and was part of a “disturbing” trend, said Bruce...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood, calls on lawmakers to approve a wildfire measure she co-authored, with Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, and Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, before the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. A coronavirus outbreak in the California Legislature has indefinitely delayed the state Assembly's return to work from a scheduled summer recess. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's office confirmed five people who work in the Assembly have tested positive for the coronavirus. They include Burke, who is believed to have contracted the virus while on the Assembly floor last month. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Coronavirus disrupts California Legislature for second time

Jul. 7, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After 158 years without missing a scheduled day of deliberations, the California Legislature is headed toward its second interruption in four months because of the coronavirus pandemic — this time after five people who work in the state Assembly contracted the disease. The...

FILE - In this April 5, 2015, file photo, Hawaii Senate President Ronald Kouchi, D-Kauai, speaks in Honolulu. Garden Isle Disposal LLC, a company that Hawaii Senate President Ronald Kouchi owns shares in and is employed by, received a small business coronavirus relief loan from the U.S. government, according to data released by the Small Business Administration. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz, File)

Company connected to Senate president gets virus relief loan

Jul. 7, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A company that Hawaii Senate President Ronald Kouchi owns shares in and is employed by received a small business coronavirus relief loan from the U.S. government, according to data released by the Small Business Administration. Garden Isle Disposal LLC, the largest privately owned solid...

Hawaii lawmakers stall funding for 10-story school building

Jul. 7, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers stalled funding for a 10-story public elementary school, preventing a groundbreaking this year for the state’s first vertical public school. Members of the Legislature recently opted not to approve $20 million for the Pohukaina Elementary School and an associated...

13 Hawaiian Airlines employees test positive for coronavirus

Jul. 7, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines Inc. says 13 of its employees have tested positive for the coronavirus following an annual training course. The employees who tested positive for COVID-19 took part in flight attendant training at the airline's Honolulu headquarters about two weeks ago, the company said....

Hawaii clusters form after people skip masks, distance

Jul. 6, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii health officials said Monday recent clusters of the coronavirus detected in the state have been associated with people not wearing maks and not social distancing. Nine people were infected after attending a large indoor class at a gym, said Bruce Anderson, the director of the state...

Bill would grant emergency powers to Hawaii health director

Jul. 6, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii state health director could declare a public health emergency, order quarantine and contact tracing, and temporarily close schools and businesses through a measure under consideration by lawmakers. The proposal would also allow the Department of Health director to prohibit the...

Governor: Hawaii faces more public worker cuts without aid

Jul. 6, 2020 9:24 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Pay cuts or furloughs for Hawaii public employees are inevitable if the federal government does not provide additional coronavirus relief funding, Gov. David Ige said. The Democrat said he plans to borrow federal money to navigate the state budget crisis resulting from the pandemic, The...