Latest David Ige News

Hawaii agency seeks $10M to avoid halt to Aloha Stadium work

Jan. 12, 2021 9:36 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii development organization will seek $10 million in funding to hire a private company and do other work necessary for the redevelopment of Aloha Stadium, a move that sidesteps what could have been a costly halt to the project. Following a request from the state Department of...

3 finalists vying to replace Kahele as Hilo's state senator

Dec. 28, 2020 3:45 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A state representative and two political newcomers are vying to fill the remaining two years of former state Sen. Kai Kahele's term after he was elected to Congress. Gov. David Ige will select the new senator representing Hilo after local Democratic Party officials sent him a list of...

Environmental impact statement posted for new Aloha Stadium

Dec. 26, 2020 4:06 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A new draft environmental impact statement has been released for a potential new Aloha Stadium after current venue officials halted the scheduling of new events. The posting of the draft statement on Wednesday represents a significant step toward constructing a replacement for the...

Kauai in Hawaii seeks OK for resort bubble virus system

Dec. 25, 2020 12:45 PM EST

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai County in Hawaii is seeking approval to impose a post-travel resort bubble system that would allow incoming travelers to test out of their coronavirus quarantine after three days. If the plan is approved by Gov. David Ige, incoming tourists that test negative for the coronavirus...

Hawaii delays state furloughs after virus relief bill passes

Dec. 23, 2020 10:54 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday said the passage of a new coronavirus relief bill by the U.S. Congress this week has prompted him to delay the implementation of state worker furloughs previously due to begin on Jan. 1. Ige wrote in an email to state employees that he wasn't able to say...

Honolulu won't count prisoners' infections in reopening data

Dec. 22, 2020 4:23 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials will no longer count COVID-19 cases among prisoners at Halawa Correctional Facility in metrics used to decide whether to tighten or loosen pandemic restrictions on Oahu. The city will still include infections among prison guards and staff, Hawaii Public Radio reported...

Hawaii hopes to avoid furloughs thanks to virus relief bill

Dec. 21, 2020 9:17 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor and legislative leaders expressed hope Monday that a new coronavirus relief package being voted on in the U.S. Congress will allow the state to either delay or avoid furloughing state employees. Gov. David Ige said his staff was going through the 6,000-page bill to...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2020 file photo, a woman walks into the international airport in Honolulu amid a quarantine rule that effectively shut down the tourism industry in the state. The small, tight-knit community of about 72,000 people on the neighboring island of Kauai spent the first seven months of the pandemic mostly COVID-free. Then in October, statewide travel restrictions eased and the island, which had only 61 known cases of coronavirus from March through September, went from zero cases in October to at least 84 new infections in just seven weeks. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Mostly virus-free Kauai hit by pandemic after travel resumes

Dec. 20, 2020 3:13 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — On Hawaii's rural island of Kauai, where sprawling white sand beaches and dramatic seaside mountains attract visitors from around the world, local residents spent the first seven months of the pandemic sheltered from the viral storm. Early and aggressive local measures coupled with a...

New events halted at Aloha Stadium over virus, budget issues

Dec. 18, 2020 11:07 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Aloha Stadium officials said they aren't scheduling new events because of coronavirus restrictions and budget issues. The Aloha Stadium Authority announced Thursday that it also has reduced day-to-day operations at the venue. The officials provided no specific timeline on how long the...

Hawaii shortens travel quarantine for those who skip test

Dec. 16, 2020 11:24 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor on Wednesday reduced the state's quarantine period for arriving travelers to 10 days from 14 days based on updated recommendations from public health officials. The new rule takes effect on Thursday. Travelers to every part of the state except for Kauai County may still...