Latest Hawaii state government News

Hawaii will pay inmates $50 to get coronavirus vaccines

Oct. 15, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Public Safety says certain inmates will get $50 to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Hawaii inmates who were incarcerated on or after March 3 are eligible, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday. More...

Ex-Hawaii official pleads guilty to embezzlement, bribery

Oct. 13, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Hawaii County council member pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling more than $38,000 while serving as executive director of a state commission that administers community service programs. Stacy Higa spent the money on personal expenses,...

Honolulu Marathon plans underway though future uncertain

Oct. 13, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Organizers are planning for the Honolulu Marathon, even though it’s not clear government officials will allow it to be held in December. While Honolulu is easing pandemic-related restrictions on large events, organizers are frustrated that neither...

Redevelopment around Aloha Stadium could start next year

Oct. 13, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Redevelopment of state land surrounding Aloha Stadium could start late next year or early 2023, though there is still no timetable for replacing the rusting 46-year-old amphitheater. The state Department of Accounting and General Services, which is...

Hawaii eases COVID rules for college football, other events

Oct. 08, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu will soon begin allowing a limited number of fans at University of Hawaii football games and other outdoor entertainment events as it begins to ease restrictions protecting the community from COVID-19. Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor...

Group studies scourge of missing, murdered Native Hawaiians

Oct. 07, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — At first, he was just a boyfriend. He gave Ashley Maha'a gifts and attention. But then he gave her drugs and became controlling and abusive. He would punish her for breaking ambiguous, undefined “rules,” only to later say he was sorry and shower her with flowers and...

Hawaii's governor extends mask rules, travel regulations

Oct. 01, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Friday he would extend emergency orders requiring masks and regulating travel amid ongoing concerns about high numbers of COVID-19 infections. Ige said his new proclamation would stay in effect for 60 days. The rules mandate...

Kauai to change COVID reopening plan to handle delta variant

Sep. 24, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The island of Kauai is planning to revise its coronavirus restriction structure as the delta variant continues to impact the county. Mayor Derek Kawakami said officials will continue to enforce strict COVID-19 safety measures even as the state...

Guam appeals ruling striking down abortion restriction

Sep. 23, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Guam’s government is appealing a judge’s ruling that removed a barrier to women in the U.S. territory accessing telemedicine abortions. American Civil Liberties Union attorneys fighting for abortion access on Guam said the appeal is alarming because...

Experts eye more travel testing to contain COVID in Hawaii

Sep. 21, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials are facing pressure to increase COVID-19 testing for travelers as the islands deal with a record surge of new infections, hospitalization and deaths. The calls come as federal guidelines change to require negative virus tests from both vaccinated and...