Latest Hawaii state government News

Ige proposes tax refund as Hawaii recovers from pandemic

Jan. 24, 2022 21:04 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday proposed refunding $100 to every taxpayer and dependent as the economy and tax receipts recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor, in his annual State of the State address to the Legislature, also said he wanted...

Deer on Maui airport runway prompts additional fencing

Jan. 24, 2022 15:17 PM EST

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — A reinforced fence has been installed around a Maui airport after a deer blocked a runway earlier this month. Vinyl fencing now overlaps an existing wood fence surrounding Kahului Airport to prevent deer from squeezing through, Maui District Airports Manager...

Hawaii's teacher retention rate hovers just above 50%

Jan. 21, 2022 16:27 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Only 51% of Hawaii public school teachers remained in the job after five years of work, according to a new report from the state Department of Education. The low percentage is little changed from recent years. The department had aimed to raise its retention rate to...

Hawaii House leaders propose hiking minimum wage to $18

Jan. 19, 2022 19:59 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers opened a new session of the Legislature on Wednesday with House leaders proposing to raise the state's minimum wage to $18 an hour and spend $600 million on housing for Native Hawaiians on the waiting list for Hawaiian homelands. The highest state...

Graham resigns as Hawaii football coach amid controversy

Jan. 15, 2022 00:51 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Todd Graham resigned as the University of Hawaii’s football coach Friday, stepping down amid controversy after completing the second-year of a five-year contract. Graham resigned a week after former players and some parents testified before a state legislative...

Prosecutor: Judge wrong to acquit Hawaii lawmaker of DUI

Jan. 11, 2022 21:38 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu's top prosecutor said Tuesday a judge was wrong to grant an acquittal to a Hawaii lawmaker charged with driving under the influence after police saw her driving the wrong way down a major thoroughfare. In the middle of state Rep. Sharon Har's trial Monday,...

US Navy to drain Hawaii tank system blamed for tainted water

Jan. 11, 2022 21:18 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — After initially resisting, the U.S. Navy will comply with Hawaii's order to remove fuel from a massive underground storage tank facility near Pearl Harbor blamed for contaminating drinking water, officials said Tuesday. The Navy is making preparations to defuel the...

Hawaii changes virus isolation, quarantine times in schools

Jan. 11, 2022 16:40 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii public schools are changing their COVID-19 isolation and quarantine rules to allow for shorter periods of time out of class. In alignment with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health and education officials announced...

Hawaii state representative acquitted of DUI

Jan. 10, 2022 21:29 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge on Monday acquitted a Hawaii lawmaker charged with driving under the influence after police saw her driving the wrong way down a major Honolulu thoroughfare. State Rep. Sharon Har pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and went to trial. Her...

Hawaii lawmakers hear football program concerns

Jan. 08, 2022 19:31 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii Board of Regents plans to address the issue of morale on the university's football team following a legislative hearing that featured testimony from former players and that the university system president criticized as one-sided. More than...