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Appointee to Hawaii Senate called for governor's impeachment

Jan. 22, 2021 3:26 PM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Gov. David Ige’s appointee to a Hawaii Senate seat previously called for his impeachment in a post on social media. Ige selected Laura Clint Acasio from a list of three candidates presented by Democratic Party officials to replace former Sen. Kai Kahele, West Hawaii Today...

Members of the state House are sworn in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Hawaii lawmakers open new session amid coronavirus pandemic

Jan. 20, 2021 8:07 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers opened a new legislative session Wednesday, with coronavirus protections in place like masks and clear plastic shields separating their seats. Public health protocols to prevent the spread of the disease blocked the public from entering the state Capitol. That meant no open...

Hawaii says vaccine distribution hampered by limited supply

Jan. 19, 2021 7:51 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's leaders said Tuesday limited supply is the main thing constraining distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Hawaii received 59,000 doses of the vaccine last week, but expects to get only about 32,000 this week. Still, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said the state expects to be able to...

FILE -- This May 2, 2019 file photo shows lawmakers meet on the floor of the state House of Representatives at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu. Cut spending, raise taxes, or perhaps both. Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices as they convene a new legislative session this week amid a pandemic that has pummeled tourism, the state's biggest industry, and depleted tax revenue. Lawmakers expect to spend time addressing how to spend federal funds allocated to help Hawaii test for the coronavirus, distribute vaccines, and bolster hospitals. They'll also consider how to help Hawaii's economy recover from the public health crisis. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices amid pandemic recession

Jan. 18, 2021 9:04 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Cut spending, raise taxes or perhaps both. Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices as they convene a new legislative session this week amid a pandemic that has pummeled tourism, the state's biggest industry, and depleted tax revenue. Lawmakers expect to spend time addressing how to spend...

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...