Latest Hawaii state government News

City council approves additional 3% tax on Oahu lodging

Dec. 02, 2021 14:34 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council has approved a measure to levy an additional 3% tax on hotel and other transient accommodations. The bill passed Wednesday still needs to be signed by Mayor Rick Blangiardi. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported he supports...

Hawaii: Petroleum detected in tap water near Pearl Harbor

Dec. 01, 2021 21:33 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii State Department of Health said Wednesday a laboratory has detected petroleum product in a water sample from an elementary school near Pearl Harbor amid heightened concerns that fuel from a massive Navy storage facility could contaminate Oahu's water supply. ...

Hawaii: Fuel odor in Navy water prompts over 100 complaints

Nov. 30, 2021 21:19 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Health said Tuesday tests of water samples from the Navy's water system at Pearl Harbor have so far been inconclusive after it received more than 100 complaints about fuel-like odor coming from tap water in the area. Kathleen Ho,...

Hawaii state representative's DUI trial set for next week

Nov. 30, 2021 15:22 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge on Tuesday set a trial date next week for a Hawaii lawmaker arrested after police saw her driving the wrong way down a major Honolulu thoroughfare in February. State Rep. Sharon Har has pleaded not guilty to one count of driving under the...

Honolulu's first and only woman mayor dies at age 93

Nov. 30, 2021 14:48 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The first and only woman to serve as mayor of Honolulu died earlier this month at age 93. Eileen Anderson, who was mayor from 1981 to 1985, died Nov. 3, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced Tuesday. She defeated incumbent mayor...

Hawaii lawmaker finds prison understaffed during visit

Nov. 30, 2021 13:40 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Some guards are working 16-hour shifts because of a staffing shortage at a Hawaii prison, a state lawmaker said. A state senator highlighted the staffing shortage by showing up unannounced to Halawa Correctional Facility on Monday after hearing guards...

Pearl Harbor-area schools report chemical odor in water

Nov. 30, 2021 01:05 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Two elementary schools near Pearl Harbor say “chemical-like” smells were coming from water lines on their campuses, the state Department of Education said Monday. The news came a day after the Navy said it was investigating reports of a chemical...

$377 million rental car center to open at Honolulu airport

Nov. 29, 2021 15:27 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A $377 million rental car center with room for 4,500 vehicles is scheduled to open at Honolulu's airport this week. The five-story facility will allow rental car companies to house their operations in the same centrally located, covered airport...

Hawaii groups want US to shut down military fuel tanks

Nov. 24, 2021 22:45 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Citing threats to Honolulu's drinking water, the Sierra Club of Hawaii and other groups on Wednesday called on President Joe Biden and military leaders to shut down tanks that provide an important fuel reserve for U.S. forces in the Pacific. “Enough is...

Hawaii counties ease COVID-19 rules at restaurants, bars

Nov. 23, 2021 21:12 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Most of Hawaii's counties on Tuesday said they will allow restaurants and bars to operate at 100% capacity and eliminate a requirement that groups sit 6 feet (1.83 meters) apart at restaurants as the state eases some restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. ...