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Ex-Hawaii senator sentenced to 40 months for taking bribes

Jul. 05, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Hawaii state senator was sentenced to 40 months in prison Tuesday for taking bribes in exchange for shaping legislation while in office. Former Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English, 55, pleaded guilty to honest services wire fraud in February,...

Ige says he may veto bail reform, 'firm' renewable energy

Jun. 27, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday said he may veto 30 bills in the next few weeks, including measures that would eliminate cash bail for some felonies, require each island to obtain one-third of their renewable energy from so-called “firm energy” sources and allow the...

Hawaii teacher charged with distributing child pornography

Jun. 22, 2022 21:31 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii public school teacher was ordered held without bail on a charge of distributing child pornography, which U.S. prosecutors said included videos of him having sex with a 13-year-old student. According to a criminal complaint, Alden Bunag, 33 worked as a...

Hawaii governor signs $18 minimum wage increase, tax refund

Jun. 22, 2022 20:25 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday signed legislation raising the state's minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2028. The $18 minimum would be the highest dollar amount among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, some states automatically boost their...

Hawaii's governor signs 3 bills supporting LGBTQ community

Jun. 16, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Thursday signed three bills supporting Hawaii's LGBTQ community. The legislation "will help us identify and address social and community issues more effectively and ensure that we can work to prevent discrimination in many areas of our...

Hawaii panel discusses proposals for legislative term limits

Jun. 15, 2022 23:39 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A panel created by the state House of Representatives to recommend reforms after two former lawmakers admitted taking bribes discussed proposals to establish term limits for legislators at a meeting Wednesday. The Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct is...

Hawaii lawmakers pass some reforms after bribery scandal

Jun. 10, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers this year passed several bills to boost government transparency and promote better lawmaker behavior. But their critics, and some lawmakers themselves, say they still have work to do, especially after a bribery scandal sullied the state Legislature. ...

F-16 tail hook slows plane during 'hard landing' in Honolulu

Jun. 07, 2022 00:19 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — An Air Force F-16 fighter plane made a “hard landing” at Honolulu's airport after its front landing gear failed. The pilot used the jet's tail hook to slow down during the afternoon landing at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser...

Hawaii ex-lawmaker gets new sentencing date in bribery case

Jun. 03, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has set a new sentencing date for former Hawaii state Rep. Ty Cullen, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to one count in connection with his acceptance of bribes when he was a lawmaker. He’s now due to be sentenced on Oct. 20 instead of July 5. Cullen's...

Panel mulls reforms to improve elected official conduct

Jun. 01, 2022 22:57 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii commission formed to improve standards of conduct for elected officials after a bribery scandal rocked the Legislature this year met Wednesday to discuss ethics-related reform proposals. Robert Harris, a panel member who is also the executive director of...