HONOLULU (AP) — Whole Foods Market will no longer sell sunscreens and body products containing chemicals targeted by a new Hawaii law, officials said.
KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii airport has opened a $340 million facility for car rental companies, officials said.
The Kahului Airport Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility is the largest...
HONOLULU (AP) — All Nippon Airways gave VIP tours of the world's largest wide-body airplane following the arrival of a second successful test flight in Hawaii, officials said.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are wrapping up their 2019 legislative session after passing bills reducing penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and establishing all-mail...
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii State Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a bill that would require websites like Airbnb to collect and pay taxes on behalf of short-term vacation rental hosts, sending...
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's state Senate reconfirmed the director of the state Department of Public Safety, despite concerns by some lawmakers over violent events and issues within the...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii state Legislature committee has recommended passage of a bill that would pay a $3 million settlement to an injured couple.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor has urged state lawmakers to support a bill to change land lease requirements that could affect water rights.
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's governor has visited a corrections facility where a riot and an escape recently took place, according to news reports.
HONOLULU (AP) — Legislation to regulate midwives in Hawaii has highlighted a divide among home birth advocates.
A state Senate bill approved Friday by the Legislature and sent to the...
Hawaii lawmakers approve Kilauea volcano disaster relief
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have approved $20 million in grants and $40 million in loans to Hawaii County to help residents recover from last year's Kilauea volcano eruption.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige's administration has requested an additional $4.3 million to continue housing inmates on the mainland as security systems are upgraded at a state...
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island hospital has received a $500,000 state grant to expand its emergency room serving the mostly rural northern part of the island.
Chamber of Commerce Hawaii hires son of Senate president
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's leading business advocacy group has hired a new lobbyist, the son of the state Senate president.
Hawaii governor offers roadmap for universal preschool
HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige laid out on Tuesday what he called a road map for creating universal public preschool in Hawaii over several decades.
The second-term governor introduced his idea during his State of the State address at the Capitol.
The central part of the plan is to offer pre-kindergarten through fifth grade at elementary schools instead of the current kindergarten through grade six. Grade six would become part of middle schools.
The Latest: Hawaii lawmakers worried about preschool cost
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Gov. David Ige's state of the state address (all times local):
Leaders of the Hawaii House of Representatives are concerned about how much it will cost to realize Gov. David Ige's proposal to expand pre-kindergarten in public schools across the state.
Speaker Scott Saiki said Tuesday the House shares governor's goal of establishing universal preschool.
Hawaii lawmakers talk minimum wage hike as session opens
HONOLULU (AP) — Lawmakers gathering for the first day of a new legislative session said Wednesday they will consider raising the state's minimum wage.
The state last boosted its minimum wage in 2014, when legislation gradually increased it from $7.25 to $10.10 over four years.
Senate President Ron Kouchi said his chamber would discuss an incremental increase and Gov. David Ige told reporters after Kouchi's speech that he's considering a raise to $15.
The Latest: Lawmakers discuss raising minimum wage
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the opening day of the Hawaii State Legislature (all times local):
Hawaii Senate President Ron Kouchi says his chamber will address legalizing marijuana, increasing the minimum wage, boosting affordable housing and reducing homelessness during the new legislative session.
Kouchi mentioned the list while addressing senators and the public as the Legislature opened Wednesday.
Hawaii’s tax revenue projection adjusted for slower growth
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials have scaled back the state's tax revenue projection.
The state Council on Revenues voted to reduce its projection of growth in state tax collections this year from 5 to 4.2 percent, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.
The reduction means the state might have $55 million less to spend than expected.
Lawmaker says Hawaii lied about schools maintenance backlog
HONOLULU (AP) — The chairwoman of the House Finance Committee has alleged the state Department of Education lied about the size of a repair and maintenance backlog at Hawaii public schools.
Ige appoints former prosecutor to be new attorney general
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige is appointing Honolulu attorney and former federal prosecutor Clare Connors to be his new attorney general.
Ige said Thursday that Connors' extensive experience brings new insight and terrific understanding of the law to his administration.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate.
New Hawaii law bars employers from asking about past pay
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A new Hawaii law prevents employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories.
The law that went into effect New Year's Day aims to address wage gaps among different demographics in the state, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
Hawaii governor backs biocontrol to fight invasive species
KAIILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has proposed building a $35 million regional biocontrol facility to research ways to control invasive species that threaten the state's economy and natural environment.
Ige advocated for a biocontrol facility while addressing the Western Governors Association at its meeting Monday on the Big Island.
Biocontrol is the practice of introducing a non-native predator to curb a destructive invasive species.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige sworn in for a second term
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige took the oath of office Monday for a second term, saying this generation's legacy will rest on how well it prepares children for a technology-driven future.
Ige also said in his inaugural address that Hawaii must find new economic resources just as it did 50 years ago when it faced the decline of sugar and pineapple plantations.
The Latest: Ige: Primary fight won’t harm second term
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Hawaii Gov. David Ige's inauguration (all times local):
Hawaii Gov. David Ige doesn't believe he will have a harder time during his second term because so many legislative leaders sided with his opponent during the Democratic Party's primary election.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige has been sworn in for a second term during a ceremony at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has been sworn in for a second term during a ceremony at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu.
Big Island accepts $10M in state funding for lava recovery
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii is giving a $10 million grant to the Big Island to help jump-start recovery efforts following the Kilauea volcano eruption.
The Hawaii County Council adopted a resolution Tuesday to accept the funding, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
Republicans elect Gene Ward to be new House minority leader
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Republicans have selected Rep. Gene Ward to be their new leader in the state House of Representatives.
The lawmaker from Hawaii Kai will serve as House minority leader.
The party said in a statement Friday Rep. Lauren Matsumoto of Mililani and Waialua will serve as House minority floor leader.
Hawaii Democrats sweep top races, cement hold on power
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Democrats notched overwhelming victories as they rolled over Republicans in midterm elections and cemented their control over the state's highest offices.
Gov. David Ige easily won re-election over state Rep. Andria Tupola on Tuesday to secure a second four-year term. Democrats won all three contests for Congress by large margins.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige wins re-election to second term
HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige on Tuesday won re-election to a second term after defeating Republican state Rep. Andria Tupola as the Democratic Party continued to dominate Hawaii politics.
Democrats also swept the three contests for Congress, including U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono who defeated Republican Ron Curtis to win a second term.
Running mate says GOP candidate blocked her from debate
HONOLULU (AP) — The Republican candidate for Hawaii governor deliberately failed to tell her running mate that she had been invited to a televised debate, the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor said.
Governor names former campaign manager for appeals court
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige has nominated his high school friend and former campaign manager for a seat on the state Intermediate Court of Appeals.
Hawaii board approves rules banning wild animals in shows
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii panel has approved amended rules prohibiting "dangerous, wild animals" from entering the state for performances, carnivals or circuses.
The Hawaii Board of Agriculture voted Tuesday in favor of the rules, sending them to the state Attorney General's office for review, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .
Trump approves federal funding for Hawaii’s Hurricane Lane
HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration for areas affected by Hurricane Lane.
The declaration announced in a statement from the White House Thursday authorizes federal agencies to assist the state's recovery efforts.
The declaration provides federal funding to local governments and some private organizations to help recover from storm damage on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.
The Latest: Hawaii wants last hurricane declared a disaster
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on hurricanes near Hawaii (all times local):
Hawaii Gov. David Ige is asking President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for Hurricane Lane which battered the state last month.
Ige said Thursday the state is seeking help from federal grants and other programs to cover the costs of the storm.
Lane flooded homes and schools and triggered landslides as it dumped torrential rains on the Big Island and Kauai. The hurricane's strong winds fueled wildfires on Maui.
Task force offers guidelines to treat rat lungworm disease
HONOLULU (AP) — A task force of Hawaii Governor David Ige's announced new preliminary guidelines to help physicians diagnose, treat and manage rat lungworm disease.
The task force's clinical subcommittee spent the last year crafting the guidelines, which were announced Thursday and will be presented in November during the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health.
Emergency managers studied Hawaii food supply before storm
HONOLULU (AP) — Emergency managers studied the operations of Hawaii's wholesale grocers in preparation for Hurricane Lane instead of just bringing food and water to the islands.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long says they researched how many days' worth of food was already in the state.
He says FEMA studied how it could keep the private sector food supply pipeline open and how it could provide food and water if that pipeline broke.
Hawaii moves forward with plan to move crowded Oahu jail
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials are planning to relocate an overcrowded and deteriorating jail on Oahu next to the state prison in Honolulu.
Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday the plans to rebuild the Oahu Community Correctional Center on a new site after he and the state Office of Environmental Quality Control accepted the environmental review for the project.
Little League champions return home to hero’s welcome
HONOLULU (AP) — The 14 boys and three coaches who delivered Hawaii its first Little League World Series title in a decade received a hero's welcome on their return home.
The team was showered in lei, handed food and greeted by a roaring crowd upon their exit from the Honolulu airport Monday.
The team shook hands with Gov. David Ige, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho and other city officials. The Royal Hawaiian Band played for them as they entered a news conference.
Hawaii revises rules to rabies quarantine program for pets
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii has revised its rules for the rabies quarantine program that aims to prevent the introduction of the virus into the state.
Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, this week signed off on the revision, which reduces the waiting periods for pets complying with the 5 Day or Less Rabies Quarantine Program, The Garden Island reported . The new rules go into effect next week.
Hawaii to allow Lyft, Uber to operate at Honolulu airport
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii will allow ride-hailing services to operate at the Honolulu airport on a permanent basis after changes were approved to administration rules.
Uber and Lyft, which the state refers to as transportation network companies, have operated at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport since December 2017 under a pilot program to test feasibility.
Ige wins Hawaii Democratic governor primary
HONOLULU (AP) — Despite a challenging first term marked by both natural and man-made disasters, Hawaii Gov. David Ige won the Democratic primary in his bid for a second term in office Saturday, defeating U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
The Latest: Ron Curtis wins Hawaii GOP nod for US Senate
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the primary election (all times local):
Ron Curtis will face off against incumbent Sen. Mazie Hirono in the general election as the Republican Party's nominee to represent Hawaii in the U.S. Senate.
Curtis emerged as the top vote-getter from a field of eight Republican candidates in Saturday's primary election. Hirono ran unopposed in the Democratic Party primary.
AP News Guide: The Hawaii primary election
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii voters will head to the polls Saturday to decide who will get their party nominations and advance to the general election. Here's a look at the Hawaii primary races:
Primary settles most races in Democrat dominated Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's weekend primary election will most likely settle the outcome of this year's major races.
That's because the Democratic Party continues to overwhelmingly dominate Hawaii politics. The Republican Party isn't even fielding candidates in most state legislative districts.
The most heated contests in Saturday's election are for governor and for the U.S. Congressional seat representing urban Honolulu.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige wants voters to look at his four years of accomplishments, including his handling of the Big Island's erupting volcano, as reasons to give him a second term.
But U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, his main opponent in Saturday's Democratic primary in the heavily blue state, wants voters to look at 38 minutes in January as reason enough to send Ige packing.
Big Island plans to request $550M for disaster recovery
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is planning to ask the state Legislature for $550 million for disaster recovery following the effects of the Kilauea volcano eruption.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii National Guard has experienced delays in paying members deployed for duties related to the flooding on Kauai and the lava flows on the Big Island, causing financial burdens for families, officials said.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials have reached a crossroad between providing shelter for volcano eruption evacuees and holding steady on a push to regulate rental and homeless housing.
Democrat state Rep. Joy San Buenaventura of Puna wrote Gov. David Ige on Tuesday asking him to issue three executive orders to alleviate the housing crisis in wake of the Kilauea volcano eruptions.