- Hawaii lawmakers negotiate dozens of bills before deadline Updated: Apr-29-16 11:23 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers negotiated final details on dozens of bills ahead of a major legislative deadline, rushing around the capitol and huddling in groups and trying to reach last-minute agreements.
- The Latest: Hawaii advances bills on hot classrooms, ferries Updated: Apr-29-16 11:04 pm
HONOLULU - The Latest on the Hawaii Legislature negotiating dozens of bills before a deadline (all times local):
- Illegal camping out of bill allowing Airbnb to collect taxes Updated: Apr-29-16 9:27 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow online brokers such as Airbnb to collect taxes on behalf of people advertising private rentals on the websites, but they removed part of the proposal that would have targeted illegal camping ads by requiring online brokers to verify the legality of their listings.
- Girl testifies in Hawaii high school rape trial Updated: Apr-28-16 11:51 pm
HONOLULU - Lawyers defending Hawaii's public school system in a lawsuit alleging a special education student raped his female classmate called the girl to testify in the trial Thursday, but didn't ask her any questions about the 2013 incident.
- Hawaii lawmakers push renewable energy storage incentives Updated: Apr-28-16 9:55 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii has the highest rate of residents using solar panels in the nation, and lawmakers want to extend the state's leadership role by offering incentives or rebates to those who buy batteries to store their renewable energy.
- Hawaii looks to allow psychologists to prescribe drugs Updated: Apr-28-16 8:42 pm
HONOLULU - State lawmakers are poised to make Hawaii one of a handful of states that allow psychologists to prescribe medication in hopes of increasing access to mental health services.
- Hawaii looks to grow appeal as destination for sport events Updated: Apr-27-16 8:15 pm
HONOLULU - Millions of visitors come to vacation in Hawaii each year, but state lawmakers say more would come to the islands if there were more sporting events.
- Hawaii bill bans discrimination against transgender patients Updated: Apr-26-16 8:59 pm
HONOLULU - Insurance companies would not be allowed to discriminate against transgender patients under a bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature.
- Dozens protest bill allowing diversion of Maui water Updated: Apr-26-16 8:51 pm
HONOLULU - Kamalani Pahukoa said her family would be able to farm all of their taro patches in Keanae if streams flowing to east Maui are restored.
- Waipio Valley residents try to secure land's future Updated: Apr-26-16 2:59 pm
HILO, Hawaii - A group of Waipio Valley residents is working with primary landowners to ensure farmers are protected as new stewardship plans are drawn up for the land on the Big Island.
- Hawaii lawmakers mull bill to clarify medical cannabis rules Updated: Apr-25-16 9:07 pm
HONOLULU - With less than a week to go before Hawaii is scheduled to announce the names of the state's first medical marijuana dispensary owners, lawmakers are considering a bill to clarify gaps in the dispensary law passed last year.
- Hawaiian Airlines seeks to add new flights to Tokyo Updated: Apr-25-16 9:39 am
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Hawaiian Airlines is looking to add a second nonstop route between Hawaii and Tokyo, a move expected to bring more than $100 million to the state each year.
- Hawaii seeks money to fight disease killing ohia trees Updated: Apr-22-16 8:47 pm
HONOLULU - State lawmakers have agreed to give $300,000 to figure out how to stop a fungus that has killed thousands of native ohia trees on Hawaii's Big Island.
- Legislature appoints ethics chief Les Kondo as state auditor Updated: Apr-22-16 7:52 pm
HONOLULU - The Hawaii Legislature has appointed Les Kondo, head of the state's Ethics Commission, to serve as state auditor.
- Attorney objects to judge appointment in telescope case Updated: Apr-22-16 9:24 am
HILO, Hawaii - A Honolulu attorney is asking the state to find another hearings officer to oversee the next contested case for the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope over concerns of a conflict of interest.
- Hawaii looks for more money to restore Kahoolawe Updated: Apr-21-16 9:42 pm
HONOLULU - A Hawaiian island used as a military bombing range for nearly 50 years is now facing more problems with cuts in funding for restoration efforts.
- AirBNB takes down some campsite listings in Hawaii Updated: Apr-21-16 8:53 pm
HONOLULU - Executives from the lodging website AirBNB have removed some campsite listings from the website in response to Hawaii's attempt to crack down on illegal campsite rentals advertised online.
- Hawaii looks to clarify the public's right to film police Updated: Apr-20-16 11:38 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to clarify the public's right to photograph or film police officers.
- Hawaii lawmakers boost preschool funding, postpone decisions Updated: Apr-19-16 10:50 pm
HONOLULU - Legislative leaders want to boost funding for a program that helps fund preschool for children from low-income families, and say they've agreed to increase the budget for the Preschool Open Doors to $10 million.
- Hawaii lawmakers look to audit civil asset forfeiture unit Updated: Apr-18-16 10:33 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers want to know how often police are seizing people's property and what happens with money they make from selling it.
- Hawaii bill would excuse breastfeeding moms from jury duty Updated: Apr-18-16 9:56 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii Sen. Maile Shimabukuro knows firsthand how hard it can be to find an appropriate space for breastfeeding. She found herself pumping milk on the bus while commuting to work when she was breastfeeding her son.
- Hawaii lawmakers look to regulate companies like Uber, Lyft Updated: Apr-15-16 10:36 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to close the gap in car insurance coverage for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft.
- Hawaii Legislature to vote on new state auditor Updated: Apr-15-16 10:10 pm
HONOLULU - The Hawaii Legislature is planning to vote to appoint a new state auditor, in a move that would direct the attention of an official who's viewed as a strict government watchdog from the Legislature to the executive branch.
- Bills funding fight against invasive pests die in Senate Updated: Apr-15-16 6:07 am
HILO, Hawaii - Two bills supporting efforts to combat invasive pests on the Big Island, including one that attacks a highly profitable agricultural crop, have failed to make it through the state Senate.
- Hawaii moves to crack down on campsite rentals on Airbnb Updated: Apr-14-16 9:43 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are taking aim at a burgeoning vacation rental market: online brokers offering up tents to tourists on the islands' world-class beaches and public parks.