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State may suspend limits on claims over child sexual abuse

The state may again temporarily suspend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse victims to file lawsuits against their alleged perpetrators, regardless of when the abuse happened. Read More
Updated on  February 20, 2018 at 10:19 pm

Bill would let Airbnb brokers act as tax agents


Updated on  February 18, 2018 at 10:47 pm
A proposal that would allow Airbnb to collect tens of millions of dollars in state taxes generated by short-term rentals using the online home-sharing platform would also make it illegal for Airbnb to do business with any rental operators breaking county zoning laws. Read More

Tsutsui expected to join Hanabusa campaign

Not long after his abrupt resignation as Hawaii’s lieutenant governor, Shan Tsutsui is said to be gearing up to run the Maui operations for the gubernatorial campaign of U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as she mounts a challenge to Tsutsui’s old boss, Gov. David Ige. Read More

Seniors in Kakaako affordable housing to get rent assistance

Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday that the state plans to provide $2.8 million over 15 years in rental subsidies for seniors living in the Na Lei Hulu Kupuna affordable housing project, where tenants feared rent increases under new owners. Read More
Updated on  February 14, 2018 at 10:24 pm

Waianae homeless camp seeks help from state


Updated on  February 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm
Residents of a large homeless encampment near the Waianae Small Boat Harbor say they are not to blame for many of the concerns being cited as reasons to explore shutting down the village on state-owned property. Read More

Lawmakers seek solutions for Waianae encampment


Updated on  February 14, 2018 at 1:02 am
Leadership in the state House of Representatives tabled a bill Tuesday that would have protected roughly 200 residents of a long-standing homeless encampment near the Waianae Small Boat Harbor from being swept from the state-owned property. Read More

Handling of Takai campaign funds raises questions


Updated on  February 10, 2018 at 10:26 pm
The presumably dormant re-election campaign for the late U.S. Rep. Mark Takai has paid out close to $5,000 over the past year to purchase data from a Washington, D.C.-based campaign software vendor that tracks voter information. Read More

State bill would mandate emergency shelter space

All new state buildings would have to be designed and built with shelter space capable of withstanding catastrophic disasters under a proposal making its way through the Legislature. Read More
Updated on  February 8, 2018 at 11:01 pm

Bill would raise minimum hourly wage to $15

Hawaii’s hourly minimum wage would increase over two years to $15 by 2020 under a proposal advanced Tuesday by the Senate Labor Committee. Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2018 at 9:50 pm

Chin is sworn in as lieutenant governor


Updated on  February 3, 2018 at 10:22 am
Newly sworn-in Lt. Gov. Doug Chin says he can responsibly balance the job of being second in command of state government while campaigning for Congress. Read More

Escapee’s sexual relations at hospital fuel debate


Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 10:11 pm
Lawmakers took Hawaii State Hospital officials to task over reports that escaped patient and admitted killer Randall Saito had a half-dozen sexual relationships while in the psychiatric facility’s care — including with hospital employees, who legislators believe may have helped him escape in November. Read More

Chin takes oath to become Hawaii’s lieutenant governor


Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 10:58 am
Former state Attorney General Doug Chin took the oath of office this morning to officially become the 13th lieutenant governor of the state of Hawaii, replacing Shan Tsutsui who abruptly resigned Wednesday. Read More

Kim attracts most donations in race for seat in U.S. House


Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 9:55 am
Veteran state lawmaker Sen. Donna Mercado Kim flexed her fundraising muscle and raised more than $170,000 in campaign contributions so far to support her run for the U.S. House seat representing urban Honolulu. Read More

Chin takes state’s No. 2 post


Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 5:50 am
State Attorney General Doug Chin announced today that he will continue to campaign for Congress while agreeing to fill out the remaining term of Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui. Read More

Measure again seeks to have Airbnb collect taxes

Lawmakers are again weighing legislation that would allow Airbnb to collect for the state an estimated $30 million a year in taxes generated by short-term rentals marketed on the popular home-sharing platform. Read More
Updated on  February 1, 2018 at 12:14 am

Ige campaign beats out Hanabusa, collects $811K for governor’s race


Updated on  February 1, 2018 at 12:19 am
Gov. David Ige raked in more than $800,000 in campaign donations for his re-election bid in the last half of 2017 — short of the $1 million he set out to raise in that time frame, but slightly more than his Democratic opponent U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Read More

Ige raises more than $800,000 for re-election bid


Updated on  January 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm
Gov. David Ige garnered more than $800,000 in campaign donations for his re-election bid through the end of the year — short of the $1 million he planned to raise in that time frame, but more than his Democratic opponent U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Read More

Hotel taxes are eyed for 1-way tickets for homeless


Updated on  January 30, 2018 at 10:30 pm
The state’s hotel taxes could support repatriation efforts by the private sector to return homeless people in resort areas to the mainland under a proposal lawmakers are considering. Read More

Hanabusa raises over $700,000 for campaign


Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 1:01 pm
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hana­busa has attracted more than $700,000 in campaign donations so far in her bid to become Hawaii’s next governor. Read More

HSTA renews push for new tax surcharges to fund schools


Updated on  January 28, 2018 at 4:58 pm
The teachers union is again pushing for legislation to create a dedicated funding stream for public schools by taxing investment homes and visitor accommodations to pay for things like retaining teachers and expanding public preschool and after-school programs. Read More

Isles should brace for flu outbreak, says state official

As flu cases continue to rapidly escalate on the mainland, local health officials say it’s only a matter of time before the virus intensifies in the islands. Read More
Updated on  January 23, 2018 at 9:09 pm