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HONOLULU — Hawaii's statewide moratorium on residential evictions is expected to be extended for another two months in a coronavirus emergency proclamation that the state's governor plans to issue.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii's governor has said he is cautious about loosening air travel restrictions for people who have received a coronavirus vaccine, while stressing that new virus variants are not widespread in the state.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Tuesday that coronavirus relief aid from the U.S. government and better-than-expected tax revenues have prompted him to reduce the size of budget cuts he has proposed for public schools.

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HONOLULU — Birthday plans for one of Hawaii's most esteemed houses have raised concerns over the proposed $53,000 cost while the state deals with significant economic problems stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Updated 1/26/21, 11:57 a.m.

Governor David Ige says it's time to upgrade the state economy to what he calls "Hawaii 2.0" and to "embrace digital technology." The governor says that process can help reduce our reliance on tourism and help diversify the economy.

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Updated 1/22/21, 10:42 a.m.

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Gov. David Ige's appointee to a Hawaii Senate seat previously called for his impeachment in a post on social media.

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Updated 1/20/21, 11:58 a.m.

When it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Hawaii, demand is running far ahead of supply. That word came Tuesday from top state officials -- including Governor David Ige.

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Updated 1/6/21, 3:30 p.m.

Governor David Ige condemned the actions of protestors who stormed the U.S. Capitol in D.C. Monday morning, protesting the congressional confirmation of the presidential election’s result.

Updated 12/24/20, 3:46 p.m.

Where we stand

The state Department of Health reported 129 new cases and no new fatalities Thursday.

According to the state's numbers, Oʻahu had 79 new cases, Maui 33, Hawaiʻi County 11, Kauaʻi 1, Lanai and Molokaʻi had none.

The latest state counts bring the Oʻahu total to 17,356, Hawaiʻi County 1,848, Maui 838, Kauaʻi 139, Lanai 106 and Molokaʻi 22. The number of out-of-state cases totals 341.

Since the pandemic began, the state has tallied 20,650 cases. The death toll stands at 285.

Governor David Ige announced Wednesday afternoon that there will be a delay in state furloughs, that were set to begin on January 1, 2021.

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Hawaii Governor David Ige says his proposed two-year spending plan reflects the difficult decisions forced on the state by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Updated 12/17/20, 12:03 p.m.

Governor David Ige released his latest COVID-19 proclamation for the state Wednesday. It extends the eviction moratorium and reducing the mandatory quarantine for travelers. The latest rules go into effect today.

State Workers Face Furloughs Beginning 2021

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State government workers will face furloughs starting in 2021.

Gov. Ige on tweaked travel requirements; Homelessness conference charts gains and needs; Honolulu weighs options to avoid layoffs; KCC farmers market reopens; Fresh milled rice in Kakaako

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Updated 6/25/20, 1:12 p.m.

HONOLULU — A judge said she will "disregard" the U.S. Department of Justice's statement in support of a lawsuit challenging Hawaii's quarantine, imposed on arriving travelers in an attempt to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Many state and local governments across the country have suspended public records requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic, denying or delaying access to information that could shed light on key government decisions.


Gov. David. Ige talks masks and other coronavirus concerns; Honolulu's 911, ambulance services stand ready; Local company has masks hookup; Local film industry hit hard but optimistic about future

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Updated: 3/23/20, 9:07 p.m.

The state Department of Health said Hawaii has recorded its first death from the coronavirus. The Oahu adult with multiple underlying conditions died on March 20. The department said in a news release that the victim had potential, indirect travel-related exposure.

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It's here, Hawaii's first coronavirus case. What happens next depends heavily on the steps taken by local, state and federal officials as the potentially fatal, financially disruptive epidemic infects the islands.

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Updated: Dec. 26, 2:15 p.m.

Hawaii County is temporarily closing the Mauna Kea Access Road on Hawaii Island until Saturday as the road is cleared and made completely accessible to the public, Mayor Harry Kim announced Thursday. This follows a morning when public traffic was flowing around protestersʻ tents on the road. 

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige wants to spend an additional half a billion dollars over the next two years on state government operations.

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Citing changed conditions atop Mauna Kea, Governor David Ige has withdrawn his emergency proclamation. During a press conference, Ige told reporters that the Department of Land and Natural Resources have approved a two year deadline extension to begin construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope.

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Gov. David Ige signed a bill Monday to revitalize the Aloha Stadium area and provide funding for construction of a new stadium. H.B. 1586, now Act 268, allows the Hawaii Community Development Authority to upgrade state-owned property under the stadium authority’s jurisdiction and designates the area around the sports center as the Stadium Development District.

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Leaders in the state Senate and House of Representatives announced on Friday that lawmakers will not attempt to override any vetoes issued by Governor David Ige. 

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Governor Releases Intent to Veto; Seawater Air Conditioning with Eric Matsutomi; Reality Check; Caly Plantcam

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HONOLULU — Hawaii's governor will support a state bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, a report said.

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Hawaii Governor David Ige on Monday announced he plans to veto a bill that would require short-term rental booking platforms to collect state taxes. The measure, S.B. 1292, was passed by the state Senate last month by a single vote.

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The 2017 federal tax cuts created something called “Opportunity Zones.” The idea was to give investors a tax break by putting money into economically troubled areas.

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Farmers and ranchers from across the state met with Governor David Ige and legislators today in an attempt to revive a contentious water rights bill. The group says without House Bill 1326, hundreds of Hawaiʻi’s farmers and ranchers would lose their access to water at the end of the year.