Hawaii News

Hawaii’s Big Island Hit by M5.3 Earthquake

A magnitude-5.3 earthquake shook Hawaii’s Big Island, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. No damage was reported in the quake, which the USGS said was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) southeast of Volcano town on the state’s southernmost island at …

Hawaii Sues Auto Makers over Shrapnel-Spewing Air Bags

Hawaii is suing auto manufacturers Ford, Nissan and Toyota over air bags that can spew shrapnel when they deploy. The complaint filed Wednesday says the manufacturers knew or should have known for more than a decade that air bags installed …

Small Quake Jolts Southern Part of Hawaii’s Big Island

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake hit the island of Hawaii, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The earthquake hit at 5:59 p.m. local time on Monday. Its epicenter was 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of Pahala, a town with a population of …

Bill Requiring Day Care Liability Insurance Awaits Hawaii Governor’s OK

A bill requiring Hawaii child care providers to obtain liability insurance has passed its final reading in the House. The bill is awaiting Gov. David Ige’s signature to go into effect, Hawaii News Now reported. The bill would increase oversight …

Lifeguard Liability Protections Set for Vote in Hawaii Legislature

Hawaii officials are looking over two bills that would either keep or end liability protection for cities and counties during drowning incidents. Kauai, Maui and Honolulu officials held a news conference this week to urge lawmakers to extend liability protections …

Hawaii May Ask Child Care Providers to Carry Liability Insurance

Child care providers would be required to carry liability insurance under a bill in the Hawaii Legislature. It’s part of an effort to increase oversight of state-licensed child care facilities. Supporters say requiring liability insurance will reduce unnecessary legal costs …

Hawaiian Lawmakers Seeking to Get Vacation Rental Data

Hawaii lawmakers may create a group to develop a way to collect data on how vacation rentals affect Hawaii’s tax revenue, housing supply and brand as a visitor destination. The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed a bill to set …

Hawaii Hotel Employee Sues over Ignored Assault Complaint

An employee of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa has filed a lawsuit claiming hotel officials continued to accommodate a guest who groped her. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the employee on Tuesday filed the lawsuit against the …

Tropical Storm Darby Makes Landfall on Big Island of Hawaii: AIR

Tropical Storm Darby, which formed off the coast of Mexico on July 11, quickly reached hurricane status as it moved westward toward Hawaii finally reaching landfall on Monday, according to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide. However, the hurricane weakened on …

Hawaii Getting $1M in Federal Aid to Battle Zika Virus

Hawaii will receive $1 million in federal funds to fight the Zika virus. The cash will go toward developing and improving state websites about Zika preparedness. It also will pay for a communications staffer to handle public outreach. The state …