Hawaii News

Traffic Deaths Down in Hawaii Since 2012 DUI Towing Law Enacted

Hawaii Island has seen a decrease in traffic fatalities since the implementation of a county ordinance that permits the towing of vehicles driven by those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported there were 38 …

Hawaii Sues Takata, Honda over Defective Air Bags

The state of Hawaii is suing Japanese manufacturer Takata over defective air bags they say threaten peoples’ lives. The lawsuit filed last week in the First Circuit Court of Hawaii also names auto manufacturer Honda. Millions of Takata’s defective air bags …

PCI Supports Hawaii Legislation to Use Smartphones as Proof of Insurance

The Hawaii Legislature has approved a bill that will enable Hawaii drivers to show proof of insurance with their cellphone in a traffic stop. House Bill 1705 will give consumers the choice to use a paper insurance card or use …

Honolulu Rail Project at Risk of Flood Damage

A group of residents is prepared to take Honolulu, Hawaii officials to court over the city’s multibillion-dollar rail project because of concerns that the rail could be vulnerable to flood damage. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the “Do Rail Right” group …

Hawaii Teenager Says Uber Driver Sexually Assaulted Her

A man who worked as an Uber driver is charged in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old passenger in Hawaii. Uber deactivated the driver, who was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of attempted sex …

Hawaii Lawmakers Want to Regulate Rideshare Companies

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to close the gap in car insurance coverage for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft. Supporters of the bill say that, right now, Uber and Lyft drivers might not be covered by insurance …

Hawaii Lawmakers: How Much Pot Is OK While Driving?

Hawaii lawmakers are asking how much marijuana a driver can safely consume before getting behind the wheel of a car. It’s an issue they want to tackle now that Hawaii is setting up medical marijuana dispensaries, so Rep. Cindy Evans …

Hawaii Lawmakers Consider Ban on Bosses from Workers’ Personal Accounts

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to ban employers from accessing employees’ personal social media accounts. So far, more than 20 states have banned employers from snooping in employees’ personal accounts. About a dozen others are considering similar bills this …

M4.1 Earthquake Hits Hawaii’s Big Island

A magnitude-4.1 earthquake jolted the southern flank of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. The U.S. Geological Survey the quake last week was centered about 26 miles south of Hilo on the Big Island. It hit at 9:23 a.m. There were no reports …

Earthquake Rattled Hawaii’s Big Island

An early morning earthquake rattled Hawaii’s Big Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The USGS reported the magnitude 3.9 struck at 1:52 a.m. on Monday and was centered about 35 miles southwest of Hilo, near the Mauna Loa Observatory. Only …