Hawaii News

Pacific Hurricane Forecast Complicated by Coronavirus

The Central Pacific basin including Hawaii should expect to see between two and six tropical storms or hurricanes this year, federal forecasters said this week. The annual National Weather Service prediction came as wary Hawaii residents begin to emerge from …

Tech Issues Hampered Information on Tsunami Watch for Hawaii

Technical issues made it difficult to get information about a tsunami watch for Hawaii and its subsequent cancellation, the National Weather Service said Wednesday. The brief tsunami watch was canceled Tuesday after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the northern …

Hawaii Looking for Ways to Combat Traffic-Related Deaths

Hawaii lawmakers have proposed initiatives to help reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities after transportation officials confirmed more than 100 deaths in the last year. Those initiatives include installing traffic cameras to capture drivers running red lights and enforcing zero-tolerance …

Employers Moving into Hawaii with Its Workers’ Comp

Employers Inc. is now offering workers’ compensation insurance policies in Hawaii. The expansion has Employers providing workers’ comp to small businesses nationally, excluding four monopolistic states. Employers Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers’ …

Hawaii Retailers Sued for Mislabeling Kona Brew

Hawaii coffee farmers have filed a lawsuit against major retailers after scientific tests confirm Kona coffee is mislabeled as authentic. West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday that three Kona coffee farmers say a coffee lawsuit is brewing on the Big Island …

State Farm Cuts Auto Insurance Rates in Hawaii

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. will cut its rates in Hawaii for the third time in two years, the company announced. As a result, its overall personal auto rate will drop by 2.6 percent. The total state-wide expected impact …

Forecasters Say Hawaii May Have Busy Hurricane Season

Hawaii and the Central Pacific could experience more storms than normal during this year’s hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Wednesday there will be five to eight named tropical cyclones in the region from June 1 through …

Hawaii Reefs Provide $835M in Flood Protection, Study Shows

Hawaii’s coral reefs provide more than $835 million in flood protection for the state annually, according to a new study. The report by the U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy and the University of California-Santa Cruz established the value that …

Hawaii Drunken Driving Bill Would Prohibit Alcohol Purchase for 3 Years

Hawaii lawmakers have advanced a measure that would allow judges to prohibit people convicted of drunken driving from purchasing or publicly consuming alcohol for three years after their conviction. The measure, introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Chris Lee, has yet …

Hawaii Private School Pays $65M to Sex Abuse Victims

A private school system in Hawaii has paid $65 million to 32 people who sued the institution for the sexual abuse perpetrated decades ago by a psychiatric consultant. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the payment Kamehameha Schools made this week is …