Hawaii House leaders propose hiking minimum wage to $18

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers opened a new session of the Legislature on Wednesday with House leaders proposing to raise the state’s minimum wage to $18 an hour and spend $600 million on housing for Native Hawaiians on the waiting list for Hawaiian homelands.

Zuckerberg, Chan to gift $50M to Hawai‘i ocean research

LIHU‘E — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Dr. Priscilla Chan will gift $50 million over seven years to ocean-conservation research through the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

KFD responds to Pua Loke fire Monday night

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i Fire Department personnel extinguished a structure fire that originated in the kitchen of a unit at Kealaula at Pua Loke in Lihu‘e Monday evening, according to a preliminary report.

Igne pleads not guilty to all counts

LIHU‘E — A Lawa‘i driver involved in a fatal two-vehicle crash on Kaumuali‘i Highway Christmas Eve two years ago has pleaded not guilty to all charges, ranging from manslaughter to negligent homicide for deaths resulting from the collision.

Record COVID-19 case counts prompt DOH pivot

Faced with record COVID-19 case counts, the state Department of Health is temporarily limiting release of the data they collect and suspending the processing of negative cases.

Kate Nakamura selected to co-host national program

Monday was an observed school holiday, but the technology classroom buzzed with activity from students preparing projects for the Student Television Network convention and Kate Nakamura engaged in a pre-recording segment for the Public Broadcasting Service NewsHour program that will air on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

St. Theresa School carnival canceled again

St. Theresa School students, staff and families returned from winter break to in-person learning and the sad announcement of their annual fundraising carnival being canceled for a second straight year.