Hawaii lawmakers vote to increase the minimum wage

Hawaii lawmakers vote to increase the minimum wage

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- President Obama praised Hawaiian lawmakers for raising the state's minimum wage in a statement before a similar hike stalled Wednesday in the U.S. Senate.
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Obama, family begin 17-day Christmas vacation in Hawaii

HONOLULU, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- President Obama and his family have landed in Hawaii for a 17-day Christmas vacation, officials say.

Hawaiian health director only fatality in crash of small plane

KALAUPAPA, Hawaii, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The director of Hawaii's state health department who approved the release of President Obama's birth certificate has died in a plane crash, officials say.
First same-sex marriages take place under Hawaii's new law

First same-sex marriages take place under Hawaii's new law

HONOLULU, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Six same-sex couples exchanged vows at a celebration at a Honolulu hotel Monday, the first day Hawaii's law legalizing same-sex marriages was in effect.

Hawaii targets 'American Jungle' for inaccuracies, possible probe

HONOLULU, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Hawaiian wildlife officials and film agencies say hunting activities on the television reality show "American Jungle" are inaccurate and may be illegal.
Hawaii lawmaker vows to stop same-sex marriage law

Hawaii lawmaker vows to stop same-sex marriage law

HONOLULU, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A Hawaiian lawmaker vowed to seek an injunction against a law Gov. Neil Abercrombie was to sign making Hawaii the 15th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Hawaii to become 15th state to allow same-sex marriage

Hawaii to become 15th state to allow same-sex marriage

HONOLULU, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Hawaii's Legislature Tuesday passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he will sign it.

Hawaii House approves same-sex marriage bill

HONOLULU, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Hawaii's House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage after the state's Senate passed a similar bill in October, officials said.
Same-sex marriage bill clears Hawaii Senate committee; goes to floor

Same-sex marriage bill clears Hawaii Senate committee; goes to floor

HONOLULU, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii cleared a state Senate committee and moved to the full Senate for a vote.

Hawaii Legislature to convene Oct. 28 to consider same-sex marriage

HONOLULU, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, said he has called a special legislative session on the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Tropical Depression Flossie brings heavy rain to Hawaiian Islands

HONOLULU, July 30 (UPI) -- Tropical Depression Flossie brought driving rains across the Hawaiian island chain but was expected to further disintegrate in the next couple of days.

Tropical Storm Flossie weakening near Maui

MIAMI, July 29 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Flossie was weakening Monday near the Hawaiian island of Maui, carrying the threat of heavy rains and dangerous surf.

Schatz sworn in to replace Inouye

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Less than 24 hours after Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz was appointed to the U.S. Senate, he was sworn in to succeed the late Daniel Inouye.

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Neil Abercrombie
Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, participates in a news conference calling for a timetable to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq and for a full and open debate on the Iraq war on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 14, 2006. The rope around his wrists symbolically states that the House leadership has "tied" the hands of those wishing to freely debate the Iraq war and U.S. policy towards Iraq. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Neil Abercrombie (born June 26, 1938) is the 18th and current Governor of Hawaii. He was the Democratic U.S. Representative of the First Congressional District of Hawaii which comprises urban Honolulu. He served in Congress from 1991 to 2010 when he resigned to successfully run for governor. He was also a state legislator and member of the Honolulu City Council.

Abercrombie was born in Buffalo, New York, to Vera June and Donald Abercrombie. Upon graduating from Williamsville High School (now Williamsville South High School), he went on to pursue studies in sociology at Union College in Schenectady, New York. There, Abercrombie obtained his bachelor's degree in 1959. He arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii a month after statehood in September 1959 to study at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where he earned a master's degree in sociology and later a doctorate in American Studies. There he attended classes with, and befriended, current United States President Barack Obama's parents, Ann Dunham and Barack Obama, Sr.

Abercrombie first participated in a political campaign in 1970, seeking the Democratic nomination to the United States Senate. Unsuccessful, Abercrombie ran for the Hawaii State House of Representatives where he served from 1975 to 1979. He moved to the Hawaii State Senate, where he served from 1980 to 1986. After Representative Cecil Heftel resigned from the United States Congress in July 1986 to run for Governor of Hawaiʻi, Abercrombie was elected to the House in a September 1986 special election to complete Heftel's unexpired term. However, on the same day Abercrombie lost the Democratic primary for a full two-year term to Mufi Hannemann, who went on to lose to Republican Pat Saiki in the general election.

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