Ige: Counties no longer need state approval of their emergency orders

  • A keiki takes part in a protest at Old Kona Airport Park Tuesday where a free vaccine clinic was taking place. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Protesters wave signs at Old Kona Airport Park Tuesday where a free vaccine clinic was taking place. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaii Army National Guard medic Kelsea Shiosaki administers a COVID vaccine Tuesday at Old Kona Airport Park. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Gov. Ige announced Tuesday that as of Dec. 1, he will no longer require counties to obtain his approval or that of Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, before issuing county emergency orders, rules or proclamations.