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For sustainability, the phrase “Think global, act local” has come to mean more with each year of the Ige administration. It means growing more of our own food, focusing on clean energy solutions and nurturing a new generation committed to protecting our islands and island Earth from climate change. Hawai‘i’s leadership has been recognized worldwide ...
Read More Taking action statewide for a Sustainable Hawai’i

Governor Ige has announced a new, innovative program to make green energy installments such as solar water heaters and photovoltaic panels more accessible and affordable for homeowners, renters, small businesses and non-profits. The Green Energy Money $aver (GEM$) on-bill program is the result of a collaborative effort among energy leaders from the public and private ...
Read More GEM$: Making clean energy affordable for consumers

Find them before they find you.” That warning about little fire ants in Hawai‘i should scare anyone since stings can cause blindness in pets, severe pain and allergic reactions in people and damage to crops and wildlife. Infestations have been found on nearly every island in the state. The good news is that the ants and ...
Read More How you can help guard against invasive pests

How do you get people talking about increasing food production in Hawai‘i?  One way, Governor Ige found, was to set an ambitious — even controversial — goal and a projected timeline to meet it. “By saying we wanted to double local food production by 2020, the governor put a target out there and drew attention to ...
Read More Growing, buying local matters for sustainability

A little over 10 years ago, Kupu was a small organization with three young, dedicated co-founders and a dream: to restore the ‘āina while restoring lives. Today Kupu has grown to become the largest youth conservation-focused non-profit in the state. It has more than 150 partners throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific and has generated nearly ...
Read More Kupu opens new Ho’okupu Center to malama ‘āina and our youth

Hawai‘i island will be home to a new global accelerator for startups focusing on sustainable solutions for the aquaculture industry. “This effort aligns with our focus to build an innovation economy, advance sustainability and create jobs,” said Governor Ige. The accelerator and investment fund will be based at the Hawai‘i Ocean Science and Technology Park ...
Read More Accelerating Hawai’i aquaculture

Hawai‘i is on target to meet the state’s goal established by the Legislature 12 years ago to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to equal to or below 1990 levels. That’s the good news from a recent report prepared for the state Department of Health (DOH). “We know that bending the curve of emissions down by 2020 ...
Read More State on target to beat 2020 greenhouse gas emissions goal

Damien Kaimanaonalani Barcarse (Resume)  has worked at Kamehameha Schools since 2013, most recently as the West Hawai‘i regional director. Previously, Barcarse served as the director of the Hawaiian Cultural Based Education Department, as well as interim director/senior project manager and coordinator at the Aina Based Education Department at Kamehameha Schools. Prior to joining Kamehameha Schools, Barcarse ...
Read More Governor Ige appoints Kamehameha educator to Board of Education

Andrew Garrett (Resume)  has served as associate vice president of post-acute care and operations at the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i since 2015. Previously, he was acting president/CEO at the Hawai‘i Institute for Public Affairs, where he also served as a project director. Garrett was also vice president of community building at Communications Pacific. A graduate of ...
Read More Gov. appoints Andrew Garrett as deputy director of DHRD – Department of Human Resources Development.

Sample 2019 Annual Business Report Solicitation  HONOLULU — The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Business Registration Division (BREG) is once again warning local businesses and the public about unofficial solicitations being sent out by Workplace Compliance Services regarding annual business report filings. Workplace Compliance Services has been sending mailings labeled “2019 – ...
Read More RELEASE: State Warns of Unofficial Annual Business Report Solicitations

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