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Arson is a Possibility (HILO) — A series of wildfires in the Puuanahulu area of Hawaii Island over the past week have prompted fire and police officials to ask people using the region to report any suspicious activity. The latest fire sparked a little after midnight today, south of the Kona hunter check station in ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: State and County Officials Seek Help in Big Island Wildfires

Honolulu – Gov. David Ige is traveling to New York today in an effort to secure favorable bond ratings, which will allow the state to borrow funds at low interest rates. The state is pursuing funding for new capital improvement projects. It is also looking at refinancing opportunities of existing bonds, which are expected to ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige travels to New York, Washington, D.C. for finance meetings, National Governors Association Winter Meeting

The Hawaii State Department of Health’s medical marijuana registry program is now able to issue patient registration cards in a fraction of the time it took to process a year ago. With the introduction of a new online registry, it now takes three to five business days for the department to issue medical marijuana registration ...
Read More DOH NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Online Registry Accelerates Access for Hawaii’s Patients

HONOLULU — The State of Hawaii today issued a request for proposals (RFP) to modernize its payroll and time and attendance systems to provide greater functionality and efficiencies in serving more than 75,000 full- and part-time employees statewide. The Enterprise Payroll and Time and Attendance Modernization project is being led by the Department of Accounting ...
Read More DAGS NEWS RELEASE: State of Hawaii Requests Proposals to Modernize Payroll, Time and Attendance

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige has appointed Kaiali‘i (Kai) Kahele to his late father’s state Senate seat. Sen. Gil Kahele represented Senate district one which encompasses the greater Hilo area, when he died on Jan. 26, 2016. “Kai has extensive community support and is committed to completing the work of his father. He has a ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige appoints Kaiali‘i Kahele to late father’s seat in state Senate

Honolulu – Gov. David Ige today joined with a bipartisan group of 17 governors to announce the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future – a joint commitment to take action to promote clean energy, clean transportation choices and a modern electrical grid. The Accord provides participating governors – a bipartisan coalition together representing 127 ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige joins bipartisan Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future

HONOLULU — At the direction of the President of the United States, the national and state flags shall be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i as a mark of respect for Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S NEWS RELEASE: Flags to fly at half-staff as a mark of respect for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Friday, as a preventive measure against mosquito borne illnesses that include dengue fever and Zika. This follows the recent decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to open its emergency operations center at Level 1 to prepare for and mitigate the Zika risk. ...
Read More Governor’s Office News Release: State mobilizes to prevent mosquito borne illnesses

Two representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army also honored for participating in Sheriff Recruit Academy HONOLULU – Public Safety Department officials, family members and friends today gathered in Waipio to witness the graduation of the Law Enforcement Recruit Class 15-01 for Deputy Sheriffs at the Hawaii Okinawa Center.  Eight (8) new ...
Read More PSD NEWS RELEASE: 8 New Deputies Join State Sheriff Division Ranks

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed Merton Chinen to lead the Office of Youth Services (OYS). OYS is administratively attached to the Department of Human Services. Chinen has worked at the Department of Human Services for more than 25 years. He served in the Child Welfare Services Branch for 13 years as an assistant ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige appoints executive director of Office of Youth Services