Press Releases

Honolulu – Gov. David Ige signed the historic tobacco legislation, Senate Bill 1030 (Act 122) into law Friday, June 19. When enacted on January 1, 2016, Act 122 will make Hawai‘i  the first state in the nation to prohibit the sale, purchase, possession or consumption of cigarettes, other tobacco products, and electronic smoking devices (or ...
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Honolulu – Gov. David Ige today signed into law Senate Bill 181 (Act 124) which grants high school diplomas to veterans of the armed forces who were not able to complete their education because of compulsory service in the armed services of the United States during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige signs bill extending program that grants high school diplomas to veterans

What:            Debrief of Governor’s trip to Japan                         and  Bill signing ceremony for the following: SB 1030 – increases the minimum age for the sale, purchase and possession of tobacco products from 18 to 21 HB 525 – prohibits smoking and use of tobacco products at state parks SB 181 – allows the Department ...
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The recent mass harvesting of sea cucumbers from near shore waters in Hawaii is prompting the Department of Land and Natural Resources to request emergency actions to prevent the depletion of this marine resource. What: News Conference When: June 18, 2015 2:30 p.m. Where: DLNR Chairperson’s Office (Breezeway) Who: Suzanne Case, DLNR Chairperson Jason Redulla, ...
Read More DLNR MEDIA ADVISORY: OVERHARVESTING OF SEA CUCUMBERS

Honolulu – Gov. David Ige met with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday, June 15 (Tuesday, June 16 in Japan), his first day of meetings in Tokyo, Japan. Gov. Ige and Chief of Staff Mike McCartney also met with executives at Hitachi Ltd., IBM Japan and Amuse, Inc., a Japanese management, production and publication ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige meets with Japan Prime Minister Abe, corporations, in effort to boost economic development in Hawai‘i

HONOLULU — State Chief Information Officer (CIO) Todd Nacapuy today issued the following statement in recognition of eHawaii.gov being named “Best in Class” winner in the Interactive Media Awards’ government category. For the second consecutive year, the award singles out Hawaii.gov, the official website of the Aloha State, among government sites across the nation. Nacapuy ...
Read More OIMT NEWS RELEASE: State CIO Congratulates eHawaii.gov Team on Latest National Honor

Honolulu – Gov. David Ige is meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan, travel industry partners, corporations and businesses today, his first full day in Tokyo, Japan. The governor is in Japan to promote and expand travel to the Hawaiian Islands and to discuss the possible pre-clearance of flights from Japan to Hawai‘i and the ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige begins first round of meetings in Tokyo

HONOLULU– The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists of a planned traffic signal outage at the intersection of Lumiaina Street and Kamehameha Highway on Tuesday, June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crews will install new traffic signals and introduce a new lane configuration which is part of the Lumiaina Street Traffic ...
Read More DOT NEWS RELEASE: PLANNED TRAFFIC SIGNAL OUTAGE AT LUMIAINA STREET-KAMEHAMEHA HIGHWAY INTERSECTION

HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of State Parks will close the upper Makapu’u lookout and adjacent areas starting June 17, 2015.  The lower lookout facing Makapu`u will be kept open for park visitors.  The upper lookout will be replaced in the same location and work in the adjacent areas ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: PROJECT UPDATE: DLNR TO CLOSE THE SUMMIT LOOKOUT AREA FOR CONTINUED REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS TO THE MAKAPU‘U POINT LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL (ROAD)

Honolulu — Gov. David Ige will be traveling to Japan to meet with government officials and members of the travel industry to promote and expand travel from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands. Japan is the number one international market for Hawai‘i with 18 daily flights to the Hawaiian Islands that bring in 1.5 million visitors ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige will visit Japan to promote travel to Hawaiian Islands, honor enduring cultural, economic ties