Press Releases

What:     Proclamation ceremony for University of Hawai’i athletes, coaches Where:  Ceremonial Room, Governor’s office When:   Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. Governor David Ige will welcome more than 50 student athletes and coaches from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in a special proclamation ceremony this evening at 5:30 in the Governor’s ceremonial room ...
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HONOLULU — The Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce that Judy Mohr Peterson, Ph.D., will join the department as the new Med-QUEST Division (MQD) Administrator.  Dr. Mohr Peterson is a nationally-recognized leader in Medicaid, health care transformation and Affordable Care Act implementation. Dr. Mohr Peterson begins work on July 1, 2015 and ...
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Honolulu, Hawaii — A bill signed into law today by Governor David Ige will make Hawaii the first state in the nation to mandate accommodations for the hearing and visually impaired at movie theatres statewide. HB1272 requires anyone that operates a motion picture theater in more than two locations in the state to provide open ...
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WHO: Governor David Ige, Representative James Tokioka (Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Old Koloa Town, Omao) WHAT: Bill signing ceremony for HB1272, which requires theaters to make available closed captioning and audio descriptions for at least two showings per week. The measure requires anyone that operates a motion picture theater in more than two locations ...
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HONOLULU – Freeman Sasao, 56, a former Oʻahu circuit court probation officer, was charged Friday with one count of felony theft and eleven felony forgery counts, Attorney General Doug Chin announced. The complaint alleges that during the period of July 1, 2011 through July 9, 2013, Sasao collected eleven payments from various probationers that had ...
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WAILUKU – Nelson N. Waikiki, a former 2014 candidate for Maui mayor, was sentenced Friday by Maui circuit judge Rhonda I. L. Loo to 20 years in prison for securities fraud, the state attorney general’s office announced. “Mr. Waikiki convinced several people to invest money in a water rights company on Maui,” said Deputy Attorney ...
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HONOLULU – The Department of Public Safety (PSD) is looking for a few good men and women to join the State Sheriff Division. Recruitment will open on the Department of Human Resources and Development (DHRD) website for a three-week period from Monday, May 4, until Sunday, May 24.  PSD is seeking applicants willing to serve ...
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Honolulu, Hawaii – House and Senate budget conferees funded $28 million in Grant-in-Aid (GIA) for local organizations serving the public and working to improve the state of Hawaii.  The total appropriations, amounted to nearly $20 million in capital improvement projects (CIP) funding and $8 million in operating funds. The funding agreements were made as lawmakers ...
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HONOLULU – Today Governor David Ige, key members of the State House and Senate, Ray Soon, Chief of Staff to City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Lea Hong, Trust for Public Land, and Doug Cole, North Shore Community Land Trust, held a news conference to announce that an agreement has been reached regarding ...
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MAKENA, MAUI —   The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has closed Makena State Park and ocean waters from Big Beach to La Perouse light house to swimmers, divers, and other ocean users. This is in response to a fatal shark bite this morning in the Kanahena Cove area of Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area ...
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