Maui County: historic changes, housing and community pridePosted on Jul 27, 2017 in Capitol Connection, Featured
It was a busy month for Maui County with bill signings, a groundbreaking, a popular community festival and the transition of Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lāna‘i Community Hospital to Kaiser Permanente’s affiliate, Maui Health System.
On Maui July 1, the governor participated in a ceremony that marked the transfer of Maui’s state hospitals to the Maui Health System, an affiliate of Kaiser Permanente. On July 7, he also helped break ground for Hale Mahaolu Ewalu Senior Housing with executive director Roy Katsuda.
On Lāna‘i, the governor and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige shared in the fun of the Pineapple Festival, an event that honors the island’s proud plantation heritage. They met many island residents, including members of a girls’ softball team.
On Moloka‘i July 5, he signed a historic bill that reduces the blood quantum required for successorship to Hawaiian Homestead land. “This allows long-time homesteaders to keep the lease in their family,” said the governor. It was the first time a
governor has signed a bill on Moloka‘i. He also met Moloka‘i’s Kualapu‘u School robotics team, who took 2nd in the 2017 VEX IQ World Championship against 272 teams from 30 countries.