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  HONOLULU – The federal Department of Health and Human Services announced today that Hawaiʻi has been granted a State Innovation Waiver under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The waiver applies only to the Small Business Health Options Program. Since 1974, Hawaiʻi’s Prepaid Health Care Act has required employers to offer healthcare insurance to employees ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Hawaiʻi receives first waiver for Small Business Health Options Program under Affordable Care Act

Minimum Wage Will Rise to $10.10 in 2018 HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that per Act 82, Session Laws of Hawaii (2014), the minimum wage for most employers will increase to $9.25 per hour beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. This is third rise in the minimum ...
Read More DLIR NEWS RELEASE: Minimum wage to increase to .25 in 2017

5TH Report of Humpback Carcass Since November (Kahului, Maui) – Shoreline access at ‘Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve on Maui has been closed due to a whale carcass on shore.  Carcasses often attract sharks, thus the reason for the placement of beach warning signs by Maui County lifeguards and officers from the DLNR Division of ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Whale carcass prompts closures at ‘Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve

Scheduled for Kaua‘i (Honolulu) -The Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold an informational meeting on sea level rise vulnerability and adaptation on Kaua‘i, Monday, January 09, 2017.  This meeting is one of a series of public informational meetings being held state wide in an effort to educate people about the impacts of sea ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Second informational meeting on sea level rise adaptation in Hawai’i

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 11:45 a.m. The siren test is a steady one minute tone on all sirens. The steady ...
Read More HI-EMA NEWS RELEASE: Siren and emergency alert system test

New Year’s Day 2017, hundreds of hikers will make the one-mile hike to the Makapuu Lighthouse overlook at the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline for the annual First Day Hike. These events, held in state parks around the country encourage people to get out and use their parks and to greet the New Year with some ...
Read More DLNR MEDIA ADVISORY: First Day Hike again greets the new year

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies motorists that a checkpoint will be implemented during New Year’s Eve on Lagoon Drive, makai side of Aolele Street, on Saturday night, Dec. 31, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sheriff Deputies will staff the operation to ensure that no impaired drivers, alcoholic beverages, fireworks, ...
Read More HDOT NEWS RELEASE: HDOT schedules New Year’s Even checkpoint on Lagoon Drive

Road Signs Encourage Awareness (Lihue) – In the final weeks of 2016, eight Nene (Hawaiian Goose) have been killed by vehicles along a two mile stretch of the Kaumuali‘i Highway in Kekaha. Nene are only found in Hawai‘i and are listed as endangered due to their low number, with an estimated 1,200 remaining on Kaua‘i. ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: 50 nene killed by vehicles on Kaua’i Highways in the last two years

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII —  The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation is advising the people that the Kailuau-Kona pier will be actively monitored from 4  p.m. December 31, 2016, until approximately 3  a.m. January 01, 2017. Vehicle access will be restricted to commercial permittees and government vehicles that are actively ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Reminder – Restrictions for use of Kailua-Kona Pier New Year’s Eve 2016

2015 State of the State Address

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 in Main

STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS GOVERNOR DAVID Y. IGE TO THE TWENTY-EIGHTH STATE LEGISLATURE MEETING IN JOINT SESSION JANUARY 26, 2015 Mister Speaker, Madame President, former governors, distinguished justices of the courts, representatives of our congressional delegation, members of the Hawaii State Legislature, other elected officials, honored guests, family and friends, Aloha. I am honored ...
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