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One national study predicts that 70 percent of Hawai‘i’s jobs will require some postsecondary education by 2020. I believe education reform in Hawai‘i starts with changing the current top-down bureaucracy of the DOE to a school-centered one. Our blueprint for Hawai‘i’s schools is based on input from over 3,000 parents, teachers and community members from ...
Read More Transforming education for the 21st century

Innovation means developing new clean energy technologies that will create engineering and other high-paying jobs while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and protecting the ‘āina. Innovation means remaining on the cutting edge of healthcare. That’s why I’m proposing $5 million in each of the next two years to support the Cancer Center of Hawaii. ...
Read More Reshaping our economy through innovation

Self-sufficiency expanded through agriculture We have a goal to double local food production by 2020 with the purchase of farm lands, programs that support local farmers, incentives to grow organic, and incubators to help entrepreneurs create new food products and businesses. With the Legislature’s help, we purchased the Galbraith lands on O‘ahu, adding more acreage ...
Read More Growing a strong economy: Now and for the future

Protecting Hawai‘i’s environment and cultural resources Last September at the World Conservation Congress, we unveiled our Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative to protect our watershed forests, better manage our oceans, double our food production and achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. My budget includes $31 million in CIP funds for these sustainability initiatives. I am also ...
Read More Protecting our natural and cultural resources

To date, we’ve produced a total of 1,050 units in the past two years with over 4,000 more in the pipeline, 80 percent of which will be rentals. To build on that momentum, I convened a group of affordable home developers and advocates to listen to their suggestions to maximize state financing tools and provide ...
Read More Taking action on affordable housing and homelessness

Three years ago, we set out to make government more efficient, effective and accountable to the people. One of the more exciting ways we’re doing this is through a program with the Office of Enterprise Technology Services. To engage the local tech community in the modernization of state government, we began a Code Challenge. We ...
Read More Making government work for the people

Growing Trees will Provide Opportunity for Purchase of Credits (Honolulu) – If you drive a car, fly in a plane, use air-conditioning to cool your home, or engage in other activity powered by fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gas, you may soon have new ways to offset your emissions locally, by supporting Hawaiian forest restoration. ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: State land board approves carbon credits initiative

  HONOLULU – Attorney General Doug Chin announced that Eric H. L. Ching, a candidate in 2016 for the state house of representatives district 31 seat (Moanalua, Red Hill, Foster Village, Aiea, Fort Shafter, Moanalua Gardens, Aliamanu, Lower Pearlridge), was charged yesterday with two misdemeanors for sending mailers without identifying the individual or organization that ...
Read More ATG NEWS RELEASE: State legislative candidate charged for distribution of unauthorized mailers

The State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection today announced a settlement with Colorado-based The Western Union Company, resolving a multistate investigation which focused on complaints of consumers who used Western Union’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers.  In addition to Hawaii, 48 states and the ...
Read More DCCA NEWS RELEASE: Office of Consumer Protection announces settlement with Western Union

Annual Publications Help Consumers Compare Insurance Premiums HONOLULU – The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Insurance Division released its annual premium comparison publications for motor vehicle, homeowner, condominium, and renters insurance. “These publications help consumers make the right decisions for their insurance needs,” said Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito.  “We encourage people to use these ...
Read More DCCA NEWS RELEASE: Consumers encouraged to explore insurance options

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