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It’s late on a Sunday afternoon, and Dr. Christina Kishimoto is driving to a family gathering. But Hawai‘i’s new  schools superintendent makes time to talk about her childhood in New York, her passion for public education and the promise she sees for the state’s school system. Kishimoto has been credited with helping to turn around struggling ...
Read More Dr. Christina Kishimoto: Hawai‘i’s new superintendent

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 ...
Read More Maui County: historic changes, housing and community pride

Hawai‘i became the first state in the nation to establish a Kupuna Caregivers program to help adults who work at least 30 hours a week while also providing family caregiving. The bill aims to ease caregiving costs by paying up to $70 a day to contracted service providers, based on certain criteria and availability of ...
Read More New Kupuna Caregivers program ‘first in nation’

HONOLULU – Attorney General Doug Chin announced today that state circuit court Judge Jeffrey P. Crabtree ruled in favor of the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and against helicopter operator Novictor Aviation, LLC (Novictor) in a dispute regarding Novictor’s 30-day permit at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Novictor had been a permittee ...
Read More ATG NEWS RELEASE: State wins airport permit dispute

Subject: Mauna Kea TMT Decision “We are providing a copy of Judge Riki May Amano’s Proposed Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Decision and Order (the Order) filed today in the contested case hearing regarding the Thirty Meter Telescope Conservation District Use permit application.We are currently reviewing the Order. Now that Judge Amano has ...
Read More DLNR STATEMENT: Mauna Kea TMT decision

I want to thank hearings officer and former Judge Riki May Amano for her diligent work in making a recommendation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources regarding the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project at Mauna Kea. We are in the process of reviewing the conditions included in the decision. Regardless of the BLNR’s ...
Read More Governor’s statement on hearing officer’s TMT order

Illustrates Trashing of Wilderness Park by Illegal Campers & Squatters (Lihue, Kaua‘i) – Since the first of this year, DLNR Division of State Parks maintenance staff on Kaua‘i have gathered, bagged, and airlifted 10.92 tons of rubbish from the Kalalau section of the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park.  At least monthly, regular clean-up operations, have ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Nearly eleven tons of rubbish removed from Kalalau so far in 2017

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAI‘I — Volunteers are invited to participate in a community workday and free fun activities to help restore the natural ecosystem of three anchialine pools in the Mahai‘ula section of Kekaha Kai State Park on Saturday, July 25. A beach cleanup is also part of the day’s events. The restoration project will involve removing ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: HTA grant enables restoration of 3 anchialine pools within Kekaha Kai State Park

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division is making project status data available publically on the HDOT Website. Available data includes the schedule, scope, and estimated cost for all current State Highways projects as well as all projects planned to begin construction in the next two years. The data is open to ...
Read More HDOT NEWS RELEASE: State highways project data now available on HDOT website

Young Hawaiian Short-Eared Owl Killed In Auto Collision           (Lihue, Kaua‘i) – A young Pueo, or Hawaiian Short-eared Owl, rescued in late March, was killed by a car on the highway between Waimea and Hanapepe two months after it had been released.  The owl was originally spotted on March 22, 2017 by Dr. André Raine of ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Despite rescue, rehab and release pueo meets fate of so many birds