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HONOLULU – Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent $17.82 billion1 in 2018, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to 2017, according to preliminary year-end statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Spending by visitors generated $2.08 billion in state tax revenue in 2018, an increase of $133.1 million (+6.8%) from 2017. Additionally, 217,000 jobs2 statewide were ...
Read More News Release HTA: Hawaii Visitor Statistics Released for 2018

The regularly scheduled nighttime work for the Pali Highway Resurfacing project will be canceled on Sunday night, Feb. 3, and will resume Monday night, Feb. 4. OAHU LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEKEND OF FEB. 1 – FEB. 3   PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are ...
Read More HDOT News Release: Weekend lane closures

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has designated Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser as acting chairperson of the Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture. The designation comes after Denise Albano resigned for personal reasons on January 29, 2019. Albano was the governor’s nominee for Board of Agriculture chairperson. Under HRS 26-33, Shimabukuro-Geiser will serve in this position for up to 60 ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Governor designates Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser as acting Board of Agriculture chair

HONOLULU — The monthly test of the Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System, coordinated with the test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2019 at 11:45 a.m. During this monthly test, all Statewide Outdoor Warning Sirens will sound a one-minute Attention Alert Signal (Steady Tone).  ...
Read More FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monthly Siren and Emergency Alert System Test, Friday, February 1, 2019

Link to photos here Link to video here Link to signed agreement here HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and state leaders launched the first-ever Hawai‘i Early Childhood State Plan 2019-2024 with the signing of an agreement between state government leaders to work together to implement the plan. The comprehensive, widely accepted plan aims to guide ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – State launches collaborative plan for early childhood education

Building a better Hawai’i for generations to come Excerpts of the Governor’s 2019 State of the State Address   “The future has a name, and it is the name of a son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter.” — Governor David Y. Ige Like the start of each new year, the State of the State address offers us ...
Read More Building a better Hawai’i for generations to come

Hawai‘i is once again ranked the healthiest state in the nation. Our unemployment rate is among the lowest in the country. Our visitor industry is moving toward another record-setting year, and both individual personal income and the state’s gross domestic product have been steadily growing. For four years, we have worked hard to put the ...
Read More ‘The state of the State of Hawai’i is sound’

In 2023, Alekah will be ready for preschool. But will a preschool be available and ready for her? Research tells us that early childhood education, such as preschool programs, are critical for brain development. Yet in Hawai‘i, we have left that important task to others and only for families who can afford private preschool tuition. ...
Read More A new system of public preschools

On islands where land is scarce and the cost of living high, providing affordable homes for our families has been one of the most challenging aspects of caring and looking out for each other. . . .With the help of the Legislature, our Congressional delegation, the counties, federal agencies, business and community service organizations, we ...
Read More New approaches to affordable housing, homelessness

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