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Few issues in recent memory have been more controversial for Hawai‘i than the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project. As people weigh in on all sides, Governor Ige continues to believe that respect for Mauna Kea can be reconciled with astronomy and that Native Hawaiian culture and modern science can work together to benefit the whole ...
Read More Finding a way forward on Mauna Kea, TMT

From its initial site selection in 2009 to the notice to proceed in July 2019, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea has undergone unprecedented legal and community scrutiny. The process involved numerous public hearings, court appeals, and, finally, a 2018 Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruling that upheld a Conservation District Use Permit approved by ...
Read More Findings and conditions for the TMT to proceed

Among Native Hawaiian TMT supporters are a grandfather and his grandson who want to encourage others to show support for the project and astronomy in Hawai‘i. The grandfather is Oliver Crowell, a Kamehameha Schools alumnus interviewed by KGMB’s Hawaii News Now. Crowell said he knows of many Native Hawaiians who support TMT but are reluctant ...
Read More The ‘silent majority’ speaks out

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo has been doing groundbreaking work to integrate modern science and indigenous culture since the center first opened in 2006. Recently, Hawaiian immersion students and teachers, working with ‘Imiloa, have garnered their own share of global attention. Their program aims to make Hawai‘i the first place in the world to ...
Read More ‘Imiloa: Sharing Hawai’i’s legacy of exploration

“Donate stuff. Create local jobs.” That simple yet powerful message on Goodwill’s website is at the heart of its mission: to help people with employment challenges become self-sufficient through the dignity of work. We all know Goodwill Hawaii through its stores statewide. And yes, Goodwill has become cool again, thanks to environmentally conscious recyclers, creative ...
Read More Goodwill Hawaii: Still relevant after 60 years of growth

A  monumental, two-year effort to modernize the state’s environmental impact statement rules has been completed by the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) and the State Environmental Council. The new rules took effect on Aug. 9 and represent the first updating in more than 20 years. “These rules strike the right balance to ensure public ...
Read More Modernizing the EIS process

How do a state — and a nation — move forward on the toughest of issues? The answers lie in the laws we enact and the actions we take to resolve differences and address common concerns. This edition of Capitol Connection highlights several legislative bills Governor Ige recently signed into law and looks ahead to ...
Read More From the governor: Local leaders tackle tough issues

In the past two months, Governor Ige has joined with legislators and advocates to sign into law dozens of bills that affect virtually every segment of the community, including measures that advance the governor’s major initiatives in housing and homelessness, sustainability and education. The signing ceremonies represent the culmination of often years of work by ...
Read More New laws to move forward on state’s key issues

We’ve all heard the advice about two-week supply kits, family emergency plans and prepping for possible hurricane damage. But how many of us are taking the advice seriously? As the head of Hawai‘i’s Emergency Management Agency, Tom Travis worries about that as much as the next hurricane or tsunami alert. “The foundation on which emergency ...
Read More HI-EMA urges residents to prepare, stay vigilant

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I • The governor also signed three bills supporting various UH programs: HB 1547 (Act 264), appropriating $4 million for UH Mānoa and UH Hilo student athletes, operations and team travel. HB654 (Act 265) funds UH Cancer Center research on the high incidence of liver and bile duct cancer in Hawai‘i. SB1418 (Act ...
Read More Support for UH programs, new stadium development

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