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DLIR’s Three Amigos: Streamlined workers’ comp They’ve been dubbed “The Three Amigos” by their co-workers at the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations — three millennials hired as office assistants to help digitize the mountains of paperwork from some 20,000 claims a year in the disability compensation division. Jodie Nakamura, Ryan Mercado and Liam Tobin ...
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It’s not often a state agency completely changes the way it does things. Yet that’s what has happened, thanks to manager Peter Oshiro and his team of inspectors in the Department of Health’s (DOH) sanitation branch. Now customers can check for color-coded placards at Hawai‘i’s 10,500 restaurants, food trucks, grocery stores, schools and other facilities. ...
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Local girl Leah Laramee said her career goal used to be to work in global conservation for the United Nations. But when she came home from college, she recalls, “I saw there was valuable work to be done right here in Hawai‘i.” She was a key member of the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ ...
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It’s rare that a whole community has the chance to weigh in at the start of a complex planning process. But that was the governor’s goal for the Kalihi 21st Century Vision Team. The result? A report filled with their hopes for Kalihi, combining its proud working-class heritage and values with economic growth for jobs ...
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I’m elated that legislators have come to an agreement that will move the rail project forward. I’m particularly pleased that the state will have increased oversight for this project, and I’ve discussed the importance of accountability with the new HART Executive Director Andy Robbins. I look forward to hearing the public’s input during next week’s ...
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It’s a new era in many ways for Hawai‘i’s public schools: a new superintendent, a new four-year teachers’ contract and a new school year with cooler classrooms on several islands. This issue focuses on how the governor, the Board of Education (BOE) and our new schools superintendent are working together to improve achievement for all ...
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The Department of Education (DOE) is making good on the governor’s promise of cooler schools for this new school year. “We expect to have the 1,000 classrooms cooled by the end of August,” Governor Ige said. The $100 million appropriated by the 2016 state Legislature has funded equipment and installation costs for air conditioning and ...
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A new four-year contract overwhelmingly ratified by Hawai‘i’s 13,500 public school teachers was signed last month by the governor, the teachers’ union, and Board of Education members in ceremonies at the state Capitol. “I’m excited that this contract positions us to focus on the most important things over the next four years,” said the governor. ...
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If being a new schools superintendent is a tough job, then the next toughest may be serving as chair of the board that hired her. That was First Hawaiian Bank executive vice president Lance Mizumoto’s task less than two years into his term at the Board of Education (BOE). Now, as the new school year ...
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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 ...
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