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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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With the stroke of a pen, Governor Ige signed SB 559 into law (Act 032) — making Hawai‘i the first state to enact legislation that implements portions of the Paris climate agreement. The ceremony in the Capitol rotunda included legislators, county mayors and their representatives, famed Hōkūleʻa navigator Nainoa Thompson, department heads and environmentalists. “Hawai‘i ...
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Jobs, climate change and standing firm on island values — now and for the future. This issue of Capitol Connection discusses the governor’s vision for Hawai‘i’s 21st century job growth, the state’s leadership in support of the Paris climate accord, Hōkūleʻa’s historic homecoming, and the issues he considers in signing bills into law. Q. Why ...
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The good news is Hawai‘i’s job market has never been better for someone looking for work. That’s according to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. “We’re projecting growth in nearly all major industries, including construction, hospitality, education and health services, trade, transportation and utilities,” said DLIR director Linda Chu Takayama. So what are ...
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The picture you see on High Technology Development Corporation’s (HTDC) home page reads, “Welcome home, Brian Dote.” The site tells the story of how local folks found jobs that brought them home to Hawai‘i. That’s what Gov. David Ige envisions for kama‘aina: a way to reverse the “brain drain” and develop an innovation economy that ...
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Hurricane season has arrived, and the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) recommends residents prepare an “emergency kit” of a minimum of 14 days of food, water and other supplies. The season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. HI-EMA increased its recommendation from seven to 14 days, based on the experience of other states. “Depending ...
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Governor Ige, Japan Airlines and the state Department of Transportation have announced JAL’s return to Kona International Airport on Hawai‘i Island. The new service is in addition to JAL’s current flights between Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Honolulu. The new daily flights are set to begin on Sept. 15, 2017. “Japan Airlines has offered continuous service ...
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Controlling rose-ringed parakeets On a recent trip to Kaua‘i, Governor Ige signed House Bill 655 aimed at reducing the rose-ringed parakeet population. “They’re one of the most widespread invasive species on the planet,” he said. “They’ve had a tremendous impact on the island.” The bill appropriates $75,000 to the Department of Land and Natural Resources ...
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