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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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Hōkūle`a Homecoming

Posted on Jun 21, 2017 in Featured, Main

Remarks of Governor David Ige June 17, 2017 at Magic Island Aloha.  It is such an honor and privilege for me to be here today. On behalf of the state of Hawai‘i, I would like to welcome and congratulate the beautiful voyaging canoes, Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia back to our island shores.  Congratulations! Congratulations to all those ...
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Hawaiʻi and other Pacific Islands are already experiencing the impact of rising sea levels and natural disasters. That’s why my administration and the Legislature are already taking concrete steps to implement the Paris Accord. Hawaiʻi will continue to fulfill its kuleana on reaching our energy, water, land and other sustainability goals to make island Earth ...
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Maui Brewing owners tops in U.S. Maui Brewing owners Garrett Marrero and Melanie Oxley took top honors recently as the 2017 National Small Business Person(s) of the Year. The award from the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized the husband-and-wife team for transforming their business, started in 2005, into the largest craft beer company in Hawai‘i. ...
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Despite the controversy over O‘ahu’s rail project, the Legislature did approve a budget to keep the state moving forward — including funding for many top priorities identified by the governor and state agencies. This issue of Capitol Connection recaps some of those actions and the governor’s comments in a May 3 news conference. Q. What ...
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For thousands of working families in public employee unions, managing the state’s high cost of living just got a little easier, thanks to recent contract settlements and arbitration awards. The contracts, described by union leaders as “fair” given the state’s fiscal outlook, cover teachers, principals and other public school staff, fire fighters, registered nurses, and ...
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Hawai‘i’s homeless population has decreased for the first time in eight years, according to the latest statewide survey. The annual Point in Time count – a census of people experiencing homelessness – showed a nine percent overall decrease in the number of homeless individuals across the state compared to the same period last year. The ...
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If you’re a Hawai‘i small business owner like Isabella Hughes and Harrison Rice, you know you need all the friends you can get. But what if that friend was the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT)? And what if they told you they could help you leverage your business globally — in ...
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Education. Affordable housing and homelessness services. Sustainability. The 2017 state Legislature appropriated funds for the governor’s priorities as well as for schools, highways, airports and harbors, and protection against invasive species. Among the items funded: • Early College High School program -$1M in each fiscal year to expand the program in high schools. • Hawai‘i ...
Read More 2017 legislative funding advances key state initiatives

One winner is helping young people overcome a troubled past. Another believes that school children need an inspiring place to learn. And one dedicated 15-member team protected Hawai‘i’s consumer interests in the proposed NextEra-Hawaiian Electric merger. They were among the top winners at the Governor’s Award Ceremony May 18, recognizing 19 teams, 18 managers and ...
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