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HONOLULU – The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released its fourth quarter 2017 Statistical and Economic Report, which shows that the overall economic condition of Hawaii remains stable into the next few years and economic growth will be steady, around 1.5 percent. During the first 10 months of 2017, the tourism industry ...
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More Preschool Open Doors

Posted on Sep 26, 2017 in Main

The Department of Human Services has opened an additional application period for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program and encourages families to apply by Oct. 31, 2017. Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during Jan. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. The program, which currently serves more than 1,400 children statewide, ...
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Remarks of Governor David Ige June 30, 2017 at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Ballroom It’s terrific to be back on Hawai‘i Island, I look forward to this event every year because it gives me a chance to meet and speak with so many of you.  We have been working very hard in our community ...
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Remarks of Governor David Ige  May 8, 2017 – Signing and Reception of the Hawaii-Hokkaido Sister-State Relationship at the Hawaii State Art Museum   Governor Takahashi, Assembly Chair Endo, Consul General Misawa and Mrs. Misawa, Governor Ariyoshi and Mrs. Ariyoshi, honored guests from Hokkaido and Hawaii, I extend a warm ALOHA! It is with great ...
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VERGE 2017

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 in Main

Remarks of Governor David Ige  June 20, 2017 – VERGE at the Hilton Hawaiian Village I’m really thrilled to be back this year for VERGE. It was exciting to see the microgrid. When I graduated from electrical engineering years ago, back in the 70’s, I started doing renewable energy.  One of the analysis that I ...
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Hawai`i STEM Conference

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 in Main

Remarks of Governor David Ige May 1, 2017 at the Hawai`i Convention Center   Aloha! Thank you, Leslie and Jamie, for inviting me to be a part of this evening’s activities. Thank you, Lynn, for such a fascinating presentation. I should know better.  Last time I was here, I followed the drone guy and the guy ...
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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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