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HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed Judge Kelsey Kawano to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit (Maui). The judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of Circuit Judge Joseph E. Cardoza in June 2019. Kawano currently serves as deputy chief judge and district judge at the District Court of ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige appoints Kelsey Kawano to Maui’s Circuit Court

Jobs Increase by 4,500 Over-the-Month HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 2.7 percent, the same rate as in August. Statewide, 642,650 were employed and 17,750 unemployed in September for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 660,400. Nationally, ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 2.7% in September

HONOLULU – The State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection today announced a multistate settlement along with 40 states and the District of Columbia requiring Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. to pay nearly $116.9 million for their deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices. A multistate investigation found the companies violated state ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Office of Consumer Protection Announces 6.9 Million Multistate Settlement with Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, Inc.

HONOLULU – At the direction of the President of the United States, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag will be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i, ...
Read More Governor’s Office – Flag Directive – Flags to fly at half-staff in memory of U. S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings

Gov. David Ige has appointed Kymberly M. Sparlin as his new policy director. Sparlin most recently served as the Energy Program specialist, military and federal partner coordinator and legislative coordinator with the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) Energy Office. Previously, Sparlin worked in various capacities at DBEDT as executive assistant to the ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – Gov. David Ige has appointed Kymberly M. Sparlin as his new policy director.

HILO – The site of the old Hilo Memorial Hospital will serve people once again, thanks to $2.5 million in ʻOhana Zone funds from the state. The Keolahou shelter and assessment center had a “soft” opening on Monday, Oct. 14, and a formal opening and blessing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8. When the facility ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR’S COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS — News Release — Keolahou shelter offers another resource to address homelessness on Hawaiʻi Island

Link to photos here. HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced three nominations for the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). All three nominations are subject to confirmation by the Senate. “These nominees represent a balanced and broad spectrum of experience and bring diverse points of view to the Land Board. All share a ...
Read More Governor’s Office – News Release – Gov. Ige Announces Three Nominations for Board of Land and Natural Resources

HONOLULU – At the request of Mayor Michael Victorino, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag will be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Sunday, Oct. ...
Read More Governor’s Office – Flag Order – Flags to fly at half-staff in memory of former Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo

HONOLULU –  Gov. David Ige has appointed Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara to be the Adjutant General for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Defense effective Dec. 6, 2019. He replaces Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan who will be retiring from this position at the end of the year. Brig. Gen. Hara has served as ...
Read More Governor’s Office – News Release – Gov. appoints Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara to be the Adjutant General for the State of Hawaiʻi

Link to photos here courtesy of Hawaiʻi National Guard Link to bio here HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige administered the oath of office to Colonel Roy J. Macaraeg, who was promoted to brigadier general, today in a ceremony held at Washington Place. Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan provided remarks. Macaraeg’s family and friends and current ...
Read More Governor’s Office – News Release – Brig. Gen. Roy J. Macaraeg first known Filipino Soldier to attain rank of General Officer in Hawaiʻi Army National Guard history

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