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MARINE BIOLOGISTS ON HAWAI‘I ISLAND EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT RECENT SHARK FINNING INCIDENTS Wide-Ranging Ecosystem Impacts Regardless of Legality  (Kailua-Kona) – Dramatic photographs of two oceanic whitetip sharks, lacking fins, along with photographs of a dead, three-and-a-half-foot long whitetip reef shark is raising concern among marine biologists on Hawai‘i Island. The two oceanic whitetip sharks, a ...
Read More DLNR News Release-Shark Finning Raises Concerns on Hawai’i Island, July 31, 2019

RAPID ʻŌHIʻA DEATH NOW DETECTED ON FOUR ISLANDS Less Aggressive Strain Discovered on O‘ahu (Honolulu) – One of the species of fungus causing Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) was recently detected for the first time on O`ahu. A team of natural resource managers from the O`ahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) and the Ko’olau Mountain Watershed Partnership ...
Read More DLNR News Release-First Detection of Rapid Ohia Death on O’ahu, July 31, 2019

State extends Thirty Meter Telescope permit Governor Ige rescinds emergency proclamation Link to photos here Documents: CDUP Deadline DLNR Withdrawal HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced that the state has granted an extension of a key permit to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The governor has rescinded the emergency proclamation that was issued on ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – State extends Thirty Meter Telescope permit

Link to photos here HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today signed new rules for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The new rules will take effect on Aug. 9, 2019. The Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) and State Environmental Council (Council) submitted its final rules to the governor at the beginning of April 2019, ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige signs new EIS rules to modernize environmental review process

WHAT:          News Conference – Mauna Kea and TMT                        WHEN:          Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. WHO:            Governor David Ige Select cabinet members WHERE:        Hawai‘i State Capitol, Office of the Governor, 5th floor, Governor’s Ceremonial Room Livestreaming from the Office of the Governor is ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – Media Advisory – News Conference – Mauna Kea and TMT

Link to photos and bios here HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced the appointment of three new members of the Hawai‘i Paroling Authority board. Clayton Hee, Cheryl Inouye and Max Otani have been appointed to the Hawai‘i  Paroling Authority, effective immediately. The interim appointments are subject to state Senate confirmation. Their terms will expire June 30, ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige appoints three to Hawaii Paroling Authority

HONOLULU – The State of Hawai‘i Judicial Selection Commission has submitted six lists of judicial nominees to Gov. David Ige. The lists include nominees for five vacancies on the First Circuit Court and one vacancy on the Intermediate Court of Appeals. Gov. Ige has 30 days to make his selections. The nominees are as follows: ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige to consider six lists of judicial nominees for First Circuit, Intermediate Court of Appeals

Current director Linda Chu Takayama to take chief of staff position in Ige Administration August 1 HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed Rona Suzuki as interim director of the state Department of Taxation (DOTAX). Suzuki has served as a senior executive assistant at DOTAX, managing the $60 million Tax System Modernization (TSM) program which ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release — Governor Ige appoints interim director of Tax Department

STATEMENT by GOVERNOR DAVID Y. IGE: Today, I am asking Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim to coordinate both county and state efforts to peacefully attempt to reach common ground with the protectors of Maunakea and the broader community. Mayor Kim is closest to the situation and the impacts are greatest on the island he leads.   We ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – Statement by Governor David Ige

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 OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — Flag Notice – in memory of retired Associate Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens