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HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration to address the impacts of Hurricane Lane has been granted. The disaster declaration covers floods, wildfires and other disasters that occurred because of the hurricane between Aug. 22-29, 2018. The Declaration means the state will receive support from the Public Assistance Grant Program for ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Gov. Ige secures Presidential Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Lane

HONOLULU – George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following comments on Hawaii’s visitor statistics results for the month of August and year-to-date. “Although both visitor spending and arrivals increased in August compared to a year ago, we expected better results for this peak travel month. Hurricane Lane ...
Read More HTA NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii Visitor Spending Increased 1.4 Percent to .41 Billion in August 2018

NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS TOP 20 JOBS IN HAWAII HONOLULU – The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released a report on Top 20 Occupations in Hawaii. Retail Sales Workers topped the list at 42,445 workers in 2016, which accounted for 5.9 percent of Hawaii’s civilian workforce; followed by Food and Beverage Serving Workers ...
Read More DBEDT: NEWS RELEASE: NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS TOP 20 JOBS IN HAWAII

17 States Join to Stop Trump Administration’s Effort to Roll Back Contraceptive Coverage HAWAII — Attorney General Russell Suzuki joined a coalition of 17 Attorneys General led by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro in filing an amicus brief to support a lawsuit by Massachusetts challenging the Trump administration’s decision to roll back a requirement under ...
Read More Attorney General News Release 2018-48 HAWAII ATTORNEY GENERAL JOINS COALITION SUPPORTING AMICUS BRIEF TO MAINTAIN WOMEN’S HEALTH COVERAGE

GLOBAL TOURISM SUMMIT: DAY ONE Charting the Course is the Summit Theme as Tourism Stakeholders, Industry Professionals and Community Members Gather to Address Tourism’s Future WHAT: Highlights of Opening Day include Keynote Presentation by New Zealand’s Tourism Chief, Talk Story with Sophia the Robot, Hawaii’s Global Marketing Programs for 2019, and a Session Addressing Legal ...
Read More Highlights for Opening Day of the Global Tourism Summit, October 1

Coalition Letter  Honolulu, HI – State of Hawaii Commissioner of Financial Institutions Iris Ikeda joined a coalition of thirteen state banking regulators—lead by Pennsylvania’s Robin L. Wiessmann—asking Congressional leaders to consider legislation that creates a safe harbor for financial institutions to serve businesses operating legally under state law or to entrust states with the full ...
Read More RELEASE: Hawaii Banking Commissioner Requests Congress Address Regulatory Conflict for Medical Cannabis Banking

HONOLULU – Stephen Levins, Executive Director of the Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection, announced that he, along with the other 49 states and the District of Columbia, has reached an agreement with California-based ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) to address the company’s one-year delay in reporting a data breach to its affected drivers. Uber ...
Read More RELEASE: STATES REACH 8 MILLION MULTI-STATE SETTLEMENT WITH UBER OVER DATA BREACH

HONOLULU – Under an agreement facilitated by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), Gov. David Y. Ige, will sign an historic agreement with delegates from Goa, a state in India, to establish a sister-state relationship. This will be Hawaii’s first sister-state relationship with a jurisdiction in India. WHEN: Sept. 28, 2018 ...
Read More MEDIA ADVISORY: SIGNING CEREMONY FOR HISTORIC AGREEMENT BETWEEN HAWAII AND GOA, INDIA

HONOLULU – The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) congratulates Creative Lab Hawaii Music Immersive (CLHMI) Fellows, Faith Rivera and Olivia (LIIV) Cargile, on the placement of songs in two of the biggest online television promos of the upcoming television season. Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox) recently released the online promo videos of two ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: CREATIVE LAB HAWAII MUSIC IMMERSIVE ARTISTS FEATURED ON FOX TRAILERS FOR TV SERIES “EMPIRE” AND “STAR”

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has received an $8 million federal grant over a two-year period to continue to combat opioid misuse in the state. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week announced it awarded more than $1 billion in opioid-specific grants to help states combat the crisis ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: DOH receives million federal grant to continue fight against opioid misuse