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Honolulu, Hawaii – House and Senate conferees met today to begin negotiations on a final version of HB500, the state budget bill. Earlier, the House Finance Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee crafted their respective versions of the budget. They will continue meeting to iron out the differences between the two versions through ...
Read More HOUSE NEWS RELEASE: House and Senate Conference Committee Begin Negotiations on State Budget

HONOLULU – The state Department of Transportation (HDOT), Harbors Division, launched the Piers 12 and 15 Improvements Project at Honolulu Harbor with a groundbreaking ceremony earlier today.  This project involves the relocation of the Clean Islands Council (CIC) and Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) vessels from Pier 35 to Piers 12 and 15 which will ...
Read More HDOT NEWS RELEASE: Piers 12 & 15 Improvements Project Begins with Groundbreaking Ceremony

Honolulu, Hawaii — The state House of Representatives today passed on final reading HB1272, HD2, SD2, which requires anyone that operates a motion picture theater in more than two locations in the state to provide open captioning during at least two showings per week of each motion picture that is produced with open movie captioning. ...
Read More HOUSE NEWS RELEASE: House Passes Measure to Accommodate the Deaf and Blind in Movie Theater

HONOLULU April 21, 2015 – Governor David Ige will hold a news conference in the Executive Office Chambers on Tuesday, April 21 to announce that he has requested, and the Senate and House have agreed to take HB 1075 to conference.   The bill addresses Maui healthcare reform, including a public/private partnership. What: News conference When: ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor David Ige, House, Senate come to an understanding on Maui healthcare reform

HONOLULU –  A team from Iolani School came in third place today at the 21st National LifeSmarts Championship in Seattle, WA, April 17-20.  A total of 34 teams from across the nation competed in the competition. LifeSmarts is a national program run locally by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Office of the ...
Read More DCCA NEWS RELEASE: DCCA Congratulates Iolani School Students for a Strong Finish at the National LifeSmarts Competition

HONOLULU — A venomous spider was captured by agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Honolulu on Mon., April 13th.  The spider was found in a container of granite and flagstone from Brazil that was being off-loaded in Honolulu. The CBP agents sealed the container and immediately turned the spider over to ...
Read More DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NEWS RELEASE: Venomous Spider Found in Foreign Container

Today, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) leadership informed me that construction will continue to be postponed. Any further announcements about the construction schedule will come from TMT. My understanding is that TMT followed an almost 7 year planning and permitting process, which included public hearings and community input. Following this process, project permits were issued. ...
Read More Statement by Governor David Ige regarding Thirty Meter Telescope Construction

HONOLULU – The Department of Public Safety (PSD) today welcomed a new class of adult correctional officers at a graduation ceremony and luncheon held at the Pagoda Restaurant in Honolulu. 23 recruits graduated from Basic Corrections Training (BCT). BCT is an 8 week training that includes 440 hours of classroom time and physical training.  Recruits ...
Read More PSD Release: 2015 Graduation Ceremony Held for New Class of Adult Correctional Officers

Kailua-Kona – Heavy usage of Hawaii Island’s Kahaluu Bay is prompting the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) to propose rule changes for specific ocean recreation activities in the bay. Proposed amendments to HAR § 13-256-152 include regulation of certification requirements for commercial surf instructors and to limit commercial surf instruction to four ...
Read More DLNR News Release: Public Hearing Scheduled on Proposed Kahalu’u Bay Rules Amendments

HONOLULU- 23 Adult Corrections Officer Recruits will be graduating after an extensive 8 weeks of training.  These new ACOs will be added to the Corrections Division to work in facilities across the state. What: Basic Corrections Training (BCT) Graduation When: Friday, April 17 11 a.m. Where: Pagoda Restaurant, 1525 Rycroft Street, Honolulu Who: Public Safety ...
Read More Media Advisory: Adult Correction Officer 2015 Recruit Class Graduation