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HONOLULU – The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Office of the Securities Commissioner announces the competitors in the LifeSmarts Hawaii State Championship. The lineup for the state competition is made up of the four top scoring high school teams in the local online competition, which ran from October 26 to December 4, 2015. ...
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HONOLULU – The majority of people in Hawaii erroneously believe their health insurance plan and government programs will cover the costs for long term services and supports, according to a recent statewide survey commissioned by of the State of Hawaii Executive Office on Aging. The survey, conducted by Market Trends Pacific as part of a ...
Read More DOH NEWS RELEASE: Executive office on aging survey shows many young adults erroneously believe government and health insurance cover long term services and supports

HONOLULU — Gov. David Y. Ige today announced that the State of Hawai‘i has negotiated an agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer a special enrollment period for eligible Hawaii residents from the Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations who are seeking health care coverage through healthcare.gov. The enrollment will ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Enrollment in Healthcare.gov extended for eligible Hawaii residents

HONOLULU — Gov. David Y. Ige today signed a second supplemental proclamation that allows the state to continue its coordinated efforts with the counties to provide emergency shelter, long-term housing and services to those without homes. “We are continuing to work closely with the counties to focus on specific services that we know will move ...
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(HONOLULU) – Thomas “Tommy” Friel, a conservation law enforcement officer for nearly three decades, has been named the new Chief of the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), effective Monday, December 28, 2015. In making the announcement, DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “We have the great privilege of hiring Tommy, who has deep personal ...
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(HONOLULU) – Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death, is a mysterious disease that has already killed hundreds of thousands of Hawaii’s iconic and native ‘Ōhi‘a, the backbone of Hawaii’s native forests and watersheds. Dr. J.B. Friday of the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service explains, “ROD is caused by a fungus called Ceratocystis fimbriata.  This disease is new ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Hundreds of thousands of ‘Ōhi‘a trees killed by mysterious disease

HONOLULU – Attorney General Doug Chin announced today that Claus Z. Hansen, owner of Affordable Casket and Moanalua Mortuary, began serving his prison sentence this morning immediately following his sentencing hearing. Hansen earlier pleaded guilty to 7 counts of felony theft in State Circuit Court. Circuit Court Judge Dean Ochiai sentenced Hansen to 30 days ...
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Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death has already killed hundreds of thousands of this native tree in Hawaii Island forests.  This disease is new to science and to Hawaii and thus has prompted state and federal agencies to combine efforts to try and find answers and potential treatments, as well as to inform and educate people about Rapid ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a death prompts interagency attention and battle

  Link to Executive Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Biennium 2015-2017: http://budget.hawaii.gov/budget/  HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige submitted his supplemental budget to the legislature today. The proposal covers the Supplemental Fiscal Year. “When I ran for Governor, I made a promise to the people of Hawaii. I said that we would get our government house in ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige’s supplemental budget honors obligations and improves the lives of Hawaii’s people

MEDIA ADVISORY What:            News conference – Governor Ige to discuss the Executive Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Biennium 2015-2017  Who:              Gov. David Ige            When:           Monday, December 21 at 2 p.m.  Where:          State Capitol, 5th floor, Ceremonial Room We plan to live stream the event through the governor’s website. ### Media Contact: Cindy McMillan Communications Director Office ...
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