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HONOLULU — The State of Hawai‘i announced today it is taking steps to ensure a smooth transition for individuals seeking health care insurance in the November 2015 Open Enrollment. The Hawai‘i Health Connector, a private non-profit entity, has been unable to generate sufficient revenues to sustain operations. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) informed the Connector last ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: State to assist with transition of private non-profit Hawai‘i Health Connector operations

Climate change has been declared by the Hawaii State Legislature as one of the most critical challenges of this century. It poses both urgent and long-term threats to the State’s economy, sustainability, security, and way of life. In 2014 the legislature passed Act 83 which directs the adoption of a statewide climate adaptation report by ...
Read More DLNR MEDIA ADVISORY: Hawai’i Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee Begins Work

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Legislature identified climate change as one of the most urgent and long-term threats to the State’s economy, sustainability, security and way of life over the next century.  In 2014 it passed Act 83 in order to address the effects of climate change.  Act 83 also established the Interagency Climate Adaptation ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Hawai’i climate change adaptation committee begins work

HONOLULU – The American Lung Association today presented the 2015 Breathe Easy Champion Mauli Ola Award to Dr. Virginia Pressler, director of the Hawai‘i Department of Health. Dr. Pressler was honored for her significant efforts to improve the health and lives of people in Hawai‘i, strong commitment to community, innovative thinking, compassion for those in ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor congratulates Dr. Virginia Pressler, recipient of the 2015 Breathe Easy Champion Mauli Ola Award

HONOLULU – State Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito today issued the following statement regarding HMSA’s request filed with the Insurance Division to raise premiums for individual Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans for 2016: “This is the highest premium increase ever requested by HMSA. The requested increase for an average of 49.1 percent for the ACA ...
Read More DCCA NEWS RELEASE: State Insurance Commissioner’s Statement on HMSA’s Request to Raise Premiums for Individual ACA Health Plans almost 50 percent

HONOLULU –  I thank the University of Hawai’i for taking this initial step to improve the stewardship of Mauna Kea.  I look forward to working together to make this plan a reality.  Now comes the hard work as we move forward toward a new future for Mauna Kea. – Governor David Ige —— Media Contacts: ...
Read More MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor’s statement on UH implementation plan for Mauna Kea

Honolulu, Hawaii– The Hawaii National Guard is hosting exercise Vigilant Guard/Makani Pahili 2015 (VG/MP15), beginning today. VG/MP15 will be held over the next eight days, at multiple locations, on four Hawaiian Islands and will have over 2,200 participants.  More than 700 of those participants are coming from at least four other states and Guam. Observers ...
Read More DOD News Release: Hawaii National Guard Hosts Its Largest Ever Disaster-Preparedness Exercise

HONOLULU – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced its intent to enter into negotiations with nine countries for U.S. preclearance at 10 airports, including Japan’s Narita International Airport. Through the preclearance program immigration, customs and agriculture inspections can be completed before departure from the originating country, allowing passengers to avoid further processing ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige applauds progress in making international travel easier

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Supreme Court today dismissed a legal challenge raised by four individual plaintiffs to the Hawaiʻi Marriage Equality Act of 2013.  The 2013 law changed Hawaii’s statutes regarding marriage so that same-sex couples could marry.  The Supreme Court held that the plaintiffs were not harmed or injured by the Marriage Equality Act ...
Read More AG NEWS RELEASE: Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Marriage Equality Act

Remarks of Governor David Ige as prepared THE MAUNA KEA STORY, MAY 26, 2015 My role as Governor is to represent all the people of Hawai‘i our people, especially on critical and controversial matters. The issues surrounding Mauna Kea are contentious and on all sides very strongly felt. And because of that, the search for ...
Read More Governor Ige’s transcribed Mauna Kea story