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(Hilo) – Administrative fines totaling $48,500 have been affirmed by Circuit Judge Greg K. Nakamura in a Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) decision against illegal commercial lava boat tours on Hawai‘i Island; in a ruling issued on September 27, 2019. Those fined are Henry K. Pomroy, Bill A. Fujimoto, and Ho‘okupu Fish Company, ...
Read More DLNR News Release-Third Circuit Court Upholds Land Board’s Decision On Illegal Lava Boat Tours, October 18, 2019

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed Judge Kelsey Kawano to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit (Maui). The judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of Circuit Judge Joseph E. Cardoza in June 2019. Kawano currently serves as deputy chief judge and district judge at the District Court of ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige appoints Kelsey Kawano to Maui’s Circuit Court

Jobs Increase by 4,500 Over-the-Month HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 2.7 percent, the same rate as in August. Statewide, 642,650 were employed and 17,750 unemployed in September for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 660,400. Nationally, ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 2.7% in September

HONOLULU – The State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection today announced a multistate settlement along with 40 states and the District of Columbia requiring Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. to pay nearly $116.9 million for their deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices. A multistate investigation found the companies violated state ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Office of Consumer Protection Announces 6.9 Million Multistate Settlement with Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, Inc.

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 Governor’s Office – Flag Directive – Flags to fly at half-staff in memory of U. S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings

HONOLULU – Attorney General Clare E. Connors joined a group of 18 state Attorneys General to defend Vermont’s right to ban large-capacity magazines and protect public safety. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the Vermont Supreme Court, AG Connors and her counterparts argue that states have the right to enact reasonable firearm restrictions that reduce ...
Read More Attorney General News Release: Attorney General Joins Coalition Defending Large-Capacity Magazine Ban

Gov. David Ige has appointed Kymberly M. Sparlin as his new policy director. Sparlin most recently served as the Energy Program specialist, military and federal partner coordinator and legislative coordinator with the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) Energy Office. Previously, Sparlin worked in various capacities at DBEDT as executive assistant to the ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – Gov. David Ige has appointed Kymberly M. Sparlin as his new policy director.

HONOLULU – Attorney General Clare E. Connors joined a multistate coalition, led by California and Massachusetts, in opposition to the Trump Administration’s rule illegally limiting access to the asylum process. Under the rule, individuals entering the United States at the southern border, except in limited circumstances, are no longer able to seek asylum unless they ...
Read More Attorney General 2019-72 Attorney General Continues Opposition to Rule Restricting Asylum Access

View this news release online here. HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is launching a campaign to boost the number of Hawai‘i students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a critical component needed for students to receive financial aid and scholarships for college. Last year, Hawaii left $10 million in unclaimed federal Pell ...
Read More HIDOE News Release: HIDOE Launches Campaign to Increase FAFSA Completion

HILO – The site of the old Hilo Memorial Hospital will serve people once again, thanks to $2.5 million in ʻOhana Zone funds from the state. The Keolahou shelter and assessment center had a “soft” opening on Monday, Oct. 14, and a formal opening and blessing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8. When the facility ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR’S COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS — News Release — Keolahou shelter offers another resource to address homelessness on Hawaiʻi Island