Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed into law HB 321 Relating to Medical Marijuana, which establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana dispensaries. “I support the establishment of dispensaries to ensure that qualified patients can legally and safely access medical marijuana,” said Gov. Ige. “We know that our challenge going forward will be to adopt ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige signs medical marijuana bill into law

Statement by Governor David Ige: “Today I signed the Land Board’s emergency rule limiting usage of the road between the hours of 10 pm and 4 am. The rule is in effect for 120 days only and gives the state an additional tool to keep the road safe for all. My administration believes firmly in the right of free expression. At ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige signs emergency rule for Mauna Kea

HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and County of Maui are inviting home and business owners to attend important upcoming public information meetings on changes in the new FEMA Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) for Maui County. These map changes, primarily for Kaunakakai and south ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: NEW FEMA FLOOD MAPS FOR MAUI COUNTY TO TAKE EFFECT NOV. 4, 2015 WITH MANDATORY FLOOD INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today vetoed eight bills and sent his statements of objections to the house and senate leadership. The governor’s veto messages may be found here. HB540 Relating to the UH Accounting and Financial Management System: Extends authority of UH to maintain separate accounting and financial management system HB553 Relating to Collective ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor vetoes eight bills

HONOLULU  — The Hawaii Insurance Division’s Fraud Branch announces the successful prosecution of Albert Banach for insurance fraud and attempted theft. The Fifth Circuit Court found Banach guilty after he pleaded no contest to insurance fraud and attempted theft, after submitting false claims to Progressive Insurance Company.  Each count carries up to five years imprisonment ...
Read More DCCA NEWS RELEASE: Kauai Man Sentenced to Jail for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft

KAHULUI, MAUI – Skippy Hau, an aquatics biologist with the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) has dedicated much of his career to studying the life cycles and movements of fresh water fishes, shrimp, and snails. Carefully navigating the slippery stream beds and rocks of east and central Maui, Hau has collected reams of data ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: AMAZING CREATURES MOVE FROM OCEAN TO STREAM ONE TINY STEP AT A TIME

Honolulu – Governor David Ige released the following statement after the University of Hawaii announced that it would reopen the access road to Mauna Kea summit on July 13, 2015: “The State seeks to provide safe access to Mauna Kea summit by all lawful users. Unfortunately, the destructive actions of several individuals temporarily rendered the mountain road unsafe since ...
Read More Statement from Governor David Ige on access to Mauna Kea

MA‘ALAEA, MAUI —  The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation begins a $2.8 million project this week to remove and replace a badly deteriorated pier adjacent to the Ma‘alaea Small Boat Harbor new ferry terminal building. When completed it will provide a new pier for the Lana‘i ferry and ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: WORK BEGINS THIS WEEK ON MA‘ALAEA SMALL BOAT HARBOR FERRY PIER

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced the appointment of Lance A. Mizumoto to the position of Chair of the Board of Education effective immediately. “Lance is committed to creating a better future for Hawai‘i’s students. He believes that focusing on students and empowering principals, teachers and staff is the best path to success in ...
Read More PRESS RELEASE: Governor David Ige announces appointment of Lance A. Mizumoto to Board of Education Chairmanship

HONOLULU – Attorney General Doug Chin will hold a news conference tomorrow, Friday, July 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Department of the Attorney General, 425 Queen Street, Honolulu. The subject of the news conference will be the proposed emergency rule being considered by the Board of Land and Natural Resources at its July ...
Read More MEDIA ADVISORY: ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG CHIN TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE REGARDING PROPOSED EMERGENCY RULE FOR MAUNA KEA