Press Releases

(HILO) – 19 officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), with support from four Hawaii Police Department officers and a ranger with the Office of Mauna Kea Management, conducted a third law enforcement operation in the restricted area covered by the 120 day emergency rule, passed in June by the state ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: DOCARE officers dismantle and confiscate Mauna Kea protest tent

HONOLULU — As a mark of respect for the late former State Senator Duke Takeshi Kawasaki, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawai‘i shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard, from sunrise to sunset on ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of former State Senator Duke Takeshi Kawasaki

HILO – Hawaii extended furlough inmate Race Bolner was arrested by Hawaii Police yesterday afternoon in Kona.  He will be returned to the Hawaii Community Correctional Center. Bolner failed to report for his scheduled check-in in Kona on August 6.  Inmates in the extended furlough program live and work outside of the facility but must ...
Read More PSD NEWS RELEASE: Missing Hawaii Island extended furlough inmate captured

HONOLULU — Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), formerly known as State Civil Defense, together with Kauai County Civil Defense Agency will conduct siren testing from Tuesday, Sept. 22 through Thursday, Sept. 24 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at: ·         Wailua Houselots ·         Wailua Golf Course ·         Hanamaulu Beach Park ·         Puhi ...
Read More HI-EMA NEWS RELEASE: Siren testing on Kauai September 22-24

The Dept. of Land and Natural Resources reached an understanding with protesters on Mauna Kea to remove a large tent across from the Mauna Kea Visitors Center.  Yesterday officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) posted the tent as an illegal structure.  Today in discussions with DLNR leadership, a protest leader ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Statement from DLNR regarding understanding with Mauna Kea protestors

HONOLULU – The U.S. Small Business Administration has recognized three Hawai‘i  start-up accelerators from three islands as among the nation’s most innovative. Each receives a $50,000 cash prize as winners of the second annual growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The local winners include Hawai‘i Island’s GVS Transmedia Accelerator, the University of Hawaii’s Honolulu-based XLR8UH and the ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii start up accelerators receive national recognition

(LEHUA ISLAND) – “100% success,” is how a researcher with Island Conservation describes this week’s non-lethal bait experiment on this small island, 17 miles west of Kauai, just off the northern tip of Niihau.  State, federal, and non-profit partners conducted helicopter application of bait that is non-toxic, which they hope will ultimately lead to the ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Non-toxic predator bait experiment considered a success

HONOLULU – Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Director Catherine Awakuni Colόn was recently selected as an Omidyar Fellow. The Omidyar Fellows program is an intensive, 15-month program originated by Pierre Omidyar and based on global best practices in leadership development. “I am excited that Cat has been selected for this experience,” said Gov. David ...
Read More DCCA NEWS RELEASE: Commerce, Consumer Affairs Director Catherine Awakuni Colόn selected as Omidyar Fellow

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 3.5 percent, down from 3.7 percent in July. The last time the seasonally adjust unemployment rate was at or below 3.5 percent was in March 2008 when it was 3.4 percent. Statewide, ...
Read More DLIR NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii’s unemployment rate drops to 3.5 percent in August

HONOLULU – Committed to keeping Hawaii’s keiki safe when on our roadways, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), four county police departments, and child passenger safety advocates will participate in National Child Passenger Safety Week. During Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 13-19) and throughout the year, Hawaii’s child passenger safety technicians are dedicated to helping ...
Read More DOT NEWS RELEASE: National child passenger safety week begins free statewide child safety seat checks