Press Releases

The State of Hawaii has recovered $53.1 million in general excise taxes, penalties and interest from online travel companies (the “companies”) including Travelocity.Com, LLP, Expedia, Inc., Orbitz, LLC, and Priceline.Com, LLP from tax litigation that began in 2011. Attorney General Doug Chin said “Online travel companies derive substantial profits from the sale of hotel rooms, ...
Read More AG NEWS RELEASE: Final judgments entered against online travel companies for .1 million in general excise tax

HONOLULU —   A rock fall today has resulted in closure of the ‘Aiea Loop Trail in Keaiwa Heiau State Recreational Area.  No one was hurt.   DLNR’s Division of State Parks has posted trail closed signs at both ends of the popular loop trail.   The location of the land slide and rock fall ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Rockfall closes Aiea Loop Trail today

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (formerly State Civil Defense) monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 11:45 a.m. The siren test is a steady one minute tone on ...
Read More HI-EMA NEWS RELEASE: October 1, 2015 siren and emergency alert system test

Honolulu, Hawaii- Hawaii’s 50th Anniversary of Vietnam Commemorative Committee is compiling a database of Hawaii-based Vietnam-era veterans.   The committee is leading the state’s efforts to honor the service and sacrifice of Vietnam-era veterans, from 2015 through 2017. There are an estimated 36,000 Vietnam-era veterans living in Hawaii.  The committee is attempting to collect contact information ...
Read More DOD NEWS RELEASE: 50th Anniversary of Vietnam Commemorative Committee building veterans database

HONOLULU – In a groundbreaking move for the Native Hawaiian community, the U.S. Department of Interior today announced a proposal to create a pathway for the Native Hawaiian community to reorganize a Native Hawaiian government and re-establish a government-to-government relationship with the United States. The Native Hawaiian community has not had a formal government since ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige applauds federal proposal setting the path for Native Hawaiians to establish formal government

Statement from Governor David Ige: “This issue has been discussed for many years, and I support President Obama and the Department of the Interior’s efforts to move it forward. I urge the public, particularly Native Hawaiians, to comment on this possible pathway for the United States and Native Hawaiians to establish a government-to-government relationship. The ...
Read More Governor’s statement on proposal to re-establish government-to-government relationship with Native Hawaiian community

HONOLULU – Effective immediately, the Oahu District Office’s Halekauwila Street drive-thru drop box is closed due to building construction.  The Department hopes to re-open its drive-thru drop box during the 2016 tax season. Due to building construction, access to the Department’s Halekauwila Street parking lot and driveway is closed to the public.  Taxpayers may continue ...
Read More DOTAX NEWS RELEASE: Oahu tax drop box temporarily closed

Attorney General Douglas S. Chin announced that the Department of the Attorney General has launched the Professional Fundraiser Registration System for paid professional solicitors and professional fundraising counsels (“Fundraisers”) that contract with charities. The online system allows these Fundraisers to register with the Department of the Attorney General and to annually renew their registrations.  The ...
Read More AG NEWS RELEASE: Attorney General launches professional fundraiser registration and financial reporting system for charity solicitors and fundraisers

HONOLULU — As a mark of respect for the late former State Representative Jack Lucas Larsen, 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 Hawaii National Guard, from sunrise to sunset on ...
Read More FLAG NOTICE: Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of former State Representative Jack Lucas Larsen

HONOLULU — According to a National Weather Service (NWS) briefing this morning, Niala strengthened into a tropical storm overnight. The center of the system is located about 455 miles southeast of Hilo and continues to move slowly in a northwest direction. Forecasters are confident that Tropical Storm Niala will begin to weaken over weekend and ...
Read More HI-EMA NEWS RELEASE: Hawai’i Island to feel impacts of Tropical Storm Niala