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House Passes Rep. Gabbard’s Bill to address America’s Nursing Needs

MEDIA RELEASE Washington, DC—Monday (Oct 28), the House passed H.R.728, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Rep. Dave Joyce (OH-14) who are co-chairs of Congressional Nursing Caucus. The bill would reauthorize federal funding for the nursing workforce and education programs to help grow and […]

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Women's Legislative Caucus Co-Convener (from left) Senators Laura H. Thielen and Rosalyn H. Baker, and Representatives Lauren Matsumoto and Linda Ichiyama inside the new Lactation Room.

Women’s Legislative Caucus Opens Lactation Room at State Capitol

MEDIA RELEASE Women’s Legislative Caucus Co-Convener (from left) Senators Laura H. Thielen and Rosalyn H. Baker, and Representatives Lauren Matsumoto and Linda Ichiyama inside the new Lactation Room.Women’s Legislative Caucus members celebrate the blessing and opening of the new Lactation Room at the State Capitol. (From left) Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Rep. Lauren Matsumoto, Sen. Laura […]

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Governor Ige travels to Japan for enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige will be attending Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony and related events in Japan this week. The governor is one of seven Japanese-Americans who have been invited to the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday, Oct. 22 (Japan time). The list of invited Japanese-American guests […]

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A homeless man wakes up under the Suisan bridge in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of Sally Lundburg)

Emergency relief period extended for homelessness

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HONOLULU – In his capacity as acting governor, Lt. Gov. Joshua Green issued a sixth supplementary proclamation that extends the disaster emergency relief period for homelessness across the state. The purpose of the emergency proclamation is to accelerate the completion of housing projects for individuals and families who are transitioning […]

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‘Coffee with a Cop’ events for Nov-Dec, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Police have scheduled “Coffee with a Cop” events in the upcoming months of November and December: On (November 6) “Coffee with a Cop” at the Kona library (75-138 Hualalai Rd.) 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.On (November 12) “Coffee with a Cop” at the Kona Commons Mcdonalds (74-5453 Makala Blvd.) 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.On (December 4) “Coffee […]

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Third Circuit Court upholds Land Board’s decision on illegal lava boat tours

MEDIA RELEASE (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 […]

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SpeakOut Sessions on Energy Code Amendments planned for Hilo and Kona

MEDIA RELEASE DPW is holding facilitated SpeakOut sessions on Oct. 28 & 29 to seek input from design and construction professionals on proposed amendments to the energy code.   Design and construction professionals are invited to attend SpeakOut Sessions held by the County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works Building Division on proposed amendments to […]

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Foreign aid to resume for Central American countries to address illegal migration

MEDIA RELEASE WASHINGTON – At a press conference in San Salvador today following a Central American Regional Ministerial meeting, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced the Trump Administration’s resumption of foreign aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. “Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have been outstanding partners, and I look forward to […]

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Flags to fly at half-staff in memory of U. S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings

MEDIA RELEASE Representative Elijah E. Cummings 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 […]

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Governor Ige nominates three to BLNR

MEDIA RELEASE Christopher YuenWesely “Kaiwi” YoonVernon Char HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced three nominations for the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). All three nominations are subject to confirmation by the Senate.  “These nominees represent a balanced and broad spectrum of experience and bring diverse points of view to the Land Board. […]

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State Legacy Land Conservation Commission recommends grants for Ala Kahakai Trail

Kaunāmano (Ala Kahakai Trail Association, with conservation easement held by County of Hawai‘i; full award for the Fiscal Year 2020).

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County to host island-wide public updates for the General Plan

MEDIA RELEASE The Hawai‘i County Department of Planning will host events around Hawai‘i Island through October to solicit public feedback on proposed updates to the General Plan before the comment period closes on October 31, 2019. Once adopted, the plan, referred to as General Plan 2040, will govern land use and development on Hawai‘i Island […]

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Greener Hawaii and Hawaii Island Sierra Club urge vote for Council Bill 101

MEDIA RELEASE A joint press release of Greener Hawaii and Hawaii Island Sierra Club There will be less worry about the health of the island and its people, children, pets and wildlife if Rebecca Shute-Villegas’ Bill 101 to limit the County’s use of chemical herbicides is approved by the County Council. District 7 Councilwoman Villegas […]

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2019 Jurist of the Year and Judiciary Employees Honored

MEDIA RELEASE   HONOLULU – First Circuit Court Judge Gary W.B. Chang was presented with the 2019 Jurist of the Year Award by Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald, at the Hawaii State Judiciary’s Statewide Incentive Awards Ceremony on September 30. “Judge Chang is an outstanding trial judge, mentor and leader, who is a tireless proponent […]

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