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Rep Gabbard calls for labeling of GMO foods, votes against contrary act

On Thursday (July 23) Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted against H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, also known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, which would roll back years of progress in ensuring that food with genetically engineered ingredients is properly labeled.

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The flag at the Hilo post office at half-staff Friday (Dec 14).

Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Chattanooga, Tennessee

At the direction of President of the United States, the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag will be flown at half-staff until sunset, July 25, 2015. This action is a sign of respect for the service members killed last week in Chattanooga.

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Governor signs medical marijuana dispensary bill into law

MEDIA RELEASE 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 […]

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Governor Ige vetos eight bills today

MEDIA RELEASE 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 […]

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Volcano Watch: HVO scientist Jim Kauahikaua receives Meritorious Service Award

Dr. Jim Kauahikaua, a research geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, recently received a Citation for Meritorious Service, the second highest U.S. Department of the Interior honor award that can be granted to a career employee.

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Smoking is now banned in all Hawaiʻi State Parks, as a new law – Act 123, SLH 2015 – went into effect as of July 1, 2015.  The ban includes smoking, including electronic cigarettes, and all tobacco products in all state parks in Hawaii. It applies to all areas of the parks, including beaches, picnic and camping areas, trails and roadways.

Smoking of all tobacco products and e-cigs now banned at state parks

Smoking is now banned in all Hawaiʻi State Parks, as a new law – Act 123, SLH 2015 – went into effect as of July 1, 2015. The ban includes smoking, including electronic cigarettes, and all tobacco products in all state parks in Hawaii. It applies to all areas of the parks, including beaches, picnic […]

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Governor Ige working to get TMT project to proceed

“We are a patient people in Hawai‘i. We listen to and understand differing points of view, and we respect the many cultures of this land, especially that of the host culture. I have done my very best to follow this process in the case of Mauna Kea and set forth a way forward that I […]

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Supreme Court of the United States rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

In a 5-4 decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.

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Eleven adults were arrested by the Hawai‘i Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) Wednesday, during a protest to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.
 
The arrests are unfortunate, but the state’s number one priority is the safety of the people on Mauna Kea – from TMT workers to protestors who are exercising their first amendment rights to peaceably assemble and protest in a civil manner.

Governor’s office reports that TMT construction on hold for now

Eleven adults were arrested by the Hawai‘i Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) Wednesday, during a protest to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. The arrests are unfortunate, but the state’s number one priority is the safety of the people on Mauna Kea – from TMT workers to protestors who […]

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The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, Hawaii branch telephone lines (808-974-6207 and 974-6208) are experiencing technical difficulties and unable to receive calls. 
Anyone who needs to contact the DOCARE Hawaii Branch should call 808-974-6209.  It's not known how long it will take to make repairs and we will follow-up with an alert once the lines are operable.

DLNR having problems with phone lines, provide alternate phone number

The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, Hawaii branch telephone lines (808-974-6207 and 974-6208) are experiencing technical difficulties and unable to receive calls. Anyone who needs to contact the DOCARE Hawaii Branch should call 808-974-6209. It’s not known how long it will take to make repairs and we will follow-up with an alert once […]

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The Grassroot Institute’s transparency initiative strives for open government

The Grassroot Institute’s finds Hawaii County a difficult place when it comes to open government and transparency. Video of their findings.

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The state’s Insurance Division is advising Big Island residents that the Hawaii Property Insurance Association (HPIA) is now accepting all new business applications and coverage increase requests.   

“This is an opportunity to safeguard against unexpected property damage,” said Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito. “We want to thank our lawmakers for taking steps to pass legislation to lift the moratorium.”  Act 32, which was signed into law on May 5, 2015, requires HPIA to lift any moratorium on the issuance of residential property insurance within lava zones declared to be under a lava flow-related state of emergency by the Mayor of the County of Hawaii.

Property insurance moratorium lifted for Puna district, all Big Island residents urged to get insurance

The state’s Insurance Division is advising Big Island residents that the Hawaii Property Insurance Association (HPIA) is now accepting all new business applications and coverage increase requests. “This is an opportunity to safeguard against unexpected property damage,” said Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito. “We want to thank our lawmakers for taking steps to pass legislation […]

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