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Hawai‘i Stands United on Sustainability and Climate Change Preparedness

August 5, 2014 I would like to extend a warm mahalo to Mayors Arakawa, Caldwell, Carvalho and Kenoi for joining me and Office of Hawaiian Affairs leadership in signing the “Aloha+ Challenge: A Culture of... more »»

Hawai‘i a ‘Rising Star’ in Education Transformation

April 17, 2014 Hawai‘i--once in danger of losing our “Race to the Top” federal education reform grant--is now considered a “rising star” among states. While visiting local schools last month, U.S. more »»

Hawai‘i’s Airports Going Green

March 6, 2014 At Hawai‘i’s airports, an exciting program is underway that will propel our state forward in achieving Hawai‘i’s goal of 70 percent clean energy by the year 2030--30 percent from efficiency measures... more »»

Hawai‘i on the Right Path to Fiscal Sustainability

January 9, 2014 As we begin the New Year, the State of Hawai‘i is in a much-improved financial and economic position. This achievement is no accident. more »»

Special Session Provides Greatest Opportunity for Focus, Fairness

September 19, 2013 My decision to call the state Legislature into special session this October was based on doing what is right to create equity for all in Hawai‘i. Since last June’s U.. more »»

Energy Audit Opportunities for Hawai‘i’s Ag Producers and Rural Small Businesses

July 25, 2013 As the Abercrombie Administration moves the state toward reducing our dependency on imported oil through energy efficiency measures and renewable energy installations, it is important for all... more »»

Economy Strengthening as Healthcare Transformation Gets Underway

June 20, 2013 Ilook forward to returning to Maui later this month for the Maui Chamber of Commerce’s annual Installation Luncheon, where I will be pleased to report on the status of our local economy and... more »»

Maui Visit Showcases Our Ability to Work Together

April 25, 2013 On Wednesday, April 10, the Maui community had a unique opportunity to meet members of my Cabinet and share with them, face-to-face, information vital to the Valley Isle. more »»

Maui Residents Help Usher in a New Era of Leadership

January 29, 2013 Recent transitions of leadership in Hawai‘i will have a far-reaching impact on the State of Hawai‘i that will extend well beyond the New Year. While we mourn the passing of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. more »»

Fiscal Strategy, New Day Initiatives Showing Progress

November 22, 2012 I am pleased to report that the State of Hawai‘i’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell in August to 6.1 percent--down from the revised rate of 6.3 percent in July. more »»

Hawai‘i’s IT Transformation Begins Now

November 8, 2012 In the information age, it is simply not an option to allow our state to fall behind by failing to fully utilize the array of technology now availabl. more »»

Maui Team Members Contribute to a New Day in Hawai‘i

August 30, 2012 On July 30, I was pleased to announce my appointment of Maria E. Zielinski, formerly of Maui, as deputy director of the state Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS). Ms. more »»

Economic Outlook Indicative of Sound Fiscal Strategy

July 26, 2012 Our state is on track toward economic recovery and sustainabilit. more »»

BOE Scores A+ for First-Year Progress

June 28, 2012 Hawai‘i’s inaugural appointed Board of Education (BOE) has released its first-year “Report on Public Education,” outlining a list of innovative action focused on improving Hawai‘i student... more »»

A Look Back at the 2012 Legislative Session

May 31, 2012 Hundreds of bills are now under review and on their way to my desk for signature. more »»

OHA Settlement Good News for All Islands

May 3, 2012 Last month, the State of Hawai‘i settled a debt that will have a lasting positive impact on Native Hawaiians throughout the island. more »»

Broadband Will Drive Innovation on Maui and Throughout the State

March 22, 2012 My Administration is working hard to ensure that the State of Hawai‘i will be at the forefront of high-speed technology. more »»

Integrated Smart Grid Essential to Our Clean Energy Economy

March 1, 2012 Last November, Hawai‘i and Japan officials took the initial step toward developing a first-of-its-kind smart grid demonstration project on Maui. more »»

No Task is Too Big When Done Together by All

February 2, 2012 While on Maui this past Saturday attending the 11th annual Buy Back the Beach Benefit for Hawaiian Island Land Trust, I was reminded that we must never forget our responsibility to remain proper... more »»

When Hawai‘i Works, Hawai‘i Wins

August 25, 2011 In the first half of 2011, we stabilized our financial situation by making prudent use of the resources we had and made tough decisions. more »»

Getting Our Priorities Straight

June 30, 2011 Our keiki deserve so much more of our help than they’ve been gettin. more »»


Free Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program Sundays through Thursdays October 23, 2014

Free Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program Sundays through Thursdays Learn the names of the fish you’ve seen while snorkeling at Pacific Whale Foundation’s free Coral Reef Information Station. A great place to visit if you’re new to snorkeling in Hawai‘i. more »

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