Press Releases

“Celebrating Our Local Heroes” Exhibit Dedicated at Honolulu International Airport

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Featured, Main, Press Releases

“Celebrating Our Local Heroes” Exhibit Dedicated at Honolulu International Airport

HONOLULU – A new exhibit entitled “Celebrating Our Local Heroes” was dedicated today at the Honolulu International Airport honoring the late US Senator Daniel K. Inouye and the late Hawaii sports legend Wally Yonamine.  Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui joined Mrs. Irene Hirano-Inouye, widow of Senator Inouye, and Mr. Paul Yonamine, son of Mr. Yonamine, to unveil the new exhibits that celebrate the contributions of both men to Hawaii’s history. “What better place to have this exhibit than at the Honolulu International Airport, the gateway to the Pacific, where we are able to share the...

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Palolo Chinese Home Receives $750,000 in Capital Improvement Grant Funds

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in Featured, Main, Press Releases

Palolo Chinese Home Receives $750,000 in Capital Improvement Grant Funds

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the release of $750,000 in capital improvement grant funds for the Palolo Chinese Home (PCH) on Oahu.  “Expanding capacity to provide more services to our kupuna is one of the administration’s top priorities,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This money will ensure that there is sufficient resources for residents of Hawaii’s largest Adult Residential Care Home to get the care they need and deserve.”  Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui announced the release of these funds in-person while visiting PCH this morning. “It was a pleasure to deliver the...

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Lt. Gov. Tsutsui Calls on Congress to Address the National Transportation Funding Crisis

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 in Featured, Main, Press Releases

Lt. Gov. Tsutsui Calls on Congress to Address the National Transportation Funding Crisis

HONOLULU – With the Highway Trust Fund projected to become insolvent this year, the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution, cosponsored by Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, calling on Congress to, “Develop a shared, long-term vision for surface transportation.” Tsutsui cosponsored the resolution while attending the NLGA conference in the nation’s capital last week. Without adequate funding, the deterioration of roads, bridges and other systems will negatively impact Hawaii’s quality of life in the way of safety, tourism and business in...

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Lt. Governor Tsutsui to Advocate Hawaii’s Interests in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 in Featured, Main, Press Releases

Lt. Governor Tsutsui to Advocate Hawaii’s Interests in Washington, D.C.

HONOLULU — Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui will meet with top national leaders in Washington, D.C. as part of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Federal-State Relations Meeting March 19 – 21, 2014.  He will advocate for Hawaii’s interests regarding school safety, highway funding, the Army Corp of Engineers, chemical handling, the National Guard, and more.   Lt. Gov. Tsutsui will engage with General Frank Grass of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about proposed reductions in the military which will impact national defense and the ability of the National Guard to assist with...

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Lt. Governor Tsutsui Offers His Condolences to Family and Friends of Plane Crash Victims

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 in Main, Press Releases

HONOLULU – Ahead of the service and gathering planned this weekend honoring Tremaine Balberdi and Kathleen Kern, victims of last month’s plane crash on Lanai, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, a Maui resident, would like to offer his condolences to the family and friends of the three victims:   “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Kathleen Kern, Tremaine Balberdi and Richard Rooney.  Each served the people of Maui County with dedication and passion.  This tragedy has affected and saddened our small, tight-knit community.  I continue to keep everyone who has been...

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DBEDT Hosts More Than 100 Entrepreneurs at State Capitol

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in Featured, Main, Press Releases

DBEDT Hosts More Than 100 Entrepreneurs at State Capitol

HONOLULU — For a second consecutive year, the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) showcased Hawaii entrepreneurs, highlighting innovative ideas, projects and products today at the Hawaii State Capitol. The exhibitors represented the broad diversity of entrepreneurship in the state, including in the areas of fashion, energy, food, music, arts and culture, technology and software applications. More than 120 businesses were represented. “Entrepreneurs’ Day underscores the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship for the future of Hawaii’s...

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Honolulu Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Bridging Asia Pacific Cultures

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 in Featured, Main, Press Releases

Honolulu Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Bridging Asia Pacific Cultures

HONOLULU – The Honolulu Festival returns for its 20th year with an exciting celebration of Asia Pacific culture showcased through music, dance, crafts, arts, exhibits, and special presentations before concluding in Waikiki with a parade and fireworks show, March 8-9. The Festival is free and open to the public with a schedule of dynamic performances taking place at three convenient locations – Hawaii Convention Center, Waikiki Beach Walk, and Ala Moana Center – on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Presented by the Honolulu Festival Foundation under the banner of “Pacific...

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Lt. Governor’s Op-Ed: Hawaii and President Obama’s Future

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 in Featured, Main, Press Releases

Lt. Governor’s Op-Ed:  Hawaii and President Obama’s Future

By Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui Last week, President Obama launched a non-profit foundation to evaluate proposals for his presidential library.  In the coming months, the State of Hawai‘i will be making the case that locating this institution in Honolulu will be good for the President, good for our islands, and good for the world. Thanks to the University of Hawai‘i team that has been leading this effort since 2008, Honolulu is considered a primary contender for a presidential center, along with Chicago and New York.  As Lieutenant Governor, I have been collaborating on this initiative...

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Lt. Gov. Tsutsui to Serve as Honorary Chair For American Cancer Society’s Hope Gala

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 in Main, Press Releases

HONOLULU– The American Cancer Society (ACS) has announced Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui will serve as honorary chair for the second annual Hope Gala, “Midnight in Tokyo.”  The event is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Hawaii State Art Museum.  “Cancer affects countless lives in the State of Hawaii and I wanted to do my part in helping to fight back and find the cure to end this disease,” said Tsutsui.  “I invite everyone to reach deep into their pockets and their hearts to support this worthwhile event.”  “Midnight in Tokyo” serves as an American Cancer Society...

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Lt. Governor’s After-School Initiative Selected to Receive Grant from the NFL Foundation

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 in Main, Press Releases

Honolulu — Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui’s after-school initiative, R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health), has been selected to receive a grant from the National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) through its Pro Bowl Community grant program. The grant program provides funding for youth-serving organizations in Hawaii in celebration of the 2014 Pro Bowl.  “A big mahalo to the NFL Foundation for its donation to our initiative,” said Tsutsui.  “This grant will go a long way to help expand our initiative, enabling it to serve more middle and...

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