HONOLULU -- Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano signed into law three bills
aimed at helping the islands' tourism industry. The state now has
$10 million more to spend on marketing the islands, on top of $49
million the Hawaii Visitor & Convention Bureau planned to spend
The governor also approved a bill allocating $36 million to
improve the security of the state's airports, harbors and highways.
The law enables the state department of transportation to hire 36
full-time sheriff officers to provide security services at the main
Also, money will be spent on other security improvements to
airports across the state. Harbors in Honolulu, Hilo, Kahului and
Nawiliwili will get enhanced security as a result of the law. State
highways also will get improvements from appropriations made
available through the law.
And Cayetano signed a bill authorizing the department of
transportation to spend $5 million to promote the safety of