WGA Chair and Hawaii Gov. David Ige is hosting his fellow Western Governors and guests this week at the WGA 2018 Winter Meeting this week at the Fairmont Orchid hotel on the Island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island. 

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Ten Western Governors are joining Gov. Ige, including: WGA Vice Chair Doug Burgum (North Dakota), C.L. "Butch" Otter (Idaho), Steve Bullock (Montana), Brian Sandoval (Nevada), Mary Fallin (Oklahoma), Kate Brown (Oregon), Dennis Daugaard (South Dakota), Gary Herbert (Utah), Matt Mead (Wyoming), and Ralph Torres (Northern Mariana Islands).

Day 1: A stirring keynote by world navigator Nainoa Thompson, a closer look at the increasing challenges posed by invasive species (watch the video) and a look at the booming industry of outdoor recreation in Western states highlighted the first day of the Winter Meeting Read more.

The next two days will include a variety of speakers and roundable discussions. Henk Rogers, whose Blue Planet Foundation helped drive approval of a bill directing Hawaiian utilities to generate 100 percent of their electricity sales from renewable sources by 2045, will speak on day two.

Three members of the Administration will deliver keynotes and have public conversations with the Governors at the meeting, including Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie and Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

On-site registration is available Dec. 10 from 1-5 p.m. at the Luana Lounge at the Fairmont Orchid. On Dec. 11, on-site registration is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Grande Ballroom Foyer. 

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