Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie — yes, he’s still our governor, until Dec. 1 — is expected to return today from a six-day trip to Taiwan.

The governor was in Taiwan to complete cancelled meetings from a previous trip that was cut short due to typhoon Soulik in July 2013, according to his office.

The China Post reports that the governor told Taiwanese that Hawaii “has much more to offer than sunshine and beaches” and welcomed more Taiwanese travelers “to explore the diversity” of Hawaii.

Tomorrow afternoon, Abercrombie, along with representatives from the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly and the University of Hawaii, will sign a 2-year faculty contract agreement that will succeed the current contract set to expire on June 30, 2015.

UPDATE: The signing ceremony has been postponed due to the state’s preparation efforts ahead of Tropical Storm Ana. The governor’s office will update everyone when this is rescheduled.

While the governor was away, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui was in charge. His actions included announcing the release of $33 million for the construction of a 35,000-square-foot instructional and research facility for the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

He also announced a deal to purchase Lipoa Point on Maui “benefiting both the state and more than 1,600 kupuna,” according to Tsutsui’s office.

Tsutsui and Abercrombie

The current LG and gov.

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