Every Student Succeeds Act


ESSA team members

Governor’s ESSA Team

A Governor’s Team on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) began work in April 2016 to help the Department of Education transform public schools in Hawaiʻi.



Bills Signed in 2016

Notice of Veto deadline: June 27
Final Approval or Veto deadline: July 12

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A button to Vetos

Governor David Ige’s Priorities for Hawaiʻi


Our Vision

To have a state government that is honest, transparent and responsive to its citizens.


Our Mission

To change the trajectory of Hawai‘i by restoring faith in government and establishing the Hawaiian Islands as a place future generations choose to call home.

Our Priorities

Effective, Efficient, and Open Government
Native Hawaiians

Cooling our Schools


Governor Ige and kids at cool-schools bill signing

Heat Abatement Program

The Department’s heat abatement effort prioritizes schools that require cooling strategies, which may include air conditioning.



Capitol Connection Newsletter




David Ige

Governor David Y. Ige was sworn in as the eighth governor of the State of Hawai‘i on December 1, 2014. He became the fourth native-born Governor of Hawai‘i and first governor in the United States of America of Okinawan descent.


The First Lady

Dawn Amano-Ige became the first lady of Hawaii when her husband, Governor David Ige, was sworn in as the 8th governor of the State of Hawaii on December 1, 2014. Mrs. Ige was born in Ewa, Hawaii.

Connect With Us


First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige had the opportunity to join Irene Hirano Inouye and First Lady of Japan Akie Abe at the Japan-U.S. International Symposium for Ocean Conservation earlier this week. The women from the United States and Japan gathered to discuss possible solutions to preserving our finite ocean resources for future generations. ... See MoreSee Less

Our Every Student Succeeds Act town hall will be on Molokai at Kaunakakai Elementary School, Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. There will be more ‪#‎ESSA‬ town hall meetings across the state. For dates and locations, register here: bit.ly/2a9RMEH ... See MoreSee Less

Today marked the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Hawaii Department of Transportation and the Republic of Korea, on the mutual recognition and exchange of driver's licenses -- this means that qualified Hawaii residents may use their state driver's licenses in Korea, and qualified drivers from Korea may use their driving credentials here in Hawaii. We hope that this will create more opportunities for both Korean and Hawaii residents to live, work, or study abroad in both jurisdictions.

Mahalo to Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Senator J. Kalani English, DOT Director Ford Fuchigami, and Consul General Walter Paik for all your hard work and support for this initiative. I was honored to be able to witness in the signing today.
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Dawn and I had a great time at the Wounded Warrior Project's Na Koa Canoe Regatta in Waikiki over the weekend. We were pleased to participate in the exhibition race, and proud to say our boat came in second!

Mahalo to all the staff and volunteers that make this event possible on behalf of all our state's wounded warriors and their families.
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