Our Priorities

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Teaching our Keiki

Hawai‘i’s Blueprint for Public Education focuses on 21st century skills. Our innovation economy depends on a well-educated workforce.

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The Road To Home

To provide housing for Hawai‘i over the next several years, the state housing agencies will continue to leverage state funds and reduce regulatory barriers to increase the inventory of affordable housing.

Hawaii Coast

Preserving our ʻĀina

The Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative focuses on protecting our waters, preserving our land and increasing food production for our communities.

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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.

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#FunFactFriday #MaunaLoa is the largest active volcano on earth, spanning 75 miles. Mauna Loa means "Long Mountain." #HIGov ... See MoreSee Less

Nearly all of the beef consumed in Hawaiʻi is imported, but this will no longer be the case thanks to Y. Hata & Co., LTD and Kunoa Cattle Company in #Kauai. This venture will allow us to produce local beef instead of importing, and it aligns with my priority to double local food production by 2020. With the state’s assistance through the Hawaii Strategic Development Corp’s Mana Up program and the Neighbor Island Innovation Initiative, Kunoa received an injection of $300,000 from EEX Fund One. This investment is a good example of how HI Growth helps entrepreneurs by mobilizing private capital for local startups.

Congratulations and mahalo for working to produce high quality, healthier product - with no added hormones or antibiotics to feed our people. #HiGov #100x2020 (read more via: The Garden Island Newspaper: bit.ly/2HSv92R)

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On #WorldWaterDay I want to remind everybody how important it is to protect our oceans. Scientific evidence suggests that the health and function of at least 30% of nearshore reef areas are necessary to sustain the productivity of a reef region like the Main Hawaiian Islands.

In 2016, I announced at the IUCN World Conservation Congress that we are committed to manage 30% nearshore water by 2030. A healthy and resilient economy will depend wholly on a healthy and resilient environment. By committing to effectively manage 30% of Hawaiʻi's waters we are doing our part to ensure that sustainable reefs and fisheries can support our people and economy into the future. #HIGov #SustainableHawaii #30x30
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My commitment remains the same: building housing local folks can afford. Hale Kewalo across from Ala Moana Center in Kaka‘ako broke ground last month.

The project, which is expected to be completed in 2019, includes 128 rental units and focuses on those earning 30 to 60 percent of the area median income (AMI). A one-bedroom unit would rent for $588 a month for those at 30 percent AMI; a two-bedroom rents at $706 for those at 30 percent AMI; and a three-bedroom rents for $1,632 for those at 60 percent AMI. All costs include water, electricity and sewer.

I have advocated for more public-private partnerships like this one to help the state reach its pretty aggressive goal of completing 10,000 housing units by 2020. Stanford’s team has worked closely with the state’s Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation as we revamped our state programs to make financing projects like these possible. I’m excited that Hale Kewalo can remain affordable for 60 years for those at lower income levels. It’s another demonstration of what we can accomplish when we all work together.
#HIGov #10Kby2020 #CapitolConnection More on housing: bit.ly/2FC7Ayk

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