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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.

BILLS SIGNED OR VETOED


 

220
Bills Signed in 2018

Intent to Veto deadline: June 25
Final Approval or Veto deadline: July 10

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ABOUT THE GOVERNOR


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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16 hours ago

Governor David Ige

From free unlimited Wi-Fi to more retail and restaurant space and renovated restrooms, the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is in the midst of a transformation as the state’s busiest airline hub. Wi-Fi upgrades and other major improvements are also underway for airports on the neighbor islands.

The Wi-Fi is available through Boingo Wireless, which operates wireless networks in major airports, stadiums, campuses, military bases and commercial properties throughout the world. The state is also partnering with DFS and HMSHost on more than $69 million worth of improvements themed around Ho‘okipa, the Hawaiian value of hospitality, to offer travelers the best of the islands’ food and gift items.

The public-private partnership is a win for both sides because the State of Hawai‘i and taxpayers didn’t pay for the improvements. DFS opened new duty-free specialty boutiques while HMSHost now offers The Local and Makai Plantation, marketplace with locally sourced dishes such as ahi poke and furikake crusted ahi salad.

The Airports Division of the Hawaii Department of Transportation has been recognized for its management strength in upgraded bond ratings, resulting in $27 million in savings for the state through refinancing. The improvements include adding up to 11 gates and more terminal space at the Honolulu airport, a new rental car facility at Kahului Airport, opening Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport At Keahole as the state’s second international port of entry, and accommodating larger aircraft and Southwest Airlines.

Read more in September's Capitol Connection newsletter: bit.ly/2PEWh9t
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20 hours ago

Governor David Ige

When I set doubling local food production as one of my administration’s goals, skeptics wondered, “Is that even possible?” The answer is yes, say state agriculture officials — with the right combination of available land and water, public-private investment, more support for current and future farmers, and new technology, such as high-tech, climate-controlled greenhouses on a scale that can make a difference for diversified ag.

My administration has taken action on several fronts to make the transition to diversified agriculture possible, including:
• Preserving thousands of acres of prime agricultural land statewide for food production and coordinating water-related policies
• Revitalizing dairy, egg and livestock production as well as employing new greenhouse technology and sustainable practices
• Developing public-private partnerships for greater capital investment
• Encouraging new farmers through business incubators and ag tech to help them become more productive

Villa Rose - A cage-free farm being built on former Dole Pineapple land on O‘ahu is expected to produce eggs by spring 2019. The farm is planned to be off the grid, with solar panels and battery storage. Up to one million laying hens will occupy the farm, to be built in phases over several years.

“We’re assembling the pieces for a foundation we can take into the future,” said James Nakatani, executive director of the Agribusiness Development Corporation. “With the threat of climate change and new federal food safety regulations, we’re focusing on sustainable, “green,” energy-efficient technology and strategies that can benefit farmers statewide to increase productivity and create jobs.”

More on other ag food production in Hawaii: bit.ly/2pl0iV6

See the Sustainable Hawaiʻi Initiative: bit.ly/2k8ABES

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Preservation of the Hawaiian language is important to our culture and, 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Hawaiian Language immersion programs that have brought the Hawaiian language back from the brink of extinction. Hawaiian is now spoken by more than 20,000 people. I bid ALOHA and Congratulations to Aha Punana Leo, Hawaiian Airlines and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Oahu, Hawaii for being honored with the Tourism Legacy Awards and being recognized for your efforts to help revitalize and normalize Hawaiian language usage in everyday life.

Read more at bit.ly/2QH3oiI

To attend and/or participate in the Global Tourism Summit 2018 brought to you by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, click: www.globaltourismsummithawaii.com

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