Capitol Connection

Building a better Hawai’i for generations to come Excerpts of the Governor’s 2019 State of the State Address   “The future has a name, and it is the name of a son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter.” — Governor David Y. Ige Like the start of each new year, the State of the State address offers us ...
Read More Building a better Hawai’i for generations to come

Hawai‘i is once again ranked the healthiest state in the nation. Our unemployment rate is among the lowest in the country. Our visitor industry is moving toward another record-setting year, and both individual personal income and the state’s gross domestic product have been steadily growing. For four years, we have worked hard to put the ...
Read More ‘The state of the State of Hawai’i is sound’

In 2023, Alekah will be ready for preschool. But will a preschool be available and ready for her? Research tells us that early childhood education, such as preschool programs, are critical for brain development. Yet in Hawai‘i, we have left that important task to others and only for families who can afford private preschool tuition. ...
Read More A new system of public preschools

On islands where land is scarce and the cost of living high, providing affordable homes for our families has been one of the most challenging aspects of caring and looking out for each other. . . .With the help of the Legislature, our Congressional delegation, the counties, federal agencies, business and community service organizations, we ...
Read More New approaches to affordable housing, homelessness

In addition to controlling and directing growth, planned development allows us to accommodate other priorities as well. Our future requires that over time we, as a state, acquire and preserve more and more land, either as state land or in the hands of partners like the Trust for Public  Lands and the Nature Conservancy. If ...
Read More Protecting the ‘āina for future generations

In addition to preserving important conservation and agricultural lands, under the Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative, we have established strong guidelines to protect our watershed forests, better manage our oceans, strengthen invasive species prevention through our bio-security plan, double our local food production, and achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Our budget includes $3.9 million over ...
Read More Partnering and taking the lead for a Sustainable Hawai’i

Replacing OCCC – We are seeking to continue the process of replacing the outdated correctional center in Kalihi. The relocation gives us a chance to provide enhanced services and program opportunities that would aid in rehabilitation. I agree with Rep. Gregg Takayama and Sen. Clarence Nishihara who head the committees on Public Safety.  It’s a ...
Read More ‘We can do so much more — if we work together’

Governor David Ige has formed a cabinet for his second term that will provide both continuity and fresh eyes for state departments. “These dedicated individuals bring a wealth of experience and understanding to their work,” said the governor. “I have every confidence in these proven leaders and their commitment to the people of Hawai‘i.” The ...
Read More Governor David Ige’s Cabinet

State praised for coordinated response to 2018 natural disasters – Governor Ige and a multitude of state, county and federal agencies and volunteers mobilized to provide support as thousands of residents rebuild their lives after Hurricane Lane, devastating floods and the Kīlauea eruption. From Hawai‘i Department of Defense emergency evacuations, temporary shelters and FEMA relief ...
Read More Rapid responses to hurricanes, floods and a volcanic eruption

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