Capitol Connection

Consider the numbers: 15 airports, 10 commercial harbors, 2,500 miles of highway and 2,600 employees. That’s the Hawai‘i  Department of Transportation (HDOT).  Now add the airlines, shipping companies, big and small local businesses and thousands of residents who want to know when their road is going to be fixed. Welcome to HDOT’s world. For the ...
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What has the Ige administration accomplished so far in transportation? Aging infrastructure is being addressed, and state     Department of Transportation officials say the proof of progress is in some of the milestones reached in the last few months  for highways, airports and harbors. “We know more needs to be done, but I do feel good ...
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From a broken-down storage shed to a place of hope — that sums up the success story of the Family Assessment Center in Kaka‘ako, which celebrated its 1st anniversary Oct. 3. The event brought together Gov. Ige, members of his homelessness leadership team, legislators and officials from the state’s Department of Human Services and Catholic ...
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Take a roomful of talented young coders. Match them with state departments who want to improve services. Then give them a month to produce practical solutions the state can actually use to benefit the whole community. The result is — drumroll, please — the Hawai‘i Annual Code Challenge (HACC), the brainchild of Governor Ige, and ...
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                  Governor Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige affirmed Hawai‘i’s long-standing relationship with Japan and the Philippines in visits last month to promote cultural, economic and education exchanges. Mrs. Ige traveled to Hiroshima Oct. 2 to represent the state in commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hawai‘i’s sister ...
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How do we help children and families in Hawai‘i thrive, not just survive? The answer lies in real, meaningful change to get better, lasting results. That’s Gov. David Ige’s challenge to state government — to find ways to work together more effectively — whether it’s cooling schools, tackling opioid abuse or adopting a new ‘Ohana ...
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For students and teachers at 88 public schools on five islands, learning became a lot easier this fall, thanks to Governor Ige delivering on his promise to air condition 1,000 classrooms with a $100 million legislative appropriation. In addition, the Department of Education said 323 more AC units will be installed by the end of ...
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Maybe you’ve seen the headlines, “National opioid crisis kills thousands” and think it couldn’t happen here in Hawai‘i. Well, think again. Department of Health (DOH) officials are sounding the alarm now about painkiller abuse to get ahead of the problem. “Drug abuse is a public health issue. People of all ages are at risk when ...
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It’s a big ask: How do you improve the well-being of local  families, especially the most needy, and help them on their way to self-sufficiency? The answer from the governor and the Ige administration is ‘Ohana Nui (the extended family) — what coordinator Kimberly Miyazawa-Frank calls “the golden opportunity” for Hawai‘i — the chance for ...
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Hawai‘i’s Governor Ige has been elected vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) and will serve for one year before becoming WGA chair next year. The WGA represents the governors of 19 western states and three U.S. flag islands — American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. As vice chair, Gov. Ige will ...
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