Capitol Connection

  • Continued building on record tourism and international business development -The Ige administration brought more global travelers to the state and expanded routes from the U.S. mainland and Asia. • Expanded programs to build an innovation economy -These efforts ranged from STEM education in the DOE and UH to Department of Business, Economic Development ...
Read More Growing a strong economy — now and for the future

• Finished more highway projects on O‘ahu and the neighbor islands to alleviate traffic congestion, including Zipper Lane expansion and contraflow lanes on Kahekili and Farrington Highway, completion of Saddle Road construction and progress on the Lahaina Bypass. We also reduced the backlog of highway projects in the federal “pipeline” to keep funds flowing to ...
Read More Moving ahead on traffic and transportation

• Launched ‘Ohana Nui, a multi-generational service approach to help families break the cycle of poverty and initiated the Kupuna Caregivers program to help family caregivers with full-time jobs tap into community resources. • Secured funding for new high-security Hawai‘i State Hospital facility and increased focus on mental health treatment. • Created a statewide opioid ...
Read More Improving health and human services

• Hawai‘i rated strong on fiscal management – Moody’s Analytics reported Hawai‘i is one of only 16 states with enough cash reserves to weather the “stress test” of another recession. • Savings earned for more state projects -The governor’s careful management achieved a AA+ bond rating from Standard and Poor’s, resulting in lower borrowing costs ...
Read More Managing better, smarter: Saving dollars and modernizing systems

Until you assume the office, no one can really know what it means to be Hawai‘i’s governor: the daily decisions that affect thousands of people, the responsibility to help chart the state’s future, and the flood of community invitations that come your way. This issue of Capitol Connection provides a snapshot of some of the ...
Read More From the governor: Challenges, progress, the year ahead

An immediate investigation into the escape of Hawai‘i State Hospital patient Randall Saito, 59, is underway, as ordered by Governor Ige. So far, seven hospital employees have been suspended without pay for 30 days as the Department of Health (DOH) sets out to uncover how the killer was able to leave the grounds after 38 ...
Read More Governor orders full investigation into patient escape

Gov. David Ige has pledged more enforcement efforts to keep public areas such as the Kaka‘ako Makai parks and Nimitz Viaduct pedestrian areas open to the public. The governor said teams are working compassionately and in accordance with applicable laws to maintain state lands and to allow unimpeded public access. The Kaka‘ako parks have suffered ...
Read More Kaka‘ako, Nimitz enforcement to keep state lands safe

Governor Ige joined Castle & Cooke executives and community leaders last month to break ground for Koa Ridge, a new master planned community in central O‘ahu. “We thank you for your perseverance,” said the governor, noting that his son was in preschool when Koa Ridge planning started some 20 years ago. The project will provide ...
Read More Housing update: Koa Ridge, Kahauiki Village make progress

There’s something about Washington Place that stirs some of our deepest emotions. Maybe it’s the memories of Queen Lili‘uokalani and the life she lived there. Or the milestones the historic home has seen. Or the stories from past territorial and state governors who have shaped Hawai‘i. That’s why First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige and the Washington ...
Read More Historic Washington Place to reopen with new exhibits

Leading by example — that’s one of the reasons Vanessa Ching, the student activities coordinator at Ewa Makai Middle School, was named the state’s 2018 Teacher of the Year at a Washington Place ceremony Oct. 27. Whether it’s a “green” service project or an anti-bullying campaign, Ching’s work as the student activities coordinator at Ewa ...
Read More Hawai’i’s top teachers honored for their dedication