Capitol Connection

Education. Affordable housing and homelessness services. Sustainability. The 2017 state Legislature appropriated funds for the governor’s priorities as well as for schools, highways, airports and harbors, and protection against invasive species. Among the items funded: • Early College High School program -$1M in each fiscal year to expand the program in high schools. • Hawai‘i ...
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One winner is helping young people overcome a troubled past. Another believes that school children need an inspiring place to learn. And one dedicated 15-member team protected Hawai‘i’s consumer interests in the proposed NextEra-Hawaiian Electric merger. They were among the top winners at the Governor’s Award Ceremony May 18, recognizing 19 teams, 18 managers and ...
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The homeless count across the state dipped for the first time in eight years. The drop is significant – a nine percent decrease for 2017 over the same period last year. The annual Point in Time Count (link to summary)– a census of people experiencing homelessness – found 7,220 homeless individuals across the state, compared to ...
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Since taking office two years ago, Governor Ige and his administration have taken action on multiple fronts to increase affordable housing and reduce homelessness. This issue of Capitol Connection looks at progress across the state and how groups are working together to make a difference on these long-standing issues. Q. What do you want people ...
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Whether it’s a studio rental or a home for a growing family, what can be done to provide more affordable housing across the state? Governor Ige wants folks to know he hears them and is taking action through public-private partnerships and improved financial tools to increase production. From O‘ahu and Maui county to Kaua‘i and ...
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For the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness Scott Morishige and his small four-person team, homelessness is much more than numbers and a “Point-in-Time” count.  Homelessness has a face and a name. It’s Sims Santa Anna, who used to live on the banks of Kapalama Canal. Or Jodi Jennette Inks, whose home was on the slopes of ...
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It was standing room only at the Kaua‘i Community Connection last month as Governor Ige and state department heads answered questions on everything from traffic and the environment to education and housing. “I’m here to listen to you,” the governor told the more than 300 residents. “We want to continue to work with the county ...
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A rent with the option to purchase pilot project has resulted in 61 new homeowners on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and taken them off the waiting list. DHHL joined with Mark Development, Inc. to work directly with Hawaiian families who earned 60 percent or less of the area median income. Participants in the Kapolei ...
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It was “Dave Shoji Day” April 13 at the state Capitol to honor the iconic UH Rainbow  Wahine volleyball  coach who retired this year after 42 winning seasons. Governor Ige praised Shoji for “inspiring generations of young girls” and earning the respect and admiration of the people of Hawai‘i. More photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskV8ZJmN Read more in our ...
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Hawai‘i ranked No. 1 in the nation for health care, said a U.S. News and World Report analysis — thanks in part to what the magazine called “a four-decade jump on health care reform.” The analysis said the state’s Prepaid Health Care Act of 1974 “provided strong evidence that increasing access to health care coverage ...
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