Capitol Connection

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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A Kaua‘i solar farm project that uses Tesla batteries to store enough power to serve 4,500 homes during peak night hours is helping the state reach its goal of having 100 percent of its electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2045. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative project, working with SolarCity and Tesla Energy, is believed ...
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“Our natural world is a gift with limits. We must carefully steward this gift if we are to survive together.”  — Governor David Y. Ige Clean drinking water seems as simple as turning on the tap. Hawai‘i’s beaches and coral reefs still look inviting. Invasive species feel like a distant threat.  But as many have said, ...
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What does it take to fight invasive species? Often it means an army of ordinary citizens, working hand in hand with government, attacking one bug, one weed at a time. That was the message from a recent ceremony at the state Capitol honoring statewide Invasive Species Heroes who have fought to control alien pests on ...
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At the recent NGA conference, Governor Ige was the first state governor to attend a meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. “We have to take bold, meaningful action if future generations are to benefit from this resource,” said the governor. “In our Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative, we have committed to effectively managing 30 percent ...
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Our Hawai‘i — like nowhere else on Earth. We say it and live it every day. We’re the most diverse, the healthiest state, but we still have a host of challenges. This issue of Capitol Connection focuses on Gov. David Ige’s Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative and the progress we’re making, the National Governors Association conference in ...
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Early College is an innovation that works. That seems to be the takeaway, based on success stories, data points and, most of all, the heartfelt words of the students in the program and their proud parents.  They call the program “life-changing” because it offers students a way to save money on college courses and build ...
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