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For sustainability, the phrase “Think global, act local” has come to mean more with each year of the Ige administration. It means growing more of our own food, focusing on clean energy solutions and nurturing a new generation committed to protecting our islands and island Earth from climate change. Hawai‘i’s leadership has been recognized worldwide ...
Read More Taking action statewide for a Sustainable Hawai’i

Governor Ige has announced a new, innovative program to make green energy installments such as solar water heaters and photovoltaic panels more accessible and affordable for homeowners, renters, small businesses and non-profits. The Green Energy Money $aver (GEM$) on-bill program is the result of a collaborative effort among energy leaders from the public and private ...
Read More GEM$: Making clean energy affordable for consumers

Find them before they find you.” That warning about little fire ants in Hawai‘i should scare anyone since stings can cause blindness in pets, severe pain and allergic reactions in people and damage to crops and wildlife. Infestations have been found on nearly every island in the state. The good news is that the ants and ...
Read More How you can help guard against invasive pests

How do you get people talking about increasing food production in Hawai‘i?  One way, Governor Ige found, was to set an ambitious — even controversial — goal and a projected timeline to meet it. “By saying we wanted to double local food production by 2020, the governor put a target out there and drew attention to ...
Read More Growing, buying local matters for sustainability

A little over 10 years ago, Kupu was a small organization with three young, dedicated co-founders and a dream: to restore the ‘āina while restoring lives. Today Kupu has grown to become the largest youth conservation-focused non-profit in the state. It has more than 150 partners throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific and has generated nearly ...
Read More Kupu opens new Ho’okupu Center to malama ‘āina and our youth

Hawai‘i island will be home to a new global accelerator for startups focusing on sustainable solutions for the aquaculture industry. “This effort aligns with our focus to build an innovation economy, advance sustainability and create jobs,” said Governor Ige. The accelerator and investment fund will be based at the Hawai‘i Ocean Science and Technology Park ...
Read More Accelerating Hawai’i aquaculture

Hawai‘i is on target to meet the state’s goal established by the Legislature 12 years ago to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to equal to or below 1990 levels. That’s the good news from a recent report prepared for the state Department of Health (DOH). “We know that bending the curve of emissions down by 2020 ...
Read More State on target to beat 2020 greenhouse gas emissions goal

How do you produce affordable for-sale homes in Hawai‘i? The answer may lie in an idea raised by Governor Ige in his State of the State address to build condominiums on state land with 99-year leases. Bills for such a plan are still being discussed, but the initiative has been applauded for its out-of-the-box approach ...
Read More Making housing more affordable for local residents

Homelessness. For many of us, it’s a life we can’t imagine and don’t understand. But for state coordinator Scott Morishige and the dedicated teams moving homeless folks into permanent, supportive housing, the daily victories are worth the effort. It’s the family who went from living under the freeway in Aiea to a home in Kahauiki Village. ...
Read More Helping the homeless find hope, housing statewide

Tickets have been selling fast for Southwest Airlines’ long-awaited start of mainland and interisland service for the islands. Southwest will offer service between Oakland and Kahului, Maui on April 7, and between San Jose and Honolulu on May 5. Service between San Jose and Kahului will begin on May 26. On April 28, Southwest will ...
Read More Southwest launches Hawai’i service

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