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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 ...
Read More Gov. Ige in line to lead Western Governors’ Association

Ferocious hurricanes. Raging wildfires. Rising seas and coastal flooding. As we in Hawai‘i and other parts of the world can attest, climate change is real. To highlight how states can work together to take action, Gov. Ige joined national leaders for Climate Week in New York last month. “This was a great opportunity for Hawai‘i ...
Read More Hawai’i joins other Climate Week leaders at summit

Mention state government, and cynics see only bureaucracy. But Gov. David Ige sees the future. He has challenged state departments to modernize, innovate and make government work better for all of us. That includes tackling tough issues with aggressive goals to show results, replacing antiquated systems and saving taxpayer dollars. The goal? Measurable, visible progress ...
Read More From the governor: Delivering on promises for the future

No issue has galvanized the community more than homelessness — with the governor’s homelessness coordinator Scott Morishige and his team leading the charge. For the first time in eight years, the latest Point in Time count of Hawai‘i’s homeless population showed a 9 percent overall decrease compared to the same time last year, with Hawai‘i, ...
Read More Progress on homelessness: First statewide decrease in 8 years

To meet the governor’s goal of 10,000 new housing units statewide by 2020, the state’s housing agencies are working with the counties and home builders to streamline processes and improve financing tools. The focus is building more affordable units for working families. This includes tripling the supply of affordable housing in Kaka‘ako and opening new ...
Read More More housing for middle-income families

DLIR’s Three Amigos: Streamlined workers’ comp They’ve been dubbed “The Three Amigos” by their co-workers at the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations — three millennials hired as office assistants to help digitize the mountains of paperwork from some 20,000 claims a year in the disability compensation division. Jodie Nakamura, Ryan Mercado and Liam Tobin ...
Read More State MVPs move governor’s priorities forward

It’s not often a state agency completely changes the way it does things. Yet that’s what has happened, thanks to manager Peter Oshiro and his team of inspectors in the Department of Health’s (DOH) sanitation branch. Now customers can check for color-coded placards at Hawai‘i’s 10,500 restaurants, food trucks, grocery stores, schools and other facilities. ...
Read More DOH transparency equals food safety

Local girl Leah Laramee said her career goal used to be to work in global conservation for the United Nations. But when she came home from college, she recalls, “I saw there was valuable work to be done right here in Hawai‘i.” She was a key member of the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ ...
Read More More MVPs: A Sustainable Hawai`i dream team

It’s rare that a whole community has the chance to weigh in at the start of a complex planning process. But that was the governor’s goal for the Kalihi 21st Century Vision Team. The result? A report filled with their hopes for Kalihi, combining its proud working-class heritage and values with economic growth for jobs ...
Read More Kalihi 21st century: A community’s vision for transformation

I’m elated that legislators have come to an agreement that will move the rail project forward. I’m particularly pleased that the state will have increased oversight for this project, and I’ve discussed the importance of accountability with the new HART Executive Director Andy Robbins. I look forward to hearing the public’s input during next week’s ...
Read More Governor’s statement on rail funding bill