Press Releases

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige extended his condolences to the family of former Representative Mele Carroll, who passed away earlier today. “Mele was an outstanding representative of her district, and we will remember the results she achieved and the Aloha spirit with which she conducted her work.” ###

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced the nomination of two deputy directors to his cabinet. All are subject to confirmation by the Senate. Joseph Kim has been nominated to be the Deputy Director at the Department of Taxation where he will redeploy his extensive experience in training and commanding U.S. Air Force and Air ...
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HONOLULU – The State of Hawaii has successfully launched the upgrade of a major, formerly at-risk information technology system as part of its long-term plan to transform government. The Human Resources Management System (HRMS) Upgrade Project was completed as scheduled on Jan. 20, 2015, resulting in a modernized system with vital backup and disaster recovery ...
Read More Major Technology Upgrade Launch Part of Long-Term Plan to Transform Government

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced his nominees to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA). The HCDA is a state agency that was established to promote and coordinate public and private sector community development in its designated community development districts. This is the first time Board members have been named in accordance with Act ...
Read More Governor Announces Nominations for the Hawaii Community Development Authority Board

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced his nomination of Leonard Hoshijo to be the Deputy Director in the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Hoshijo’s professional experience spans decades in which he has worked on behalf of those who labor in Hawaii and gained valuable insights about the role employers play in solving workplace ...
Read More Governor David Ige Announces Nomination of Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Deputy Director

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today delivered his first State of the State address. The governor’s remarks focused on building a strong foundation for our island home. He called for a change in mindset that will propel the state government to higher levels of efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. A copy of Governor Ige’s address follows. ...
Read More Governor David Ige Delivers State of the State

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced the nominations of Carleton Ching to serve as Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Kekoa Kaluhiwa to the position of First Deputy. Ching has devoted much of his career to creating communities for Hawaiʻi’s residents. Early on he spent a decade with the Hawaiʻi ...
Read More Governor David Ige Nominates Chairperson and First Deputy to the Department of Land and Natural Resources

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced two key appointments to his cabinet. Doug Chin, local attorney and former managing director for the City and County of Honolulu, has been named Attorney General. Chin polished his litigation and leadership skills during his 12 years at the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney’s office. Chin is leaving his current ...
Read More Governor David Ige Announces Two Key Appointments

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced that he has accepted the resignation of Hermina “Mina” Morita from her position as chair of the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC). “For almost two decades, Mina has been the acknowledged leader in the state’s efforts to reduce dependency on imported oil and to develop local, renewable, and ...
Read More Governor Ige Lauds Outgoing Public Utilities Chair, Hermina ‘Mina’ Morita

HONOLULU — As a mark of respect for the late former state Rep. Alvin T. Amaral, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawaii shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard, from sunrise to sunset on ...
Read More Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former State Rep. Alvin T. Amaral