Press Releases

January 25, 2019 Today’s agreement to temporarily re-open the federal government brings great relief to thousands of working families in Hawai‘i and across the country. I urge our lawmakers to work together to permanently reopen our federal government and keep our country running. ### Media Contacts: Jodi Leong Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary Office of the ...
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2019 State of the State Address by Governor David Ige Link to photos here HONOLULU – Gov. David Y. Ige today addressed the 30th Hawai‘i State Legislature, highlighting his proposals for Early Childhood Education, affordable housing and the Transit Accommodations Tax. The complete text is attached. ### Media Contacts: Jodi Leong Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary ...
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Link to photos and resumes here HONOLULU – – Gov. David Ige and Department of Public Safety (PSD) Director Nolan Espinda announced the appointment of Maria Cook as the Department of Public Safety deputy director for Administration. Cook will begin her new position, effective February 1, 2019. “Maria will bring valuable insight and experience to ...
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WHAT:                      State of the State address and post-address media availability            The Governor’s address will focus on: Early Childhood Education Affordable Housing Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) WHO:                        Governor David Ige WHEN:                      Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Media Availability to follow shortly after the conclusion of the State of the State address WHERE:                    ...
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Link to photos and resumes here HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed a new chairperson of the Board of Agriculture and a new director at the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Department of Agriculture Denise Albano has been appointed chairperson of the Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture, and Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser has been reappointed ...
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Link to photos and resumes here HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige made several appointments and re-appointments on Tuesday, Jan. 15, all subject to Senate confirmation: Audrey Hidano is re-appointed to serve as deputy comptroller at the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS), a position she has held since April 2015. Prior to joining DAGS, ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – Governor Ige makes deputy director appointments to DAGS, DLIR, Budget & Finance

Link to photos and resumes here HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay announced the following appointments on Monday, Jan. 14: Lynn A.S. Araki-Regan is appointed by Gov. David Ige as first deputy, Department of Transportation Administration. She was previously employed with the County of Maui, serving as the economic ...
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Link to b-roll here Link to soundbites here Soundbite log below HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige met with Board of Education chair Catherine Payne to discuss the vote that was taken in executive session on a one-year contract extension for Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto. “In the past, the practice of the board has always been ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release – Governor Ige, BOE chair set record straight on BOE vote to extend schools superintendent contract

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced that all state employees have successfully transitioned to a modern, efficient payroll system, transforming the way the state and its employees conduct business. On the first pay date of the year on Jan. 4, 2019, the PeopleSoft Payroll system issued 70,771 payments to 66,182 employees, as there are individuals ...
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Link to photo and resume here HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has designated James (Jay) Griffin as Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission chairman. Griffin was initially appointed to the commission in May 2017. Griffin previously served as chief of policy and research with the PUC. He was also assistant researcher and assistant specialist with the Hawai‘i ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige designates Public Utilities commissioner James Griffin as PUC chair