ABOUT THE GOVERNOR

Josh Green, M.D.

Governor Josh Green is a proud husband, father, and physician. For the past 20 years, Governor Green cared for Big Island families as a doctor. He served in the State House of Representatives and the State Senate from 2004 to 2018. As chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, he passed “Luke’s Law,” which provides care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as tobacco and e-cigarette regulations, which increased the legal age for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21. Passionate about housing solutions, Governor Green helped create “Kauhale” communities to get unsheltered veterans, kūpuna, and others into safe housing options. These efforts are ongoing and will continue to be one of his top priorities as Governor.  Governor Green expanded the role of Lieutenant Governor by spearheading the largest healthcare response in state history during the COVID pandemic. These critical emergency efforts resulted in Hawaiʻi having the nation’s lowest COVID-19 fatality rate. 

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4 days ago

Today we announce the resolution of the Navahine v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation constitutional climate case. The settlement agreement, which the court has approved, acknowledges the constitutional rights of Hawaiʻi’s youth to a life-sustaining climate and confirms the commitment by HDOT to plan and implement transformative changes of Hawaiʻi’s transportation system to achieve the state’s goal of net-negative emissions by 2045.

The passion demonstrated by these young people in advocating for a healthy, sustainable future for their generation and those to come, is laudable. This settlement informs how we as a state can best move forward to achieve life-sustaining goals and further, we can surely expect to see these and other youth in Hawaiʻi continue to step up to build the type of future they desire.
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4 days ago

Office of the Governor Press Conference:
ANNOUNCEMENT ON NAVAHINE CLIMATE LITIGATION
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This June, we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community with pride. There is always work to be done, but we are proud to share that Hawai‘i has been rated one of the safest places for our LGBTQIA+ community.

Our residents and policymakers have long been making steady progress toward equity and nondiscrimination, and we hope to see this kind of aloha spirit grow, moving forward.

Join us in celebrating Pride Month this June. Let us continue working together to prove ourselves as a place of acceptance and tolerance, where diversity is always celebrated. It is our kuleana to ensure Hawai‘i is a welcoming space for everyone. Happy Pride!
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Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery and the enduring spirit of African Americans. In Hawai‘i, we honor this day by reflecting on our diverse heritage and reaffirming our dedication to equality and justice for all communities. Together, we build a brighter, inclusive future. ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

Mahalo to all of you for making the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC) an extraordinary success. As we gathered last night for the closing ceremony at the Stan Sheriff Center, we reflected on the incredible 10 days we have shared, celebrating the rich cultural heritage, diverse traditions, and unique artistry of our Pacific Islands. Hosting this festival has been a tremendous honor for Hawaiʻi, and witnessing the unity and collaboration among our Pacific family has been truly inspiring.
 
The spirit of FestPAC was palpable throughout the festival, with local families, visitors, and 500,000+ participants engaging in events both in-person and virtually. Your enthusiasm and dedication to preserving and sharing our cultures have been awe-inspiring. This festival has not only showcased the best of Pacific culture, but has also fostered deeper connections and understanding among our islands. The spirit of aloha, collaboration, and cultural curiosity that we have cultivated here will undoubtedly continue long after today.
 
While the festival itself is ending, we now embark on new beginnings, forged in new friendships and a shared sense of respect and common purpose. Thank you all for making this festival an unforgettable celebration of our Pacific heritage. May your journeys home be safe and filled with the spirit and knowledge we have shared during FestPAC.
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