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Despite the pandemic, the Hawai‘i Housing and Finance Development Corporation has continued work on affordable housing — one of Governor Ige’s top priorities. We achieved our initial goal of building 10,000 new homes by 2020. In 2020 and 2021, HHFDC has been actively involved in 29 housing construction projects statewide, which are expected to deliver ...
Read More State forges ahead on building, keeping people housed

Reimagining tourism for local communities and visitors – In the face of new COVID-19 variants like Omicron, Hawai‘i’s Safe Travels program remains more important than ever. Since the pre-travel testing program launched in October 2020, more than 8.3 million travelers have used the platform. It’s part of a multilayered strategy to protect the health of ...
Read More Reshaping our economy and the careers ahead

Galvanizing the local creative industry – During the pandemic with people hunkered down at home, demand for online entertainment skyrocketed. Hawai‘i became one of the safest spots in the world to film. DBEDT’s Creative Industries Division and the Hawai‘i Film Office worked with unions and producers to create “The Safe Way Forward,” a plan with ...
Read More New tech opportunities in a Hawai‘i 2.0 future

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation has been an essential part of the state’s COVID-19 response — from helping to improve the travel experience at airports and making sure goods kept flowing through the state’s harbors to keeping highways in good repair throughout the state. Of major significance are the several modernization projects completed this past ...
Read More Investing in infrastructure for an enduring legacy

After decades of relying on antiquated, paper-based systems, the Ige administration has modernized many government operations across multiple state departments to better serve the public. The Department of Taxation’s (DoTAX) new software upgrade is more user-friendly, more secure and speedier. DoTAX also went after noncompliant vacation rentals, collecting $33.7 million in taxes, interest and penalties. ...
Read More Modernizing state government for better public service

In a pandemic, what kind of help matters most? For First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, the answers have been food for families and books for children. The reach of Kaukau 4 Keiki and ‘Ohana Readers — two of the projects she championed over the past year —   has been impressive. But what’s even more gratifying, she ...
Read More Nourishing families, keiki in ways that matter

Public schools welcome back students – The smiles said it all as students, teachers and staff finally returned in person to campuses statewide. The DOE worked closely with the DOH to ensure public schools could reopen safely. Many schools launched student vaccination efforts and provided case counts for parents and the public. All students received ...
Read More Schools, colleges stay strong for a new generation

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces the planned reduction of the speed limit on Kamehameha Highway (Route 83) between the highway’s intersections with Pali Highway (“Castle Junction”) and the Halekou Interchange (onramp to northbound H-3). Effective from the installation of new speed limit signage on Jan. 3, the speed limit in the ...
Read More DOT News Release: SPEED LIMIT ON KAMEHAMEHA HIGHWAY BETWEEN CASTLE JUNCTION AND HALEKOU INTERCHANGE WILL BE REDUCED

HONOLULU – COVID-19 testing is continuously being conducted in the state prisons and jails as well as in the contracted Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, AZ. The latest testing updates received for the correctional facilities are as follows: Oahu Community Correctional Center – 10 inmate test results: two (2) positive, eight (8) negative. Halawa Correctional Facility ...
Read More PSD News Release: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY COVID-19 UPDATE