Capitol Connection

How do a state — and a nation — move forward on the toughest of issues? The answers lie in the laws we enact and the actions we take to resolve differences and address common concerns. This edition of Capitol Connection highlights several legislative bills Governor Ige recently signed into law and looks ahead to ...
Read More From the governor: Local leaders tackle tough issues

In the past two months, Governor Ige has joined with legislators and advocates to sign into law dozens of bills that affect virtually every segment of the community, including measures that advance the governor’s major initiatives in housing and homelessness, sustainability and education. The signing ceremonies represent the culmination of often years of work by ...
Read More New laws to move forward on state’s key issues

We’ve all heard the advice about two-week supply kits, family emergency plans and prepping for possible hurricane damage. But how many of us are taking the advice seriously? As the head of Hawai‘i’s Emergency Management Agency, Tom Travis worries about that as much as the next hurricane or tsunami alert. “The foundation on which emergency ...
Read More HI-EMA urges residents to prepare, stay vigilant

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I • The governor also signed three bills supporting various UH programs: HB 1547 (Act 264), appropriating $4 million for UH Mānoa and UH Hilo student athletes, operations and team travel. HB654 (Act 265) funds UH Cancer Center research on the high incidence of liver and bile duct cancer in Hawai‘i. SB1418 (Act ...
Read More Support for UH programs, new stadium development

The rich history and personal stories connected to Washington Place — the home of Queen Lili‘uokalani, Hawai‘i’s last reigning monarch, and several governors — will come alive in a new 21st century way starting this month. An app that can be downloaded on SmartPhones and iPads will help people interact with history in the palms ...
Read More Students help history come alive at Washington Place

Hawai‘i’s Department of Human Services (DHS) director Pankaj Bhanot has received national recognition for bringing a multigenerational approach to state services. Bhanot was named the Outstanding Member of the Year by the American Public Human Services Association. Bhanot has risen through the ranks of DHS and has dedicated his 20-year career to making life better ...
Read More Bhanot earns national honors

Registration has begun for Hawai‘i LifeSmarts, a free program that prepares students to become smart, savvy consumers. Students in grades 6-12 compete in five key areas: personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology and consumer rights and responsibilities. The junior varsity competition for grades 6-8, which is entirely online, opens Oct. 21 and closes ...
Read More DCCA’s LifeSmarts looking for teams

Moving forward together — ‘Oni Like Kākou  — is more than a convenient catchphrase. It’s Governor Ige’s basic belief for how we can make progress as a community — whether it’s restoring Hā‘ena on Kaua‘i after devastating floods, finishing   a new airport facility on Maui or building more affordable rentals for working families. This issue ...
Read More Working together for the best community solutions

Construction is expected to begin this summer on Hawai‘i island’s Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea following the Hawai‘i Supreme Court’s decision in October 2018 to uphold the Conservation District Use Permit approved by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources in 2017. At a June 20 news conference, Governor Ige announced the ...
Read More State issues notice to proceed for TMT project

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