Capitol Connection

“Sustainability, in its broadest sense, touches every aspect of our lives. It’s housing, jobs, education, the environment and our people’s well-being. I believe if we work together as a community we can achieve our goals.”                                                                                                                                             ...
Read More A Sustainable Hawai’i: What it means for us

Restored vital routes hit by natural disasters – The state Department of Transportation completed major repairs to keep people on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu safe from future flooding and rockfalls. On Hawai‘i island, HDOT opened major roads damaged by the Kīlauea eruption and seismic activity. Reduced carbon footprint for energy, cost savings – HDOT’s energy-efficient systems ...
Read More Investing in infrastructure for the future

UH system developing workforce in high-demand areas – From health care to cybersecurity, the 10 UH campuses are training people for the state’s greatest needs. UH Mānoa students’ on-time graduation rate has doubled in the last decade, and its graduate programs have received national recognition. 2019 HACC provides innovative solutions for government challenges – Nearly ...
Read More Education, jobs for an innovation economy

Saving coral, sustaining water for everyone – It’s easy to take for granted the reefs that surround us and the water that sustains us. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), working with many stakeholders, initiated the Coral Pledge to prevent further damage to this fragile ecosystem. Equitable water supplies for renewable energy, ...
Read More Protecting the ‘āina and our communities

More locally grown food for schools, other state programs –The DOE’s ‘Aina Pono, farm-to-school program and the new farm-to-state program for local correctional facilities are building a network to increase island food production. The state Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is producing more timely information for local farmers to help in doubling the state’s food production. ...
Read More Growing local ag to sustain us

More partnerships for family, child welfare and early learning – State departments and the Executive Office on Early Learning are working together to improve programs and resources for keiki and families, with help from the National Governors’ Association and other grant funding. Kupuna Caregiver participation increased – More working caregivers received financial assistance for support ...
Read More Improving community health, well-being

Highest credit rating in Hawai‘i’s history – The state’s credit rating has been upgraded from AA to AA+, based on the state’s resilient economy and continued strong performance. This means potentially millions of taxpayer dollars saved on interest payments and better positions the state for the next recession, reducing the need to raise taxes or ...
Read More Better use of taxpayer dollars

How do you measure progress? Sometimes it’s marked in headlines, other times with milestones that are under the radar. This issue recaps some major advances by the governor and his team over the past few months in housing, homelessness, infrastructure, sustainability and education. As we head into the holiday season, Governor and Mrs. Ige send ...
Read More Measuring progress in milestones statewide

New administrative rules to expand housing options for Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries have been signed by Governor Ige after two years of being developed. The new rules will expand residential lease offerings to include multifamily housing, along with rental and Kūpuna opportunities. An affordable rental project in Mōʻiliʻili is planned to be the first developed ...
Read More New DHHL rules to help beneficiaries on waitlist

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