Capitol Connection

If ever there’s a time for Hawai‘i to pull together, it’s now. To reach the benchmarks for lifting travel and other restrictions, to help businesses thrive, to get people back to work and seeing family and friends — all of that hinges on more residents getting their COVID-19 vaccinations. The #HIGotVaccinated campaign is reaching into ...
Read More From the governor: Getting vaccinated to reach our goals

By the time you read this, Hawai‘i could be nearing the goal of 60% of the population being fully vaccinated. And to keep the momentum going, coordinators have announced a new round of prizes, including cash, that will start July 12 and run through Aug. 20. More #HIGotVaccinated prize winners will be announced through the ...
Read More #HIGotVaccinated announces winners, extends campaign

In the midst of a tight housing market, two projects are moving forward to help both kūpuna and veterans. The first is the Halewai‘olu Senior Residences in Chinatown, which will provide more than 150 senior low-income households — age 62 and up — with one or two-bedroom units. The state’s Hawaii Housing Finance and Development ...
Read More New senior housing, veterans home groundbreakings held

The clean energy partnership between Hawai‘i and Okinawa was reinforced recently with the renewal of a joint Memorandum of Cooperation between Governor Ige and Governor Yasuhiro Tamaki of Okinawa. The agreement acknowledges their shared interests in developing energy technologies to fight climate change and support clean energy growth. “Sharing information and learning from each other ...
Read More Hawai‘i – Okinawa Clean Energy partnership renewed

Sometimes what matters most in a society is how we treat each other. Values supporting social justice and protecting the most vulnerable were the foundation for a series of bills signed into law last month by Governor Ige. He praised the efforts of legislators and advocates for recognizing “members in our community who have endured ...
Read More New laws to promote social justice and protect others

The state’s ocean resources are now better protected with Governor Ige’s signing into law nine bills to mark World Oceans Day June 8. They ranged from criminalizing the intentional killing of sharks in state waters to generating new revenue through tourism for ocean stewardship projects. “The ocean is our greatest connector,” said the governor. “It ...
Read More Governor signs bills to protect Hawai‘i’s ocean resources

Thousands of keiki in Hawai‘i’s rural areas will have easier access to healthy food this summer, thanks to the new “Kaukau 4 Keiki” program launched last month. The partnership of government, private and community partners is providing weekly breakfast and lunch meal kits for children with zip codes starting with 967—statewide. Families can receive weekly ...
Read More Kaukau 4 Keiki, World Oceans Day and ‘Ohana Readers

If you’re unemployed or looking for a more promising career, the new Hana Career Pathways is offering free training for in-demand jobs in Hawai‘i. The state’s Workforce Development Council partnered with UH community colleges and others to win the three-year, $13.3 million federal grant — awarded to only eight states in the nation. The program ...
Read More Hana Career Pathways offers free training for skilled jobs

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