Capitol Connection

“How many wake-up calls do we need? The challenge is to save ourselves from ourselves.” — UH system student “Every college wants to graduate students who change the world, but let the UH system be the college that graduates students who save the world.” — Rebecca Tang, Kapi‘olani CC sustainability certificate graduate “Worry and hope. ...
Read More ‘Worry and hope’: Producing students to save the world

The phrase “Think global, act local” has taken on new meaning on Hawai‘i island with the launch of Ka‘u Dream, a community-driven resiliency project that is already attracting international attention. The hope is Ka‘u Dream will serve as an example of what can be accomplished in other communities across the state through education and economic ...
Read More Many hands helping Ka‘u Dream become a reality

“Cautiously optimistic” — that’s how Governor Ige, the mayors and health officials (along with the rest of us) are describing how we’re feeling right now about the pandemic. It’s a dramatic change from a few weeks ago when Hawai‘i saw soaring COVID-19 case counts because of the Delta variant. Hawai‘i is in a much better ...
Read More From the governor: ‘Cautious optimism’ for the road ahead

On Oct. 8, some good news arrived for UH sports fans, wedding and event planners and others looking forward to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. New Safe O‘ahu Response Plan guidelines were announced by Governor Ige and Mayor Rick Blangiardi that attempted to balance public health and leisure activities for a “new normal” life in ...
Read More New O‘ahu COVID rules and more fans in the stands

Governor Ige took advantage of a milestone at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA) to give the greenlight to non-essential travel for fully vaccinated residents and visitors. The occasion was the opening of the permanent Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility, which provides a second international entry point in addition to the Daniel K. Inouye ...
Read More At Kona airport, Gov. Ige gives OK for vaccinated travelers

All K-12 schools statewide — public, private and charter — are eligible to enroll in the Operation Expanded Testing (OET) program, in partnership with the state Department of Health. The school-based program provides COVID-19 testing at no cost to students. Tests are administered by school staff, and parents are provided with a link to the ...
Read More In the schools: COVID testing, vax planning for ages 5-11

How do you get the nations of the world to agree on ways to fight global warming? One major answer is the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Oct. 31- Nov.12 in Glasgow, Scotland. World leaders, such as U.S. President Joe Biden, will be there, along with governors from the U.S. Climate Alliance — including ...
Read More Governor taking Hawai‘i’s climate message to COP26

The state’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab (DCIL) is bringing together art and technology in a unique collaboration using NFTs or non-fungible tokens. NFTs are becoming a popular way to buy and sell digital assets like art, music, game items and videos. They are “non-fungible” in the sense they are one-of-a-kind tokens that show ownership of ...
Read More ‘NFT for Good’ to benefit local artists, community

Confidence in the state’s economy was reaffirmed by a record bond sale and favorable outlooks by three national credit rating agencies, Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. Money from the sale will be used to fund new and existing projects statewide, which in turn support Hawai‘i’s economy. “These are critical state construction projects, including schools, ...
Read More Record .88 billion in bond sales for projects statewide

If you want a chicken-skin moment and a glimpse of history, check out the new Washington Place website at https://washingtonplace.hawaii.gov/. Under the “Tours and Gardens” section, you’ll see a handwritten list by Queen Liliu‘okalani of the trees and plants at the residence  — a reflection of the home she loved. To revitalize the gardens and ...
Read More Nurturing a green legacy for Washington Place