Capitol Connection

Governor Ige has signed three bills that support the LGBTQ+ community on a multitude of levels. The bills are HB 2405, which prohibits insurance providers from excluding gender affirming treatments when they are medically necessary; SB 2136, which ensures that gender identity or expression can’t be a reason for excluding a citizen from jury service; ...
Read More Supporting the LGBTQ+ community to prevent discrimination

The 50th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark federal civil rights law in education co-authored by former Hawai‘i Congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink, was celebrated June 23 near her statue at the Hawai‘i State Library. The event, coordinated by UH and local women’s organizations, was attended by Governor Ige, First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, Supreme Court Justice ...
Read More Title IX’s 50th anniversary: a milestone for equality

Governor Ige has signed HB 1848, establishing freedom of speech and press protections for student journalists in Hawai‘i’s public schools and at the University of Hawai‘i. It also protects student advisors from retaliation for refusing to censor student journalists. “One of my administration’s goals has been to provide students with the tools they need to ...
Read More Student journalists protected

Schools may be on break, but options for families abound — whether it’s access to nutritious meals, storytimes, or tips on activities right in our own backyards. First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige wanted to recognize Gavin Tsue, principal at Palisades Elementary School, for implementing a Jump Start Breakfast option in one of his classrooms. She had ...
Read More ‘Seamless Summer’ and ‘Oceans of Possibilities’

When he took office, Governor Ige asked the same question as everyone else: What will it take to build more affordable housing in Hawai‘i?  Acting on the advice of industry leaders, his administration streamlined the system and provided the financing tools to make projects feasible — and still affordable for the average person. Now, with ...
Read More From the governor: More housing for Hawai‘i’s people

The signs are all around us as COVID-19 case counts climb and the state Department of Health is keeping a close eye on hospitalizations. Health director Dr. Libby Char told the Star-Advertiser’s “Spotlight Hawai‘i’ last month that there’s “an awful lot of COVID in the community” and “We’re seeing the numbers take off again.” Part ...
Read More DOH urges caution as COVID-19 cases rise statewide

The right housing can change lives.  Just ask some of the thousands of local folks  who have been able to find housing they can afford in Hawai‘i during the past eight years. More affordable housing projects have been coming online every month for local residents — from seniors and working families to young, career-focused singles ...
Read More A pipeline of affordable units over the past 8 years

The housing outlook for local residents is looking a lot brighter than it did eight years ago — and not only because of this year’s significant appropriations from the state legislature. The transformation started in 2015 when Governor Ige brought together a working group of builders, nonprofits and housing advocates to address the state’s housing ...
Read More Affordable housing: Transforming spaces, changing lives

Don Collier, paralegal – “Having this unit means a lot to me.  I’ve lived in ‘Aiea all my life and commute to work downtown on the bus. It takes about an hour each way. I’ve been renting a studio, but there are no windows and it’s really hot. The house where I’ve been living in ...
Read More Home, sweet home at Hale Kālele