Capitol Connection

As a little girl, First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige remembers passing the big white house on Beretania Street, wondering what was inside. “To have the opportunity to actually live on the property is just amazing,” she said. “Now, with COVID-19 case counts coming down, we have a chance to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Washington Place ...
Read More Celebrating 175th anniversary of Washington Place

Excerpts of the governor’s 2022 State of the State Address (to see the speech, go to https://fb.watch/aMfo3Kx1w9/) We’ve endured tremendous hardship over the last two years. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve sacrificed, delayed or cancelled so many of life’s cherished milestones. We’ve had to face shutdowns, restrictions of all kinds, and two variants that have changed ...
Read More A belief in Hawai‘i, its people and purpose

I believe everything begins with keeping us healthy and safe. Over the last seven years, we focused on modernizing our telehealth infrastructure, providing health services to underserved populations, and strengthening mental health services. In our pandemic response, we took immediate action to protect our health, provide healthcare for another 110,000 residents under our Medicaid program ...
Read More Protecting our health with expanded training, facilities

While we work to maintain our health, we must also strengthen our communities. To do that, we must first help our struggling families—to malama pono, make things right for them. It means making sure they can secure the very basics of food, shelter and jobs. That’s why our Department of Human Services developed online applications ...
Read More Strengthening the community with jobs, housing, $$

No community can be strong without taking care of their keiki—our future. Empowering our schools and enriching Hawaiʻi’s community of lifelong learners have always been among our top priorities. That’s why I’ve asked legislators to restore funds taken away during the pandemic — for programs so important to our children’s learning and for upkeep of ...
Read More Reinventing education – now and for the future

The real balancing act during the pandemic has been between the economy and our health. The fact is that keeping us safe—and making Hawai‘i a safe place to visit—is an essential step to restoring our visitor industry, reviving our small businesses, and re-energizing our economy. Our Safe Travels Program remains the only program of its ...
Read More Balancing community health and economic recovery

We cannot be a strong state without protecting the resources upon which we depend. That is also a part of being pono and making things right. At the heart of these resources is the environment. In Hawai‘i, we’re no strangers to the need to protect the environment. There’s a reverence for the ‘āina that goes ...
Read More Protecting the ‘āina and fighting climate change

In the first year of the pandemic, we were forced to cut over a billion dollars from the budget, with every state agency scrambling to find new ways to continue essential services to our residents. Describing our financial prospects back then as bleak would be an understatement. But we took the hard and necessary steps ...
Read More A positive outlook, a chance for new initiatives