Capitol Connection

Hawai‘i’s homeless population has decreased for the first time in eight years, according to the latest statewide survey. The annual Point in Time count – a census of people experiencing homelessness – showed a nine percent overall decrease in the number of homeless individuals across the state compared to the same period last year. The ...
Read More Governor says tide is turning for homelessness statewide

If you’re a Hawai‘i small business owner like Isabella Hughes and Harrison Rice, you know you need all the friends you can get. But what if that friend was the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT)? And what if they told you they could help you leverage your business globally — in ...
Read More First Japan-Hawai’i Economic Summit: Building bridges

Education. Affordable housing and homelessness services. Sustainability. The 2017 state Legislature appropriated funds for the governor’s priorities as well as for schools, highways, airports and harbors, and protection against invasive species. Among the items funded: • Early College High School program -$1M in each fiscal year to expand the program in high schools. • Hawai‘i ...
Read More 2017 legislative funding advances key state initiatives

One winner is helping young people overcome a troubled past. Another believes that school children need an inspiring place to learn. And one dedicated 15-member team protected Hawai‘i’s consumer interests in the proposed NextEra-Hawaiian Electric merger. They were among the top winners at the Governor’s Award Ceremony May 18, recognizing 19 teams, 18 managers and ...
Read More Outstanding state employees

The homeless count across the state dipped for the first time in eight years. The drop is significant – a nine percent decrease for 2017 over the same period last year. The annual Point in Time Count (link to summary)– a census of people experiencing homelessness – found 7,220 homeless individuals across the state, compared to ...
Read More State sees nine percent drop in homeless population

Since taking office two years ago, Governor Ige and his administration have taken action on multiple fronts to increase affordable housing and reduce homelessness. This issue of Capitol Connection looks at progress across the state and how groups are working together to make a difference on these long-standing issues. Q. What do you want people ...
Read More From the governor: Working together on the road to home

Whether it’s a studio rental or a home for a growing family, what can be done to provide more affordable housing across the state? Governor Ige wants folks to know he hears them and is taking action through public-private partnerships and improved financial tools to increase production. From O‘ahu and Maui county to Kaua‘i and ...
Read More Bridging the housing gap with partnerships, better tools

For the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness Scott Morishige and his small four-person team, homelessness is much more than numbers and a “Point-in-Time” count.  Homelessness has a face and a name. It’s Sims Santa Anna, who used to live on the banks of Kapalama Canal. Or Jodi Jennette Inks, whose home was on the slopes of ...
Read More Making progress: Breaking the cycle of homelessness

It was standing room only at the Kaua‘i Community Connection last month as Governor Ige and state department heads answered questions on everything from traffic and the environment to education and housing. “I’m here to listen to you,” the governor told the more than 300 residents. “We want to continue to work with the county ...
Read More Connecting on the Garden Isle

A rent with the option to purchase pilot project has resulted in 61 new homeowners on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and taken them off the waiting list. DHHL joined with Mark Development, Inc. to work directly with Hawaiian families who earned 60 percent or less of the area median income. Participants in the Kapolei ...
Read More New homeowners celebrate successful DHHL project