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              2018 was a year of progress and challenge — from pushing ahead on the Ige administration’s top priorities to responding to natural disasters on multiple islands. At his Dec. 3 inauguration, Governor David Ige called for unity and common purpose as he embarked on his second term. He ...
Read More Moving Forward Together: ʻOni Like Kākou

State praised for coordinated response to 2018 natural disasters – Governor Ige and a multitude of state, county and federal agencies and volunteers mobilized to provide support as thousands of residents rebuild their lives after Hurricane Lane, devastating floods and the Kīlauea eruption. From Hawai‘i Department of Defense emergency evacuations, temporary shelters and FEMA relief ...
Read More Rapid responses to hurricanes, floods and a volcanic eruption

Homeless count down for second year in a row – Hawai‘i’s homeless count decreased almost 10 percent statewide — from 7,220 in 2017 to 6,530 in 2018. “This validates our Housing First approach, which directs resources to programs we know work,” said Governor Ige. He also has initiated plans to use $30 million in funds ...
Read More Reduced homelessness with better solutions

Affordable projects underway statewide –The Pacific Business News reported 16 of the 23 local housing projects underway statewide in 2018 were affordable rentals and for-sale units built with state-assisted financing. The Ige administration is on track to reach its goal of 10,000 housing units completed by 2020, with the majority of affordable rentals at 60 ...
Read More More housing for Hawai’i families

“As the only island state in the nation, we know climate change is real,” said Governor Ige. “Through the U.S. Climate Alliance of governors, states like Hawai‘i are stepping up to reduce global warming since our nation’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord. We’re showing the nation and the world that ambitious climate action is achievable. ...
Read More Taking action for sustainability and biosecurity

Growing local, buying local – The state’s Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is moving on several fronts to double local production by 2020. This includes doubling the state’s agricultural inventory to over 2,500 acres of former pineapple and sugar plantation land, working with farmers to increase production and food safety and guarding against invasive species. The ...
Read More Advancing local food production and green energy

How do we prepare our children for the future?  “We need more than a one-size-fits-all model,” said the governor. “That’s why we are implementing a new blueprint for public education, empowering schools and investing in educational leaders who can transform the way they teach their students.” The governor authorized $500,000 for the DOE to implement ...
Read More Transforming education for the 21st century

“The next great economic transition for Hawai‘i will be driven by innovations enabled by technology. Our geographic isolation is no longer a deal breaker.”  — Governor David Ige HTDC breaks ground for Entrepreneurs’ Sandbox in Kaka‘ako – The Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation’s (HTDC) Sandbox, to open in July 2019, is an innovation center where people ...
Read More Growing an innovation economy with global reach

Progress on Kahului CONRAC, Diamond Head Concourse and Southwest Airlines – The Kahului Airport Consolidated Rental Car (CONRAC) facility is on track to open next year. Electric trams will transport arriving passengers to their vehicles, not fossil fuel buses. Long-awaited $1.1 billion improvements are proceeding at the Daniel K. Inouye’s Diamond Head Concourse. Also, new ...
Read More Modernizing airports, highways and harbors

Started construction of a new Hawai‘i State Hospital facility – In August 2018, Governor Ige, legislators and state officials broke ground for a new 144-bed secure forensic psychiatric facility to improve mental health care in our community. Prevention of opioid misuse – A Hawai‘i Medication Drop Box program has been launched at police stations statewide ...
Read More Improving health, human services, public safety and consumer protection

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