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From the governor: Urgency into action for Hawai’i’s future As the only island state in the nation, Hawai‘i is already feeling the impact of climate change. It’s part of our everyday reality in the face of “king tides,” sea level rise and threatened watersheds and shorelines. The good news is the Ige administration is turning ...
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From Hāʻena, Wainiha and Kōloa on Kaua‘i to Waimānalo and Niu Valley on O‘ahu, the scenes are devastating: flooded homes, businesses and farmlands, knee-deep mud and floating debris everywhere. In the hardest hit areas on Kaua‘i, residents and tourists boarded Hawai‘i Air National Guard, Army and county helicopters to evacuate since many places were isolated ...
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More extreme high tides and record high levels of flooding. . . eroding shorelines, coral bleaching and threatened watersheds and native forests. The Ige administration is taking climate change seriously. In fact, the recent “Hawai‘i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report” from the state’s Climate Commission should be required reading for everyone. The report ...
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Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, mentally capable, terminally ill people with six months or less to live will have the option to take prescription medication that enables them to die peacefully in their sleep. That is the result of Governor Ige signing into law the “Our Care, Our Choice” Act on April 5. “It is time ...
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Every time you reach for a glass of water, think about what it took to get it to you. That’s the plea from the staff at the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and their watershed partners. Fresh water is something most of us take for granted, yet without it our communities couldn’t ...
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Restoring lives with Kupu

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in Featured

Governor Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige joined leaders from non-profit Kupu and its community partners at a groundbreaking last month for a Green Jobs and Community Center at Kewalo Harbor. The $6 milllion project will transform the former state-owned “net shed” into classroom space, meeting rooms and a commercial kitchen. “We are not just ...
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Accountability. Fairness. Maintaining a balance between conservation and economic development while getting public feedback. That’s the mission of Hawai‘i’s Environmental Council and the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) under the Ige administration. The Environmental Council is a citizen-led volunteer group appointed by the governor to act as a link between the public and the ...
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This month 12 exceptional Waipahu High students will be the first in the state to graduate with their associate in arts college degrees — before they even receive their high school diplomas. That feat by the Early College “Olympians” is a testament to their own determination and the success of a program that has expanded ...
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A crowd of well-wishers and book lovers, including Governor Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, key area legislators and community supporters, turned out April 14 for the grand opening of the long-awaited $15.5 million Nānākuli Public Library last month. “I am confident this library will serve as the heart of our community, providing keiki through ...
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Sometimes the best decisions come when people work together to find solutions. That was the case on Kaua‘i and Maui when the subject was water and the key stakeholders resolved to find solutions to water allocations without years of contentious court battles. “It totally took Governor Ige’s and this administration’s focus on resolving water issues ...
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