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Just when we thought we had seen the worst of an already tough year, Hawai‘i has been hit with the Omicron variant and O‘ahu’s challenges with the Navy’s Red Hill fuel tanks. But crisis after crisis, when it mattered most, government agencies and the community found solutions. We forged ahead with the Ige administration’s priorities ...
Read More From the governor: Hope, challenges for the future

When it comes to the pandemic, it’s no small thing to say “Lucky you live Hawai‘i.” We still have one of the nation’s lowest COVID-19 mortality rates, a high vaccination rate and a community willing to take precautions to keep people safe. During this time, DOH mobilized a broad pandemic response that’s been called among ...
Read More Health Department: Leading the way to keep people safe

Throughout the pandemic, the Department of Land and Natural Resource’s work has been both front and center and behind-the-scenes, but its goals remain the same: to protect Hawai‘i’s people and natural resources. Together with the state’s energy and planning offices as well as legislative support, Hawai‘i achieved in 2021 a record number of “firsts” that ...
Read More Land and Natural Resources: Protecting the islands we love

DHS extends lifelines for individuals and families – For those hardest hit by the pandemic, the state Department of Human Services (DHS) met the major surge in demand to ensure people had access to food, healthcare and childcare. This included a 32% increase in Medicaid enrollees since March 2020. The program now provides coverage for ...
Read More Meeting pandemic challenges to help families survive

Despite the pandemic, the Hawai‘i Housing and Finance Development Corporation has continued work on affordable housing — one of Governor Ige’s top priorities. We achieved our initial goal of building 10,000 new homes by 2020. In 2020 and 2021, HHFDC has been actively involved in 29 housing construction projects statewide, which are expected to deliver ...
Read More State forges ahead on building, keeping people housed

Reimagining tourism for local communities and visitors – In the face of new COVID-19 variants like Omicron, Hawai‘i’s Safe Travels program remains more important than ever. Since the pre-travel testing program launched in October 2020, more than 8.3 million travelers have used the platform. It’s part of a multilayered strategy to protect the health of ...
Read More Reshaping our economy and the careers ahead

Galvanizing the local creative industry – During the pandemic with people hunkered down at home, demand for online entertainment skyrocketed. Hawai‘i became one of the safest spots in the world to film. DBEDT’s Creative Industries Division and the Hawai‘i Film Office worked with unions and producers to create “The Safe Way Forward,” a plan with ...
Read More New tech opportunities in a Hawai‘i 2.0 future

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation has been an essential part of the state’s COVID-19 response — from helping to improve the travel experience at airports and making sure goods kept flowing through the state’s harbors to keeping highways in good repair throughout the state. Of major significance are the several modernization projects completed this past ...
Read More Investing in infrastructure for an enduring legacy

After decades of relying on antiquated, paper-based systems, the Ige administration has modernized many government operations across multiple state departments to better serve the public. The Department of Taxation’s (DoTAX) new software upgrade is more user-friendly, more secure and speedier. DoTAX also went after noncompliant vacation rentals, collecting $33.7 million in taxes, interest and penalties. ...
Read More Modernizing state government for better public service

In a pandemic, what kind of help matters most? For First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, the answers have been food for families and books for children. The reach of Kaukau 4 Keiki and ‘Ohana Readers — two of the projects she championed over the past year —   has been impressive. But what’s even more gratifying, she ...
Read More Nourishing families, keiki in ways that matter

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