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When we’re knee-deep in day-to-day issues, it’s hard to think about the future. Yet that’s the challenge for state departments and the governor as they balance needs to move forward on long-term goals. This edition provides updates in two key areas — affordable housing, including Hawaiian Home Lands projects, and local food production — to ...
Read More Staying focused on affordable housing, local ag

  From turn-key homes to vacant lots for maximum flexibility, the state’s Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is ramping up its offerings to beneficiaries. Among them were 16 lots on Lānaʻi and 15 lots within the Kakaina subdivision in Waimānalo. “Waimānalo is a place where there is great beneficiary demand in relation to how much ...
Read More More options available for DHHL beneficiaries

The future of affordable housing — and Governor Ige’s goal of 10,000 new units by 2020 — just got brighter in Kapolei with a groundbreaking recently for a second phase of Kulana Hale, a $130 million senior and multifamily apartment community. The first tower, reserved for seniors 55 and older, is set for completion in ...
Read More Kulana Hale: Affordable rentals for families, seniors

For most of us, increasing local food production sounds like a great idea — especially because the state imports about 85 percent of the food we eat. But how do we grow food on a scale big enough to make a difference? On a recent visit to agriculture operations in Kunia and Mililani, Governor Ige ...
Read More Growing ag: Farming for the future in Central O’ahu

“Giving our youngest children an opportunity to love reading is one of the best ways we can contribute to a child’s future success in school and life.” — First lady  Dawn Amano-Ige Moloka‘i families with young children will soon be receiving free books in their mailboxes every month, thanks to a project announced recently by ...
Read More ‘Ohana Readers to launch for Moloka’i’s youngest keiki

In 2069, a group of citizens will gather around a sealed metal box — the State Time Capsule —to reveal community artifacts and letters from Governor Ige and former President Barack Obama as sons of Hawai‘i. A ceremony to mark the sealing of the capsule drew the governor and Mrs. Ige, government leaders and members ...
Read More Marking time for the future

Few issues in recent memory have been more controversial for Hawai‘i than the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project. As people weigh in on all sides, Governor Ige continues to believe that respect for Mauna Kea can be reconciled with astronomy and that Native Hawaiian culture and modern science can work together to benefit the whole ...
Read More Finding a way forward on Mauna Kea, TMT

From its initial site selection in 2009 to the notice to proceed in July 2019, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea has undergone unprecedented legal and community scrutiny. The process involved numerous public hearings, court appeals, and, finally, a 2018 Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruling that upheld a Conservation District Use Permit approved by ...
Read More Findings and conditions for the TMT to proceed

Among Native Hawaiian TMT supporters are a grandfather and his grandson who want to encourage others to show support for the project and astronomy in Hawai‘i. The grandfather is Oliver Crowell, a Kamehameha Schools alumnus interviewed by KGMB’s Hawaii News Now. Crowell said he knows of many Native Hawaiians who support TMT but are reluctant ...
Read More The ‘silent majority’ speaks out

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo has been doing groundbreaking work to integrate modern science and indigenous culture since the center first opened in 2006. Recently, Hawaiian immersion students and teachers, working with ‘Imiloa, have garnered their own share of global attention. Their program aims to make Hawai‘i the first place in the world to ...
Read More ‘Imiloa: Sharing Hawai’i’s legacy of exploration

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