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First it was devastating floods on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu. Then the 6.9 earthquake and Kīlauea eruption on Hawai‘i island, with red-hot lava and toxic fumes threatening residents in Lower Puna. Governor Ige has been on the ground to work with county officials, reassure communities, and move quickly on disaster declarations and recovery efforts. A Presidential ...
Read More Governor moves decisively on disaster response

Music soared through the Capitol rotunda May 18 as hundreds of civic leaders and ordinary citizens paid tribute to the beloved late U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka. The ceremonies began with a morning processional at the state Capitol and continued into the evening with a prayer service and the following day with a celebration of life ...
Read More A moving ‘Celebration of Life’ for Senator Daniel Akaka

The everyday heroes who provide the services Hawai‘i’s citizens have come to expect — and who work to make things better for all of us — were honored at the May 23 Governor’s Employees of the Year event. “All of the individuals and teams being recognized have selflessly given of themselves to enrich the lives ...
Read More Outstanding state employees honored for public service

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 ...
Read More From the governor: Urgency into action for Hawai’i’s future

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 ...
Read More Governor, state mobilize recovery efforts after storm

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 ...
Read More Rising tides: Call to action in statewide climate report

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 ...
Read More Governor signs historic ‘Our Care, Our Choice’ legislation

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 ...
Read More Protecting the ‘fabric of our forests’ key to survival

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 ...
Read More Restoring lives with Kupu

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 ...
Read More Finding the balance: OEQC and the Environmental Council

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