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Big changes — and better affordable housing options — are coming to Kalihi. That’s the vision of Hakim Ouansafi, the executive director of the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority.  His vision changes what he calls a “failed formula” of putting poor people together in one run-down building. Instead, Ouansafi, his staff and consultants have developed plans ...
Read More Housing progress: On the threshold of change at HPHA

So what does it take to build more affordable housing for Hawai‘i?  By several accounts, it’s taken a governor sitting down with developers, affordable housing advocates and state housing agency leaders — all in one room — and acting on their advice to produce more units faster. From the start of his administration, Governor Ige ...
Read More Beyond a field of dreams: Making affordables real

Governor Ige, Department of Health (DOH) officials and area legislators broke ground last month for a long-awaited 144-bed psychiatric facility at Hawai‘i State Hospital for forensic patients sent there by the court system. In 2016, the Legislature supported the governor’s urgent request to build a modern facility that addressed the over-crowded patient conditions. “We’re well ...
Read More Breaking ground for mental health

Hawai‘i island residents and thousands of visitors to the Kona coast have reason to celebrate with the dedication of the newly widened stretch of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway — a project years in the making. The now four-lane scenic highway runs between Kealakehe Parkway and Keahole Airport Road. “The widening of the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway has ...
Read More Long-awaited Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway celebrated

New Wi-Fi hotspots — from Moloka‘i’s remote Kalaupapa area to bus stops and community gathering places — are now available on Kaua‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i and O‘ahu, with Hawai‘i island locations planned for implementation. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) has announced the first wave of free public Wi-Fi hotspots  will offer one hour ...
Read More New Wi-Fi hotspots available

Sustainability for our islands means a host of things: protecting our people and our environment, providing living wage jobs and affordable housing, and producing more of our own food with sustainable strategies. This issue describes some of the ways the governor and his administration are working with the community to take action — now and ...
Read More From the governor: What it will take to sustain Hawai’i

With the stroke of a pen, Governor Ige made Hawai‘i the first place in the world to ban the sale of sunscreens with the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, effective Jan. 1, 2021. At the signing ceremony, the governor said, “Our natural environment is fragile, and our own interaction with the Earth can have lasting impacts. ...
Read More Hawai’i becomes first to ban reef-damaging sunscreens

Bill signings may look like just ceremonial photo ops, but they represent the culmination of a long legislative process to provide meaningful change for the community. Governor Ige reviewed 228 bills from the 2018 legislative session for legal and policy implications, along with public input. “I take all of that into account and ask, ‘Is ...
Read More Bill signing: New laws from the hard work of many

FEMA individual aid approved

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 in Featured, Main

Persistence and determination at every level — from emergency response teams who went door-to-door to government officials who wouldn’t give up — paid off in getting federal aid to Kaua‘i and O‘ahu families hard hit by the severe floods. In a June 27 news conference, Governor Ige announced the president had approved the state’s appeal ...
Read More FEMA individual aid approved

“Farm to table” sounds fresh and appealing — like going to your nearest farmer’s market — but how many of us really know the hard work it takes to grow food? So when Governor Ige set doubling local food production as one of his administration’s goals, skeptics wondered, “Is that even possible?” The answer is ...
Read More Finding the game-changers for local food production