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Masks are cool, America. Just ask the Warner Bros. superheroes featured in the latest public service announcement on TV and social media. From Wonder Woman to Aquaman (thank you, Jason Momoa), the message from the Centers for Disease Control, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and the Ad Council is to “Mask Up, America ...
Read More Be a hero. Wear a mask.

How do you get buy-in from the entire state to make change happen?  Part of the answer, Governor Ige said in his State of the State address, is to enlist the help of virtually every sector of the community to identify opportunities created by the pandemic. “We want to take the priorities we’ve already established ...
Read More Setting the future in motion with Hawai‘i 2.0

It would be an understatement to say COVID-19 has changed everything — from work to school to travel to family bubbles. Who knew we would be online nearly 24/7, navigating websites, and Zooming while trying to stay safe and survive? The pandemic has shown us gaps and community needs we didn’t know were there. But ...
Read More The Broadband Hui: Bridging the digital divide

If we’ve learned anything in the pandemic, it’s that access to broadband — that digital superhighway — affects everyone. So how do we help people work or learn from home? One answer already in the works is a pilot project from the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) to help more people connect to the internet, ...
Read More Helping more people access the digital highway

Down-to-earth . . . a good listener . . . inspiring. Those are some of the impressions Hawai‘i’s First Lady, Dawn Amano-Ige, has of Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. President Joe Biden. Following a request from the White House, Mrs. Ige facilitated a virtual get-acquainted session with the First Spouses from the 50 states ...
Read More Connecting to the White House and Kekaha, Kaua‘i

Hawai‘i residents are being urged to download a free notification app to their smartphones to help control the spread of COVID-19. The app is intended to support  the state Department of Health’s contact tracing efforts by using Bluetooth technology to record interactions between other users of AlohaSafe. It can notify users if they have been ...
Read More DOH launches AlohaSafe to slow COVID-19 spread

“The key to reviving our economy remains tied to the health of our community.” Twelve months ago, we met in the House Chambers planning for what we thought would be a very bright and promising year. State revenues were at a high of $8 billion. Our unemployment rate was the lowest in the nation. And ...
Read More Hope for Hawai‘i and the road ahead

Alofa Nua ran a small tire shop on O‘ahu with his wife Tanya, working seven days a week. He was young, healthy and full of life. Last March, he began feeling ill and developed a fever.  That’s when he got tested for COVID-19. He thought it was just the flu, but he was wrong. A ...
Read More A story of survival and healthcare heroes

It was a year that changed life as we knew it. Most significantly, it was a time when we lost so many—family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors—all precious and irreplaceable. That’s why our most important responsibility right now is to protect the health and well-being of everyone in Hawai‘i. We will continue to take the ...
Read More Hawai‘i meets the public health challenge

Hawai‘i went from having the lowest unemployment rate to having one of the highest in just a few weeks. That’s why we have paid out more than $4 billion in unemployment benefits during the pandemic. That’s why distributing the federal CARES Act funds was a priority. We are grateful for the assistance of the Senate ...
Read More Providing for families, housing beyond the pandemic