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From dealing with volcanic eruptions and devastating floods to pushing ahead on the state’s top priorities — the past few weeks have tested the resilience and determination of Hawai‘i’s citizens and the Ige administration. This edition highlights the governor’s focused approach to handling big issues and managing the threats of recent natural disasters. Q. What ...
Read More From the governor: Protecting Hawai’i, today and tomorrow

Affordable housing and homelessness. Education, the economy and the environment. All of Governor Ige’s top priorities for budget funding received support in the 2018 legislative session. “We have alignment on 90 percent of our priorities,” said Governor Ige. He added that careful financial management by his administration, combined with the robust economy, made the appropriations ...
Read More Governor’s state priorities win 2018 legislative support

The numbers are encouraging, the tents are fewer, and yes, there’s still plenty of work to be done. Those closest to the challenge know that’s the human reality of homelessness. Are we seeing progress? Governor Ige and state homelessness coordinator Scott Morishige say news from the latest Point-in-Time count shows statewide efforts launched three years ...
Read More Homelessness survey shows coordinated efforts paying off

Three years ago, Governor Ige appointed Scott Morishige to be the state homelessness coordinator at a time when the Kaka‘ako encampment was at its largest, a legislator had been assaulted there, and some shelters were 50 percent empty. “As a community, we had a lot of work to do. The governor made addressing homelessness a ...
Read More Housing strategies get results for homelessness

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