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The mountains of paperwork . . . the armies of clerks manually entering salary numbers for every pay period. For the past 50 years, thousands of state employees from every department have depended on an antiquated paper-based process to be paid. The good news: The system has been transformed since Governor Ige made modernizing the ...
Read More At last, a modern state payroll system to improve services

Attention, all computer programmers, software developers and tech innovators who want to improve state government: The next Hawai‘i Annual Code Challenge (HACC) kicks off Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. at the East-West Center. The event is open to students, amateurs and professionals with the most outstanding solutions eligible for cash prizes and consideration for ...
Read More ‘Code Challenge’ to launch Oct. 20

A new tool available for the first time to anyone who wants to know about state- and county-owned lands in Hawai‘i was launched recently by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. Called the Public Land Trust Information System (PLTIS), the centralized, web-based inventory can be found at https://pltis.hawaii.gov. DLNR director Suzanne Case said ...
Read More Who owns this land? New DLNR website has some answers

From real progress on affordable housing to airport modernization, a new state hospital facility, a long-awaited Hawai‘i island highway, and new projects such as free public Wi-Fi hotspots across the islands, the Ige administration is committed to creating change for the better. The governor says, “These changes prove we can move forward as a community ...
Read More From the governor: Creating lasting change for Hawai’i

              After days of Hurricane Lane anxiety, Hawai‘i was more than ready to celebrate and welcome home the Honolulu team that won the Little League World Series Championship on Sunday. And what a welcome it was: cheering crowds, glowing praise from Governor David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and ...
Read More Hawai’i’s Little League World Champions return home to cheering crowds

From free unlimited Wi-Fi to more retail and restaurant space and renovated restrooms, the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is in the midst of a transformation as the state’s busiest airline hub. Wi-Fi upgrades and other major improvements are also underway for airports on the neighbor islands. The Wi-Fi is available through Boingo Wireless, which ...
Read More Transforming Hawai’i’s airports for a better experience

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