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Leading by example — that’s one of the reasons Vanessa Ching, the student activities coordinator at Ewa Makai Middle School, was named the state’s 2018 Teacher of the Year at a Washington Place ceremony Oct. 27. Whether it’s a “green” service project or an anti-bullying campaign, Ching’s work as the student activities coordinator at Ewa ...
Read More Hawai’i’s top teachers honored for their dedication

On Lāna‘i, the governor got a workout at the 24th Annual Turkey and Rice Giveaway last month, which provided food for every family on the island. Organizers Jim and Randy Coon of Trilogy Charter Boat Co. joined with Maui Hotel & Lodging, Young Brothers and Bank of Hawaii, along with other community organizations, to distribute ...
Read More The spirit of giving Lāna‘i style and for Hawai‘i state parks

They come from all walks of life, serve as volunteers and advise on decisions vital to the future of the state. Those are the governor’s appointees to more than 170 boards and commissions, officially sworn in during recent ceremonies. “Their service is a way for Hawai‘i citizens to have an active voice in government and ...
Read More Citizens provide a voice on boards

Highways and bridges . . airports. . . harbors. As the nation’s only island state, Hawai‘i needs to maintain these  vital arteries that many of us take for granted. This issue of Capitol Connection focuses on how Gov. David Ige and the state Department of Transportation (HDOT) are delivering on his promise to improve roadways, ...
Read More From the governor: Keeping Hawai’i moving on all fronts

Consider the numbers: 15 airports, 10 commercial harbors, 2,500 miles of highway and 2,600 employees. That’s the Hawai‘i  Department of Transportation (HDOT).  Now add the airlines, shipping companies, big and small local businesses and thousands of residents who want to know when their road is going to be fixed. Welcome to HDOT’s world. For the ...
Read More Teamwork at the state’s Department of Transportation

What has the Ige administration accomplished so far in transportation? Aging infrastructure is being addressed, and state     Department of Transportation officials say the proof of progress is in some of the milestones reached in the last few months  for highways, airports and harbors. “We know more needs to be done, but I do feel good ...
Read More Making progress: HDOT counts the ways statewide

From a broken-down storage shed to a place of hope — that sums up the success story of the Family Assessment Center in Kaka‘ako, which celebrated its 1st anniversary Oct. 3. The event brought together Gov. Ige, members of his homelessness leadership team, legislators and officials from the state’s Department of Human Services and Catholic ...
Read More FAC: A year of providing hope to homeless families

Take a roomful of talented young coders. Match them with state departments who want to improve services. Then give them a month to produce practical solutions the state can actually use to benefit the whole community. The result is — drumroll, please — the Hawai‘i Annual Code Challenge (HACC), the brainchild of Governor Ige, and ...
Read More Local tech talent shines at Hawai’i Code Challenge

                  Governor Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige affirmed Hawai‘i’s long-standing relationship with Japan and the Philippines in visits last month to promote cultural, economic and education exchanges. Mrs. Ige traveled to Hiroshima Oct. 2 to represent the state in commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hawai‘i’s sister ...
Read More State builds goodwill in Hiroshima and the Philippines