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Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, mentally capable, terminally ill people with six months or less to live will have the option to take prescription medication that enables them to die peacefully in their sleep. That is the result of Governor Ige signing into law the “Our Care, Our Choice” Act on April 5. “It is time ...
Read More Governor signs historic ‘Our Care, Our Choice’ legislation

Every time you reach for a glass of water, think about what it took to get it to you. That’s the plea from the staff at the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and their watershed partners. Fresh water is something most of us take for granted, yet without it our communities couldn’t ...
Read More Protecting the ‘fabric of our forests’ key to survival

Restoring lives with Kupu

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in Featured

Governor Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige joined leaders from non-profit Kupu and its community partners at a groundbreaking last month for a Green Jobs and Community Center at Kewalo Harbor. The $6 milllion project will transform the former state-owned “net shed” into classroom space, meeting rooms and a commercial kitchen. “We are not just ...
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Accountability. Fairness. Maintaining a balance between conservation and economic development while getting public feedback. That’s the mission of Hawai‘i’s Environmental Council and the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) under the Ige administration. The Environmental Council is a citizen-led volunteer group appointed by the governor to act as a link between the public and the ...
Read More Finding the balance: OEQC and the Environmental Council

This month 12 exceptional Waipahu High students will be the first in the state to graduate with their associate in arts college degrees — before they even receive their high school diplomas. That feat by the Early College “Olympians” is a testament to their own determination and the success of a program that has expanded ...
Read More Waipahu High Early College ‘Olympians’ first to earn degrees

A crowd of well-wishers and book lovers, including Governor Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, key area legislators and community supporters, turned out April 14 for the grand opening of the long-awaited $15.5 million Nānākuli Public Library last month. “I am confident this library will serve as the heart of our community, providing keiki through ...
Read More Community celebrates opening of Nanakuli Public Library

Sometimes the best decisions come when people work together to find solutions. That was the case on Kaua‘i and Maui when the subject was water and the key stakeholders resolved to find solutions to water allocations without years of contentious court battles. “It totally took Governor Ige’s and this administration’s focus on resolving water issues ...
Read More For Kaua’i and Maui, landmark decisions on water issues

New solar farms in 2019

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in Featured

The state’s goal of producing 100 percent clean, renewable energy for electricity generation by 2045 took a major step forward in January as NRG Energy broke ground for three solar farms on O‘ahu. The partnership with Hawaiian Electric Co. and Kamehameha Schools and others is expected to produce enough new electricity to power 32,000 homes. ...
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School loyalties run deep in Hawai‘i — from small-kid time to the University of Hawai‘i system. As a proud graduate of Pearl City High School and UH Mānoa, Governor Ige has made education a top priority throughout his legislative career and now as governor. This issue of Capitol Connection highlights some of the progress and ...
Read More From the governor: Education, the key to the state’s future

The numbers are chilling: 500 domestic violence and sexual assault survivors seek help every day in Hawai‘i. To drive home the point, the governor joined with the Hawai‘i Says NO MORE coalition and the Women’s Legislative Caucus to raise awareness of the crisis throughout the state. Hawai‘i says NO MORE is part of a national ...
Read More Hawai’i says ‘NO MORE’ to assault and violence

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