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A Kaua‘i solar farm project that uses Tesla batteries to store enough power to serve 4,500 homes during peak night hours is helping the state reach its goal of having 100 percent of its electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2045. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative project, working with SolarCity and Tesla Energy, is believed ...
Read More Harnessing the sun: KIUC project called first in nation

“Our natural world is a gift with limits. We must carefully steward this gift if we are to survive together.”  — Governor David Y. Ige Clean drinking water seems as simple as turning on the tap. Hawai‘i’s beaches and coral reefs still look inviting. Invasive species feel like a distant threat.  But as many have said, ...
Read More Creating a Sustainable Hawai’i begins with all of us

What does it take to fight invasive species? Often it means an army of ordinary citizens, working hand in hand with government, attacking one bug, one weed at a time. That was the message from a recent ceremony at the state Capitol honoring statewide Invasive Species Heroes who have fought to control alien pests on ...
Read More Progress statewide: ‘Invasive Species Heroes’ honored

At the recent NGA conference, Governor Ige was the first state governor to attend a meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. “We have to take bold, meaningful action if future generations are to benefit from this resource,” said the governor. “In our Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative, we have committed to effectively managing 30 percent ...
Read More Coral reefs under stress: Solutions and how you can help

Our Hawai‘i — like nowhere else on Earth. We say it and live it every day. We’re the most diverse, the healthiest state, but we still have a host of challenges. This issue of Capitol Connection focuses on Gov. David Ige’s Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative and the progress we’re making, the National Governors Association conference in ...
Read More From the Governor: Protecting what’s special about Hawai’i

School empowerment and innovation aren’t just buzzwords. They’re part of Gov. David Ige’s long-held belief that our school system needs to direct more resources to those closest to the students. That’s why education is his priority in the state’s 2017-2019 biennium budget. “Improving education pays dividends for everyone in Hawai‘i,” says the governor. “The students’ ...
Read More ‘Education is at the heart of our future,’ says governor

The national Milken Educator Awards have been called “the Oscars of education” and come with a $25,000 cash prize. But this year’s winners say the real reward happens every day in their classrooms. This year’s winners, who were surprised at school ceremonies last month, impressed the Milken Family Foundation with their innovative lessons in science, ...
Read More Two Hawai’i teachers honored with Milken awards

Early College is an innovation that works. That seems to be the takeaway, based on success stories, data points and, most of all, the heartfelt words of the students in the program and their proud parents.  They call the program “life-changing” because it offers students a way to save money on college courses and build ...
Read More Early College provides head start on college degrees

Empowerment and innovation go hand in hand. Just ask Waipahu High School’s student Early College “Olympians” who are on their way to college degrees. Or the Milken award-winning teachers who empower their students through creative, innovative projects. Or the budding entrepreneurs at UH and in the Department of Business and Economic Development and Tourism business ...
Read More Empowerment and innovation: The future starts here

For some of us, “high tech” sounds like something nerdy people do while the rest of us just try to survive with the same old, whatever we’ve always done routine. Except that’s not the age we’re living in or the world where the next generation of students will find careers. From digital technology and creative ...
Read More Kama’aina bring tech talents back home