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It’s easy to talk about governing; it’s much harder to “walk the talk” and make the tough decisions on the community’s most pressing issues— whether it’s in education, the economy and jobs, affordable housing or the environment. As Governor Ige embarks on his second term, this edition covers timely issues, school progress and working together ...
Read More From the governor: Moving the state forward together

In a long-awaited decision, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court has affirmed the state Board of Land and Natural Resources’ decision to issue a construction permit for the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. “We’re pleased the court carefully weighed all the varied and passionate testimony about TMT,” said Governor Ige. “We believe this decision ...
Read More Hawai’i Supreme Court upholds permit to build TMT

Protection of Central O‘ahu’s vital water resources. New outdoor recreation opportunities. Improved habitats for native species, many o them endangered. Those are some of the benefits of a $15.2 million land acquisition involving federal, state and private sector partners. Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) director Suzanne Case said, “This area is a treasure. ...
Read More State acts to protect critical watershed and recreation lands

To advance a cause he described as “near and dear to his heart,” Governor Ige signed a bill to increase computer science education and teacher training in the schools, HB 2607 (Act 51). “I want to thank the legislature and our private sector partners for helping us ensure our students can succeed in a 21st ...
Read More Advancing computer science for DOE students statewide

She’s been on the job for a little over a year, but DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto has already faced some tough issues — from the recent debate over a constitutional amendment for more school funds to stricter anti-bullying policies and keeping students safe during the Kīlauea eruption and record floods. What have been the most ...
Read More Fighting for better schools and more teacher pay

If you want to find hope for our state’s future, try spending some time with the 2019 District Teachers of the Year. They were honored Oct. 26 at Washington Place by Governor and Mrs. Ige, DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto and community officials at the Hawai‘i’s 2019 Teacher of the Year ceremony. The rousing cheers for ...
Read More Teachers from across the state honored for their dedication

From a nationwide first-place ranking in innovation to nurturing the next generation of coders, Hawai‘i is gaining recognition through the state’s Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS). The office is helping deliver on Governor Ige’s promise to make government more transparent, efficient and effective. To do that, ETS and chief information officer Todd Nacapuy have ...
Read More Building a future in technology for the next generation

They’re young, bright, tech savvy and the state’s hope for the future in a digital age.  That’s the next generation of coders who turned out for the 2018 Hawai‘i Annual Code Challenge (HACC) Nov. 10 at the East-West Center. Conceived by Governor Ige, the event is coordinated by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services in ...
Read More 2018 HACC winners focus on sustainability goals

Much-needed housing for working families and seniors. Long-delayed projects finally underway to help communities. Improved facilities and rehabilitation programs to help people turn their lives around. Governor Ige and his team have shown they’re willing to tackle long-standing issues to make life better for Hawai‘i’s people. This edition takes a look at the real progress ...
Read More From the governor: Tackling tough issues, opportunities for housing, OCCC

To meet growing local demand and Governor Ige’s goals to help local residents, more affordable housing is coming online each month for working families and seniors in Hawai‘i. Recent projects include Kulana Hale in Kapolei, a mixed use complex of affordable rentals, and Kaiwahine Village for families in Kihei, Maui. Both projects are for those ...
Read More More affordable housing breaks ground statewide

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