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With the stroke of a pen, Governor Ige signed SB 559 into law (Act 032) — making Hawai‘i the first state to enact legislation that implements portions of the Paris climate agreement. The ceremony in the Capitol rotunda included legislators, county mayors and their representatives, famed Hōkūleʻa navigator Nainoa Thompson, department heads and environmentalists. “Hawai‘i ...
Read More Hawai`i leads nation on Paris climate accord support

Jobs, climate change and standing firm on island values — now and for the future. This issue of Capitol Connection discusses the governor’s vision for Hawai‘i’s 21st century job growth, the state’s leadership in support of the Paris climate accord, Hōkūleʻa’s historic homecoming, and the issues he considers in signing bills into law. Q. Why ...
Read More From the governor: Charting a course for jobs, Hawai`i values

The good news is Hawai‘i’s job market has never been better for someone looking for work. That’s according to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. “We’re projecting growth in nearly all major industries, including construction, hospitality, education and health services, trade, transportation and utilities,” said DLIR director Linda Chu Takayama. So what are ...
Read More DLIR: ‘Hot jobs’ and future growth

The picture you see on High Technology Development Corporation’s (HTDC) home page reads, “Welcome home, Brian Dote.” The site tells the story of how local folks found jobs that brought them home to Hawai‘i. That’s what Gov. David Ige envisions for kama‘aina: a way to reverse the “brain drain” and develop an innovation economy that ...
Read More Making an innovation economy real for Hawai`i

Hurricane season has arrived, and the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) recommends residents prepare an “emergency kit” of a minimum of 14 days of food, water and other supplies. The season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. HI-EMA increased its recommendation from seven to 14 days, based on the experience of other states. “Depending ...
Read More Residents urged to prepare for hurricane season

Governor Ige, Japan Airlines and the state Department of Transportation have announced JAL’s return to Kona International Airport on Hawai‘i Island. The new service is in addition to JAL’s current flights between Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Honolulu. The new daily flights are set to begin on Sept. 15, 2017. “Japan Airlines has offered continuous service ...
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Controlling rose-ringed parakeets On a recent trip to Kaua‘i, Governor Ige signed House Bill 655 aimed at reducing the rose-ringed parakeet population. “They’re one of the most widespread invasive species on the planet,” he said. “They’ve had a tremendous impact on the island.” The bill appropriates $75,000 to the Department of Land and Natural Resources ...
Read More New parakeet bill and DLNR app to protect isle resources

Hōkūle`a Homecoming

Posted on Jun 21, 2017 in Featured, Main

Remarks of Governor David Ige June 17, 2017 at Magic Island Aloha.  It is such an honor and privilege for me to be here today. On behalf of the state of Hawai‘i, I would like to welcome and congratulate the beautiful voyaging canoes, Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia back to our island shores.  Congratulations! Congratulations to all those ...
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 Remarks of Governor David Ige as prepare December 7, 2016 in Waikiki Aloha! I just wanted to welcome all of you visitors who came from around the country to honor the bravery and courage of those who were at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago today. Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to ...
Read More Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade and Public Ceremony

Since taking office two years ago, Governor Ige and his administration have taken action on multiple fronts to increase affordable housing and reduce homelessness. This issue of Capitol Connection looks at progress across the state and how groups are working together to make a difference on these long-standing issues. Q. What do you want people ...
Read More From the governor: Working together on the road to home