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More low-income families will receive crucial nutritional support, thanks to a federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) bonus of $660,422  awarded to the state’s Department of Human Services’ Benefits, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD). DHS director Rachael Wong said Hawai‘i’s program placed among the top six in the nation for timeliness of applications. She ...
Read More Department of Human Services awarded 0,422 SNAP bonus

It was one year ago this month that I took the oath of office as your governor. My administration has been working hard to improve services and plan for the future. This list provides some first steps on the road ahead as we find ways to move Hawai‘i forward. • Housing & homelessness – A ...
Read More From the Governor: The View from Here, December 2015

Hawai‘i’s pivotal role in the Pacific was the focus of a business and diplomatic mission to Japan and China last month by Gov. Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige. The trip celebrated a 30-year sister state relationship with Okinawa and Guangdong Province and included a delegation from the Department of Business and Economic Development and ...
Read More On a Mission: Governor and First Lady Strengthen Hawai‘i’s Asia Connection

Maui schools Kalama Intermediate School and Lokelani Intermediate School have become the first in the state to receive free digital tablets for every student through the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program directed by the nonprofit Digital Promise. Gov. Ige commended the Maui schools’ selection for the coveted program and Verizon’s willingness to challenge students and ...
Read More Closing the digital divide in our schools

Thomas Kahalu Lee, Jr. knows what it means to be a “Wounded Warrior.”  He lost his right leg above the knee in Iraq but not his commitment to return to serve his island home. Lee, 40, is the governor’s new military affairs liaison, a position created by the Legislature last session to assist with community ...
Read More Thomas Kahalu Lee, Jr., new Military Affairs Liaison

Capitol Connection November 2015

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 in Main

Everyone has seen the headlines and the photos of families huddled among rows of tents. So what is the state doing to remedy the situation — and how fast can it happen? Gov. Ige has made it a priority by hiring Scott Morishige as the new state coordinator for homelessness, giving him a bigger staff, ...
Read More Tackling homelessness in Kaka‘ako and statewide

Maximize space. Accelerate placement. Find ways to help families and others into shelters or transitional housing. Those are the immediate priorities of Scott Morishige, the governor’s new coordinator on homelessness and a man on a mission. He and his team are trying to stay ahead of the sidewalk sweeps, helping folks take advantage of available ...
Read More Scott Morishige, new State Homeless Coordinator

Remarks of Governor David Ige as prepared September 24, 2015 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom Introduction Former Governor Ariyoshi, Consuls General Misawa, Paik, Robinson, Director General Chow, and distinguished guests, it’s an honor for me to be here today to celebrate Japan’s relationship with the United States – and in particular the special ...
Read More Japan-America Society of Hawaii 39th Annual Dinner Speech

Remarks of Governor David Ige as prepared August 3, 2015 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center Aloha and welcome to the Hawaiian Islands. We’re pleased to host the 2015 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union. It’s been over 25 years since the United States hosted this event, and it’s the first time the General Assembly has convened ...
Read More Governor Ige’s Remarks at the International Astronomical Union