Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced the launch of the Hawaiʻi ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Savings Program, which allows eligible individuals with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their federal or state disability benefits. ABLE accounts are federally established and managed at the state level. “I encourage all Hawaiʻi residents with a qualifying ...
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HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige says he is pleased the National Governors Association (NGA) has selected Hawaiʻi for the second phase of its Workforce Innovation Network (NGA WIN), in which states will deploy cross-agency teams to identify and implement strategies that advance digital skill development and more equitable economic participation. Hawaiʻi will receive up to ...
Read More Office of the Governor: Hawaii to advance digital skill development for workers as part of NGA’s Workforce Innovation Network

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige leaves for Glasgow, Scotland tomorrow to attend the COP26 climate conference in progress, starting on Saturday, Nov. 6 (Glasgow time). World leaders, including President Joe Biden are participating in the climate conference, which began on Oct. 31. Gov. Ige will join heads of state, climate experts and others for perhaps ...
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HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed an Executive Order No. 21-08 today to address Statewide Limits for Social Gatherings, Restaurants, Bars, Social Establishments, and Gyms. The Executive Order specifies that indoor activity at restaurants, bars and social establishments must continue to require that patrons remain seated with their party, maintain six feet of distance between ...
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Please note the requirements for U.S. citizens flying directly to Hawai’i from an international destination are corrected in the copy below. This post was updated on 11/3/21 at 8:09 am. For video click here For photos click here HONOLULU – The State of Hawaiʻi will welcome international travelers under the new federal requirements starting next ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: State of Hawaiʻi aligns with federal international travel requirements

MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT:                     News Conference – International Travel/Safe Travels Hawaiʻi                 WHEN:                      Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. WHO:                       Governor David Ige with: Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara Sherilyn Kajiwara, administrator, Safe Travels Hawaiʻi DETAILS:                  Media questions will be taken through ZOOM, on audio only.  Please RSVP to [email protected] and include ...
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HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige issued a fifth proclamation related to heavy rains that caused major flooding, landslides and fear of dam failure in March 2021. The proclamation extends the disaster emergency relief period and supports the state’s efforts to provide quick and efficient relief of suffering, damage, and losses caused by the storm. This ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige extends disaster relief period for Maui, Kauaʻi storm

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced the State of Hawaiʻi is safely open to vaccinated residents and visitors who are traveling domestically and between islands for business or pleasure, starting Nov. 1. The governor made the announcement in Kona today, at the opening of the permanent Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility at the Ellison ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige gives the greenlight to non-essential travel for fully vaccinated residents and visitors

HONOLULU – At the direction of the President of the United States, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i, immediately ...
Read More Office of the Governor: Flags to fly at half-staff to honor life, legacy of General Colin Powell

HONOLULU – At the direction of the President of the United States, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag will be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i, ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige orders flags at half-staff in honor of National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service