Office of the Governor Press Releases

For video click here For photos click here HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today said the State of Hawaiʻi allocated all the $1.6 billion received last May, from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The ARPA funds were  to be used for emergency response stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID resulted in a global ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Gov. Ige releases list of ARPA Coronavirus State Federal Relief Fund expenditures

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has nominated Kailua resident Aimee Keliʻi Barnes to replace Dr. Samuel Gon III on the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). Barnes’ nomination is subject to Hawaiʻi Senate approval, though she begins serving immediately. Barnes is currently the principal of Hua Nani Partners, a small, woman-owned consulting practice that ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige nominates Aimee Keli‘i Barnes for State Land Board

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation to temporarily suspend the statutory requirement for the annual initial impaneling of grand juries by January 15. The temporary suspension gives the courts more time to safely enlist grand juries amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the State of Hawaiʻi. The proclamation will remain ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: COVID-19 surge prompts suspension of initial impaneling requirement for grand juries

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation temporarily suspending an upcoming provision in Hawaiʻi’s Sunshine Law that would have mandated at least one in-person location be held for public meetings. Act 220, SLH 2021, which was passed and signed by the governor earlier this year, allows meetings to be conducted remotely, while ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige signs emergency proclamation, allows virtual public meetings to continue as COVID-19 cases rise

Link to News Conference Slides Link to Photos Link to Video HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige unveiled his Executive Supplemental Budget for 2021-23, requesting that the Hawaiʻi State Legislature continues to support crucial programs that aim to ease current challenges facing the State of Hawaiʻi. The state budget is the single most important document developed ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige’s budget calls for increased funding for pandemic response, critical services

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi National Guard cancelled today’s ceremony marking the drawdown of the Hawaiʻi National Guard Joint Task Force (HING JTF) that supported COVID-19 response. The decision to cancel the ceremony and to reestablish the HING JTF was made by Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, the adjutant general for the State of Hawaiʻi as the ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Hawaiʻi National Guard Joint Task Force to be reestablished as COVID-19 cases increase

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige will attend the Western Governors’ Association 2021 Winter Meeting in Coronado, California on Dec. 9 and 10. Gov. Ige will join other western governors in discussions about significant issues facing the region. Special guests delivering keynote addresses include U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Chairman of the Federal Energy ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige to attend Western Governors’ Association Conference in California

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 on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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 News Release: Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Robert J. Dole

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) officials are coordinating with county and federal partners to prepare for and respond to impacts from the Kona Low weather system currently moving across the State of Hawaiʻi. “This storm has the potential to cause major flooding, landslides, road closures and damage to homes. ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige urges residents to ready for heavy rain and help neighbors prepare for rising waters, flooding