Press Releases

The innovative, collaborative and promising pilot project deals with substance abuse, homelessness and low-level crime Lihue, Kauaʻi – Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) has arrived on Kauaʻi, the latest island to launch the nationally recognized arrest diversion program. The pilot project, which received $650,000 in ʻOhana Zone funding from the State, launched recently in Lihue. ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR’S COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS — News Release — Kauai’s long-awaited LEAD program is underway

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige is traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada this week to attend the Western Governors’ Association’s (WGA) Winter Meeting. The governor’s active participation in the WGA allows issues of importance to Hawai‘i to be discussed and elevated on the national level. The governor will take part in key sessions on cutting edge ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige to advance Hawaii issues at Western Governors’ Association Winter Meeting in Nevada

Fitch Ratings Report HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced that Fitch Ratings upgraded the state’s general obligation (G.O.) bond rating (credit rating), from AA to AA+ — based on the state’s resilient economy and continued strong performance. The upgrade, along with current ratings from Moody’s Investors Service (Aa1) and Standard & Poor (AA+) raises Hawai‘i’s ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Hawaii’s credit rating upgraded to highest levels in state history

I join in solidarity with the people of Hawai‘i as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting. Details are still emerging as security forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam investigate. The White House has reached out to offer assistance from federal agencies, and the state is ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – Statement by Gov. David Ige on Pearl Harbor shooting

HONOLULU –  Gov. David Ige has appointed Craig Hirai as the director of the Department of Budget and Finance, effective Dec. 16, 2019. Hirai has served as executive director of the Hawai‘i Housing Finance & Development Corporation (HHFDC), State of Hawai‘i since 2013. He is also the sole member of Craig K. Hirai, CPA, LLC. ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Gov. Ige selects HHFDC director to head Budget & Finance Department

HONOLULU –  Gov. David Ige has appointed Jovanie Domingo dela Cruz as executive director of the Office of Community Services (OCS) at the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR). The appointment is effective Dec. 2. Mr. dela Cruz has served at OCS since 2013 as a program specialist, program administrator and most recently as ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige appoints Labor Department employee to head Office of Community Service

WHAT: NEWS CONFERENCE: Governor Ige announces support for Hawai‘i DOE’s proposal to tackle teacher shortage through pay increases In an effort to tackle Hawai‘i’s teacher shortage, Gov. David Ige, the Hawai‘i State Board of Education (BOE) and the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) are working together to implement bold retention and recruitment strategies. Phase ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – Media Advisory – News Conference – Governor announces support for Hawaii DOE’s proposal to tackle teacher shortage

HONOLULU – Acting Gov. Josh Green today issued an 11th supplementary emergency proclamation, extending the emergency relief period for last year’s Kaua‘i floods. The proclamation extends authority to spend state funds as appropriated to protect the health, safety and welfare of Kaua‘i residents and visitors. The proclamation supports the state’s efforts to provide quick and efficient ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Emergency proclamation extended for last year’s Kauai floods

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, together with the Washington Place Foundation, are inviting the public to a special Christmas Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019. Christmas trees and holiday decorations will be on view throughout Washington Place, and walk-through docent tours will be offered. ...
Read More Governor’s Office – News Release – Public invited to a Washington Place Christmas on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige will be leaving the state to spend time with family on the mainland, departing Honolulu today and returning on Nov. 30. While the governor is traveling, Lt. Gov. Josh Green will serve as acting governor. ### Media Contacts: Jodi Leong Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary Office ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige to travel out of state

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