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The innovative, collaborative and promising pilot project deals with substance abuse, homelessness and low-level crime KONA, Hawaiʻi – Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) has come to Hawaiʻi Island, on the heels of early successes on Oʻahu and Maui. The pilot project, which received $650,000 in ʻOhana Zone funding from the State, launched Thursday in Kona. ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR’S COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS — News Release — Big Island’s LEAD program begins with hope

HONOLULU –  Young adults with disabilities had a golden opportunity to highlight their skills and land their first jobs at the state’s second annual Reverse Job Fair at the Hawai‘i State Capitol Tuesday. The 77 candidates stationed at individual booths had the chance to meet with human resource representatives from 93 local companies, state, city ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – State’s second annual Reverse Job Fair brings potential employers to young adults with disabilities at the State Capitol

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige appointed former prisons director Ted Sakai to the new Hawai‘i Correctional System Oversight Commission. He joins three other commissioners — retired judge Ronald Ibarra (appointed by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald), Mark Patterson (appointed by Office of Hawaiian Affairs chair Colette Machado), and Michael Town (appointed by Sen. President Ronald Kouchi). ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige appoints former prisons director Ted Sakai to new corrections oversight commission

HONOLULU – In his capacity as acting governor, Lt. Gov. Joshua Green issued a sixth supplementary proclamation that extends the disaster emergency relief period for homelessness across the state. The purpose of the emergency proclamation is to accelerate the completion of housing projects for individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness. It also ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Emergency relief period extended for homelessness

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige will be attending Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony and related events in Japan this week. The governor is one of seven Japanese-Americans who have been invited to the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday, Oct. 22 (Japan time). The list of invited Japanese-American guests is as follows: From Washington, ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Governor Ige travels to Japan for enthronement ceremony

Link to photos here. Link to video here. For Immediate Release Oct. 19, 2019 Kualapuʻu, Hawaiʻi – Hawai‘i’s first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, together with state and non-profit partners, has launched the ʻOhana Readers program on Molokaʻi. ʻOhana Readers is a literacy program that focuses on reading with family. The program will offer high-quality, age-appropriate Imagination ...
Read More Governor’s Office – News Release – First lady Dawn Amano-Ige launches ʻOhana Readers early literacy program on Molokaʻi

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed Judge Kelsey Kawano to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit (Maui). The judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of Circuit Judge Joseph E. Cardoza in June 2019. Kawano currently serves as deputy chief judge and district judge at the District Court of ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige appoints Kelsey Kawano to Maui’s Circuit Court

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 Governor’s Office – Flag Directive – Flags to fly at half-staff in memory of U. S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings

HILO – The site of the old Hilo Memorial Hospital will serve people once again, thanks to $2.5 million in ʻOhana Zone funds from the state. The Keolahou shelter and assessment center had a “soft” opening on Monday, Oct. 14, and a formal opening and blessing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8. When the facility ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR’S COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS — News Release — Keolahou shelter offers another resource to address homelessness on Hawaiʻi Island

Link to photos here. HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced three nominations for the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). All three nominations are subject to confirmation by the Senate. “These nominees represent a balanced and broad spectrum of experience and bring diverse points of view to the Land Board. All share a ...
Read More Governor’s Office – News Release – Gov. Ige Announces Three Nominations for Board of Land and Natural Resources