In 2069, a group of citizens will gather around a sealed metal box — the State Time Capsule —to reveal community artifacts and letters from Governor Ige and former President Barack Obama as sons of Hawai‘i. A ceremony to mark the sealing of the capsule drew the governor and Mrs. Ige, government leaders and members of the public who made suggestions for what could best represent life in Hawai‘i as we know it today. The ceremony was part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the State Capitol, chaired by Sen. Brian Taniguchi.
Governor Ige said his letter shared “our collective vision for a sustainable Hawai‘i,” addressed to the 2069 governor of the state. “It’s a vision we have worked so hard to launch: a Hawai‘i more resilient and more self-reliant,” he said. The governor encouraged everyone “to continue to create a vibrant economy; transform our schools; develop new, clean energy technologies; create new agricultural opportunities; new housing solutions; and revolutionary transportation options. Together, we can shape our own destiny and create a better future for everyone.”