Governor Ige has kept his promise by promoting economic diversification and policies that support growth.

  • Has maintained Hawai‘i’s global position as a leader in the tourism arena, providing jobs and a stable and growing economy.
  • Reduced future costs of state pension and health care benefits by making annual required contributions at the beginning of the fiscal year, and allowing investment of these payments for a higher return to the trust fund.
  • Achieved a AA+ bond rating creating lower interest rates on state loans for important projects such as construction of new public schools and renovation of aging public facilities.
  • Started construction on an airport modernization plan that includes improvements to the Maui, Molokai, and the new $1.1 billion Diamond Head Concourse at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for passenger, airline and business expansion.
  • Upgrading Honolulu Harbor with the construction of Kapalama Container Terminal, one of the most significant infrastructure projects invested by the state, ensuring efficient delivery of goods to residents on every island and providing stable waterfront and related employment opportunities.
  • Responsible fiscal practices resulted in Moodyʻs Analytics naming Hawai‘i as one of only 16 states nationwide with enough cash reserves to weather the ʻstress testʻ of another economic recession.
  • Started construction on the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility at Kahului Airport – the largest public works project in Mauiʻs history.
  • Helps new start-ups to develop innovation and initiatives that advances opportunities in research, technology and creative media to assist Hawai‘i’s goal of sustaining our economy and create better-paying jobs to encourage our younger generation and residents to remain in Hawai‘i.
  • Welcomed more air carriers to Hawai‘i including Jin Air, Scoot Airlines, and Southwest Airlines. Expanded routes from the U.S. mainland and Asia.
  • Installed 32 automated passport control kiosks at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport to provide a more efficient and pleasant international arrival experience.
  • Working to expand the U.S. Customs Pre-clearance Program to Narita International Airport (Japan) and Incheon International Airport (Korea).
  • Strongly supported the Hawaiian Telcom public-private partnership that laid transpacific undersea cable, giving a significant boost to internet speeds throughout the islands.
  • Supports the U.S. Military, crucial pillars of Hawai‘i’s economy, who provides more than 100,000 jobs and contributes over $12 billion to our economy.
  • Created the entrepreneurial Sandbox in Kaka‘ako, bringing start-ups together in a shared high-tech-think-tank environment.
  • Supports the Thirty Meter Telescope project for science advancement and future job creation while respecting concerns from Native Hawaiians.
  • Delivered free WI-FI at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, allowing visitors to access the internet and enhancing passenger service.