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.
  • 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).
  • Is the first Hawai‘i Governor to create “Hawai‘i’s Promise” with the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges, which eliminates the cost of college as a barrier to higher education. Hawai‘i's Promise provides financial assistance for low-income community college students to pay for tuition, books, supplies and transportation costs.
  • 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