Governor Ige honors, respects, and promotes Native Hawaiian culture and sustainability.

  • Honoring our heritage. Respects and supports the Native Hawaiian community's ongoing efforts for self-determination.
  • Provided the highest level of funding to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in the state's history -- $24 million - more than double the amount of any previous Governor.
  • Securing funds for housing and development. Ensured that additional CIP funds can be committed to supporting housing and infrastructure development for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands' beneficiaries.
  • Advocating for their rights. Fought for Native Hawaiians and OHA's co-trustee position to help manage the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
  • Valuing Hawaiʻi's culture. Awarded $31 million in federal grants for Native Hawaiian programs through the University of Hawaiʻi system and partnered with Kamehameha Schools to advance Hawaiian language and culture.
  • Preserving Hawaiʻi's language. Launched the Hawaiian Language Immersion pilot program that evolved and now celebrates 30 years of cultivating Hawaiian language speakers.