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  • Read Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s First State of the State Address

    · By The Civil Beat Staff

    Mister Speaker, Madame President, former governors, distinguished justices of the courts, representatives of our congressional delegation, members of the Hawaii State Legislature, other elected officials, honored guests, family and friends,


    I am honored to be here today to deliver my first State of the State address. It is, of course, a homecoming of sorts with so many familiar faces and friends. Yet there is one major difference since I last sat among you:

    I am a year older with a few more grey hairs.

    To say that the last month has been an

  • Health Department Flouts Law Calling for Online Access to Care Home Reports

    · By Nathan Eagle


    That was Wendy Silverthorne’s first reaction when she learned this week that the Hawaii Department of Health has blown its deadline to start posting online the inspection reports of more than 1,600 long-term care facilities.

    The Kailua native inadvertently became the poster child for the issue two years ago when a handful of state lawmakers, government officials and advocates for the elderly began their uphill battle to force the department to change its longstanding policy of requiring the public to file a formal written request to view

  • Ige Picks New State Labor, Communications Directors

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Hawaii Gov. David Ige has chosen Elizabeth Kim to head the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and Cindy McMillan to be his communications director.

    Elizabeth Kim, Gov. David Ige’s newly appointed head of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

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    The two picks, which he announced in a news release Monday, are the latest to round out his Cabinet. The governor has yet to appoint an Attorney General and a handful of others, but has said he plans to by the end of January.


  • Hawaii Media Outlets, Nonprofits Ask Ige to Improve Government Transparency

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Nearly two dozen Hawaii media outlets and nonprofit organizations have come together to start a dialogue with Gov. David Ige’s administration about government transparency and accountability issues.

    Brian Black, the executive director of The Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest and the organizer of the effort, delivered a jointly signed letter to Ige’s chief of staff, Mike McCartney, on Friday.

    The letter asks Ige to speak out strongly in favor of government transparency in light of a rising public demand for openness and “increasing public

  • Governor Announces Six More Cabinet Members

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Gov. David Ige on Wednesday named six more people to his Cabinet and two deputy directors, all of whom are subject to Senate confirmation.

    Ige, who was sworn in Monday, tapped Wes Machida to serve as his budget and finance director, replacing Kalbert Young, who is expected to become the chief financial officer of the University of Hawaii system.

    Machida had served under Gov. Neil Abercrombie as the head of the Employees’ Retirement System, the state’s $14 billion pension fund.

    Wes Machida, executive director of the Employees’ Retirement System, speaks during an interview

  • David Ige Inauguration: Introducing Hawaii’s Eighth Governor

    · By Nathan Eagle

    David Ige was sworn in as Hawaii’s eighth governor on Monday following a patriotic ceremony that culminated in a 19-cannon salute reverberating through the Capitol halls.

    Standing on a stage with Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, Ige introduced himself to the hundreds of people seated in the open-air rotunda.

    “My name is David Ige,” he said.

    “You laugh at that introduction and smile. I think because some of you may find the gesture unnecessary. But I find it quite appropriate. After all an inauguration is really an introduction of a new

  • Final Preparations Underway Before Ige’s Inauguration

    · By Nathan Eagle

    The normally empty open-air rotunda at the Capitol was quickly filling up with people Monday morning for David Ige’s swearing-in ceremony.

    The longtime state lawmaker is set to become Hawaii’s eighth elected governor at noon. 

    An estimated 2,000 chairs have been set up along with a stage where Ige and his lieutenant governor, Shan Tsutsui, will take their oaths of office.

    Chairs in the Hawaii Capitol rotunda are starting to fill up as people rehearse before the crowds arrive for David Ige’s inauguration ceremony Monday.

  • 10 Things Hawaii’s Next Governor Has Said He’ll Do

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Monday marks the beginning of David Ige’s first four-year term as governor of Hawaii.

    The long road to his inauguration at the State Capitol was historic, particularly his surprising win in the Aug. 9 primary over Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

    It was also grueling. There were almost too many candidate forums to count, not to mention all of that sign-waving and fundraising en route to Ige’s Nov. 4 victory over Republican Duke Aiona.

    David Ige, seen here at a gubernatorial candidates forum in June, promised to do a lot

  • Abercrombie’s Official Portrait Expected to Cost Taxpayers $45,000

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Gov. Neil Abercrombie wasn’t the only one who didn’t expect to lose his bid for re-election.

    His Aug. 9 loss in the Democratic primary to Sen. David Ige also seems to have caught the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts off guard.

    The foundation is responsible for the official portrait that Hawaii governors have had done for the past century when their term comes to an end. But the board, apparently expecting Abercrombie to be in office another four years, did not approve the $45,000 budget and nine-month

  • Denby Fawcett: Who the Heck Is David Ige?

    · By Denby Fawcett

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Ige was barely known to Hawaii voters when he trounced Gov. Neil Abercrombie last month in the biggest upset of an incumbent governor in a primary election in U.S. history.

    Today, the 57 year-old Ige’s name is widely recognized here but most residents still don’t know much about him as a person or as a candidate.

    They probably are unaware that he kept his parents in the dark after prestigious colleges such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology accepted him, and to this day he irons his own

  • Chad Blair: Republicans on Parade

    · By Chad Blair

    I’ve seen this parade before.

    Dozens of hopeful candidates from diverse walks of life, hopeful, excited, sporting banners and signs and buttons and T-shirts and stickers and websites, all believing this will be the election year that Hawaii elects more than a token representation of Republicans.

    I saw this parade just two years ago, when Linda Lingle and Charles Djou went down to defeat in runs for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

    I saw it as well in 2010, when Djou lost his re-election bid for the 1st Congressional District, Cam

  • David Ige Becomes the First Challenger in Hawaii Gubernatorial Race

    · By Nathan Eagle

    The man who wants to replace Abercrombie has a long track record, yet is little known outside of his constituency.