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Governor Ige Inaugural Address: Commitment to Public Education

Wayne Yoshioka

The Inauguration Ceremony for the state’s top chief executives was conducted today.



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Governor Ige is sworn into office by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. First Lady Dawn Ige holds the Bible while Ige children, Amy, Matthew and Lauren look on.

“I, David Y. Ige (do solemnly swear), so solemnly swear”


Governor David Ige was sworn in for a second term by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald.  In his address, the governor repeated the inauguration theme of moving forward together.  Moving to an innovation technology economy and moving to change the way children are taught the knowledge and skills they will need.


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Governor Ige delivers his inaugural address

“The previous generation created a statewide department of education to ensure that every school was provided with the same level of financial support.  But today, in a changing world, we need more that a one-size fits-all model for schools.”


Governor Ige says together, the state can do innovative things.  He will be reaching out to those willing to work collaboratively.


“I’m not asking for anyone’s blind support.  But a willingness to keep an open mind.  To leave personal agendas outside the door and to commit to an unyielding determination to work together.”


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Lieutenant Governor Josh Green was also sworn in.

Lieutenant Governor Josh Green was also sworn in and said he will dedicate his term to work on homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness.


“As your lieutenant governor, I will be out in our communities, on our streets, directly engaging with families struggling with addiction and homelessness, finding ways to help people who are vulnerable and to bring them back into our Ohana.  This will be my mission.”


Following the ceremony, Governor Ige said he would elaborate on specific ideas and plans during his State of the State address usually scheduled in the 3rd or 4th week of January.  But, he says, he’s committed to providing more resources for public education and empowering the leaders who are closest to the students.


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Governor Ige talked to reporters after the ceremony

“You know, empowerment is not just a word that we say.  It really is ensuring we have quality leadership at the school-level – administrative as well as faculty and staff – who really understand the challenges and the opportunities that 21st century education provides.”


In the coming weeks, Governor Ige says he will meet with his appointed state department directors and his staff and make any changes based on his goals and priorities.  Wayne Yoshioka, HPR News.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaiʻi. He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter. He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006). He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals). He resides in Honolulu.
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