2011 Outstanding Legislator of the Year, Hawaii AARP
2011 Senator of the Year, Healthcare Association of Hawaii
2010 State Technology Innovator Award, National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
2010 Outstanding Elected Leader, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii
2009-2010 Advocacy Award, American Heart Association-Hawaii Division
2009 Legislator of the Year, Hawaii Dental Association
2007 Kulia Award, Hawaii Primary Care Association
2000 Outstanding Civic Leadership, Hawaii Technology Trade Association
1999 Mahalo Award, The Friends of the library of Hawaii
1997 Pacific Century Fellows, Inaugural Class
1995 Kulia I Ka Nu'u "Strive for the Highest" Individual Achievement Award, GTE Hawaiian Tel
1994 GTE President's Leadership Award, Team Leadership, Bronze
1990 Achievement Award, High Technology Development Corporation-Hawaii
1989 20/20 Business Development Award, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
1986 University of Hawaii Top 10 MBA's, Hawaii Business Magazine
Reason for Seeking Public Office:
I am running for Governor because Hawaiʻi needs a new style of leadership. Hawaii needs leadership that brings us together instead of divides us. Hawaiʻi needs leadership that moves us forward collectively instead of favoring special interests. Hawaiʻi needs leadership that delivers results and is willing to be held accountable for its actions.
The Ige administration will address the many issues facing our state in a direct and forthright manner. I will collaborate with our federal and county partners and with the Legislature to serve all of the people of our state. We will spend public funds thoughtfully and without waste to avoid raising taxes. We will make state government more efficient, especially in the procurement of goods and services and the hiring of personnel. We will conduct government affairs openly and be visible to the public.
The Ige administration will not only strive to do the right thing, but do it the right way. My administration will be honest, transparent, accountable, and responsive to you. I will serve the public interest and not special interests. I will hold regular news conferences. I will have no hidden agendas.
There will be no name-calling when I disagree with anyone, no disparaging remarks toward anyone, no taking sole credit for collective achievements or blaming others when things go wrong. When conflicts occur among diverse groups, my administration will hear all views and strive to find the best solution for all.
I will hold my appointees to a high standard of transparency and accessibility to assure the public that there are no conflicts of interest. If I were Governor I would have immediately signed SB 2682, which requires members of 15 state boards and commissions to publicly disclose their financial interests. Many of these boards and commissions make major expenditure decisions, and the public must be assured that these decisions are made in the public interest. The current Governor initially threatened to veto the bill, then reluctantly allowed it to become law without his signature. Instead, Hawaiʻi's Governor should have taken a strong stand for transparency in government.
My administration will honor and respect our Native Hawaiian culture, customs and practices.
This is my commitment to the people of Hawaiʻi.
The Ige Action Agenda
State government needs to work more like a business by consistently delivering results on time and within budget. As an electrical engineer in private business, I manage project teams that must deliver results that meet customer requirements. If we don't deliver results, we don't get paid and our clients are free to choose someone else. I bring this perspective to State government, which needs to be agile and efficient, innovative in developing solutions, adaptable to a rapidly changing environment, and above all, accountable to our "customers," the people of Hawaiʻi.