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  • 1. CHARTING TOMORROW 1 CHARTING TOMORROW A PLAN FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE IN HAWAI‘I Paid for by Abercrombie for Governor 1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 2150 Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96814 808.589.2237 • neilabercrombie.com
  • 2. CHARTING TOMORROW2 Aloha, Serving as your governor has been a tremendous honor and privilege. During our first term, we’ve had to make tough choices amid challenging circumstances, but through it all, we’ve never lost sight of our goal to restore hope to Hawai‘i. Over the past four years, we’ve persevered through the most challenging economic period since the Great Depression. We’re better off now, and this turnaround was made possible by the sacrifices and hard work that all of us shared. Together, we have an opportunity to continue the course that we’ve charted. We can’t go back. Here is our plan to provide a brighter future for generations to come, Charting Tomorrow. This plan is a result of lessons learned over the course of our first term. It was developed by a team of Hawai‘i’s best and brightest, whom I am proud to have as cabinet members of our Administration. And, it was refined through input provided by the people of our state. With your support, we can create a Hawai‘i for future generations that will be even better than what we inherited from our kūpuna. We must keep moving Hawai‘i forward. Let’s do this together. I know we can succeed. Neil Abercrombie Governor
  • 3. CHARTING TOMORROW 3 CONTENTS INTRODUCTION – THE FIRST FOUR YEARS ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT Affordable Housing & Smart Growth Agriculture & Local Food Production Economic Growth & Development Fiscal Management Transportation & Infrastructure Investments EDUCATION Early Learning Education Higher Education ENVIRONMENT Clean Energy Transformation & Greenhouse Gas Reduction Environment, Climate Change & Natural Resource Management Integrated Sustainability Invasive Species Prevention & Control HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Health Healthcare Transformation Homelessness Kūpuna CONCLUSION – A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR HAWAI‘I 4 5 6 10 14 17 19 25 26 28 32 34 35 38 41 43 45 46 48 49 51 54
  • 4. CHARTING TOMORROW4 INTRODUCTION THE FIRST FOUR YEARS The first four years of our Administration were marked by difficult challenges and progressive achievements. We have made significant strides, and Hawai‘i is a better place today. When I first took office, our state government faced a $220 million budget shortfall, furloughs, decimated programs cut to the bone, and low employee morale. We were struggling to pay our bills. Three years later, our state’s fiscal condition has improved with a $1 billion turnaround, we have restored critical programs and we have begun to invest in key initiatives that will benefit the people of Hawai‘i for the long term. However, we cannot be complacent – we must continue to be proactive in maintaining fiscal sustainability and build on the progress we have made to further improve the lives of Hawai‘i’s people. When I embarked on the endeavor to become the Governor of Hawai‘i in 2010, my team and I put together an ambitious plan to set forth A New Day In Hawai‘i. The New Day plan focused on three primary goals: »» To invest in education and rebuild our economy »» To sustain our Hawai‘i for future generations »» To restore public confidence in government I am proud to say that we have been able to check off a number of goals in the New Day plan. Here are just a few of our significant accomplishments: »» Incorporated the superintendent of schools into the governor’s cabinet »» Instituted cabinet-level leadership and coordination on early childhood initiatives »» Improved the prevention, management, and response system for invasive species »» Prepared for the impacts of climate change »» Preserved and started growing on agricultural lands »» Reinvigorated the Executive Office on Aging »» Led a comprehensive inter-governmental approach to homelessness »» Invested in early childhood »» Appointed a state chief information officer »» Protected the human and civil rights of all, regardless of categories »» Supported Native Hawaiian self-determination and resolved long-standing controversies »» Employed a firm and consistent approach to criminal justice and put an end to shipping prisoners out of state My Administration, the Legislature, and countless public and private sector groups and individuals – particularly public employees – all contributed to these achievements. However, more needs to be done to further build upon the foundation we have established over the last four years. Now that we are on solid financial ground, we can also set forth new goals for the near and long-term future to help our children and our children’s children feel confident about Hawai‘i’s future.
  • 5. CHARTING TOMORROW 5 ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 6. CHARTING TOMORROW6 AFFORDABLE HOUSING & SMART GROWTH Since 2010, my Administration has made it a priority to invest in the well-being of Hawai‘i’s people through helping families stabilize and improve their lives by building housing that people can afford, providing housing to Hawai‘i’s low-income individuals and families, and working to address the complex issue of homelessness. Increasing the housing supply is essential in any plan to alleviate homelessness in Hawai‘i. The demand for housing exceeds supply. In particular, the need for low-income public housing is almost twice the current available supply. The statewide projected rental housing need between 2012 and 2016 for lower income families is approximately 19,000 units. For the same period, the anticipated first-time homebuyer need is approximately 24,000 units for moderate- income families. Increasing the housing supply is essential if we want to enable the working class and our next generation here in Hawai‘i to achieve the dream of owning a home. There are no easy solutions, but my Administration is committed to working collaboratively with the counties and building public-private partnerships to leverage resources for the benefit of those in need of housing. ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 7. CHARTING TOMORROW 7 Production of Affordable Housing Units The Hawai‘i Housing Finance & Development Corporation (HHFDC) has delivered 4,032 affordable units from 2010 to 2013. Smart Growth We have been working with counties and private sector partners to support compact, mixed-use developments in the primary urban core of Honolulu and transit-oriented development, including a bike- share program. Section 8 Housing Assistance Over the past 3 ½ years, the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority (HPHA) has provided low-income public housing and Section 8 voucher assistance to more than 7,400 families (approximately 17,000 people), including the homeless, involuntarily displaced, and victims of domestic abuse. Housing the Homeless and Very Low Income Families The state has provided housing and assistance to more than 2,000 adults and 830 children who were facing homelessness, are involuntarily displaced, or are victims of domestic abuse. Of these new families, 93.7 percent are now paying rent. Towers at Kuhio Park Revitalization The state completed the sale of the Towers at Kuhio Park, HPHA’s first mixed-finance public-private partnership. This resulted in a significant infusion of capital funding into one of the state’s largest low- income public housing developments and alleviated the agency’s capital improvement backlog. This milestone represents the first major step to revitalizing the Kuhio Park / Kuhio Homes neighborhood in Kalihi. ACHIEVEMENTS ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 8. CHARTING TOMORROW8 “I Have A Dream”Hawai‘i Housing Campaign The state has leveraged volunteer efforts in the community to assist HPHA staff in making necessary improvements to vacant units statewide. Continued Commitment to Improving Security The state has demonstrated a continued commitment to improving security for public housing properties and has reduced crime through: environmental design features, the installation of security fences, increased lighting, resident ID cards, security guard services at targeted properties, and community participation. These improvements led to a 50 percent reduction in crime from 2012 to 2013. Improved Public Housing Occupancy to 97 Percent In 2012, Governor Abercrombie enacted Act 159, which allowed HPHA to hire licensed trade workers to repair the most damaged and deteriorated units. This resulted in reduced unit turnaround time from 100 or more days to just nine days. ACHIEVEMENTS Auto Theft Robbery Juvenile Nuisance Graffiti Nuisance Complaint Suspicious Person Aggravated Assault Unauthorized Entry of Motor Vehicle Delinquent Juvenile Drunk Nuisance Noise Complaint Suspicious Circumstance Weapons Property Damange Murder 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Mayor Wright Homes, June 2011 - May 2012 Mayor Wright Homes, June 2012 - May 2013 Crime Reduction at Mayor Wright Homes ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT NumberofIncidents Incident Description
  • 9. CHARTING TOMORROW 9 Infusion of Funds for the Rental HousingTrust Fund Provide an additional $100 million for the Rental Housing Trust Fund during the next four years. Funds could be used for workforce housing, homeless initiatives and micro-units. More Affordable Housing Units HHFDC is planning for an additional 5,405 units over the next five years. More Multi-Use Projects Develop multi-use projects that include affordable housing on land owned by the state as well as by county agencies and private nonprofits. Complete Streets Encourage multi-modal transportation through complete streets with increased walking, biking and mass transit options. Transportation Alternatives for State Employees Encourage state employees to walk, bike or take mass transit to work. Affordable Housing Assistance for the Counties Assist the counties with the implementation of affordable housing projects and programs. Elderly Housing, Mixed-Use, and Mixed-Income Redevelopment Focus on the redevelopment of HPHA’s School Street offices, Kuhio Homes, Kuhio Park Terrace Low-Rise, and Mayor Wright Homes to fit the best use for each property, while creating low-income elderly and family public/affordable housing for the state’s most vulnerable populations. More Funding to Address Capital Needs Exceeding $500 Million Concentrateeffortstoobtainmorefundingtorenovate or modernize HPHA’s housing stock. Promotion of Self-Sufficiency and Asset Development Increase employment through activities such as job fairs and job training events. Engage support service providers to increase independence for the elderly, disabled, and families to decrease the need for taxpayer-funded subsidies. Homebuyers Assistance Assist up to 500 homebuyers annually with Mortgage Credit Certificates. Energy Efficient Appliances Save taxpayer dollars by replacing appliances on HPHA properties such as refrigerators and ranges with new energy efficient models. FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 10. CHARTING TOMORROW10 AGRICULTURE & LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION Hawai‘i currently imports the majority of its food, making the state highly vulnerable, given our isolation. In addition to boosting Hawai‘i’s self- sufficiency, the agriculture industry is a tremendous economic opportunity. According to a recent UHERO report, diversified agriculture is the fastest growing agricultural sector in Hawai‘i. However, we have lost critical industries and much of our capacity to collect and maintain agricultural statistics. We will continue to revitalize our state’s agriculture industry by staying on track to double local food production by 2030, increase food self-sufficiency and further boost demand for local products. ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 11. CHARTING TOMORROW 11 Veteran/Homesteader to Farmer Program Developed the Veteran/Homesteader to Farmer Program as part of the larger Waimea Nui Community Development Initiative. The program is aimed at growing the agricultural workforce by giving veterans and homesteaders training under the mentorship of a proven farmer and the resources to begin a successful career in farming. Galbraith Estate Land The Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC), through collaboration with state, federal, and private entities, acquired 1,200 acres of good agricultural land and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs purchased an additional 500 adjacent acres. ADC is working to prepare the land for cultivation and identify bona fide farmers with a proven track record who can bring the lands into cultivation. Food Self-Sufficiency Produced a Food Self-Sufficiency Strategy for Hawai‘i as a commitment to and road map toward food security for our islands. Revitalization of the Dairy Industry Supportedtherevitalizationoflocaldairies,whichhave been in sharp decline, thereby expanding production capability to bring fresh, local milk throughout the state and move toward the goal of greater food self- sufficiency. Oceanic Institute Feed Mill Contracted with Oceanic Institute to build a feed mill on the Big Island that is slated to break ground in summer 2014. This will provide a local feed substitute, greatly reduce the cost of importing feed, and develop another industry in Hawai‘i. Food Metrics Began working together with private organizations to create the necessary baseline metrics to gauge the state’s food production and enable the state to set goals such as doubling local food production by 2030. Hawai‘i Agricultural Skill Panel Held statewide conferences for more than 600 stakeholders to identify action steps to increase Hawai‘i’s agricultural workforce. The aging of farmers in Hawai‘i needs to be balanced by an increase in younger farmers to increase the supply of local food. Agricultural Loans Since 2010, approved 57 loans totaling $9,267,896, including 10 new farmer loans and 12 loans to support smaller farms of 5 acres or less. Important Agricultural Lands (IAL) Continued to work with landowners to help designate lands as IAL to ensure the land remains in agricultural use for perpetuity. Most recently, 11,206 acres were designated as IAL on Kaua‘i. Since the start of the Abercrombie Administration, 70,195 acres have been designated as IAL. Irrigation Systems Improved irrigation systems including Waiāhole Ditch, Moloka‘i Irrigation System, Waimānalo Irrigation System, Waimea Irrigation System, Lower Hāmākua Ditch Watershed Project, Upcountry Maui Watershed Project, Kekaha Shaft connection pipeline, and Ka‘ū Irrigation System. ACHIEVEMENTS ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 12. CHARTING TOMORROW12 Agricultural Infrastructure Continue to upgrade and restore agricultural infrastructure, especially in preparation for drought, through irrigation improvements and pursuit of a constitutional amendment to allow special revenue bonds to finance dam restoration. Active Agricultural Land Increase the state’s land portfolio and use those lands for agriculture. This goal is supported by the acquisition of the Galbraith Estate lands and the potential acquisition of Dole lands. Increase lands designated as IAL to ensure agricultural activities will continue in perpetuity. Affordable Capital for Farmers Further bolster the Agricultural Loan Program, which provides capital to farmers. Organic Farming and Farm-to-School Programs Support organic farming and farm-to-school programs by establishing an organic farming position and a farm-to-school coordinator position in the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture that will work closely with the Department of Education and the University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Reinvigoration of Hawai‘i’s Livestock Industry »» Source local livestock feed to move away from the dependence of imported feed and decrease the costs associated with importing feed. »» Subsidize agricultural water rates for pastoral use to test the feasibility of raising consistent, high-quality grass-fed beef. »» Provideaccesstocapitalforinfrastructureandenergy efficiency improvements for livestock infrastructure, particularly to increase the efficiencies of local slaughterhouses. »» Subsidize mobile slaughterhouses that will be able to provide rural communities with the necessary infrastructure to slaughter. Local Dairy Industry Support Hawai‘i’s dairy industry with a target of 60 percent locally produced dairy for local consumption. FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 13. CHARTING TOMORROW 13 Double Local Food Production Through Aloha+ Challenge »» Establish metrics to better track locally produced agricultural commodities and measure progress in gaining greater self-reliance. »» Support innovative agricultural practices like the commercial application of aquaponics that diversify agricultural commodities available locally. Identify and implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in preparation for food safety. Agriculture and Energy Compatibility »» Continue to increase opportunities for the integration of new renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, biodigesters, and hydroelectricity into agricultural activities to decrease energy costs for farmers. »» Support continued research and utilization of the byproducts from energy feedstock as livestock feed and soil amendments to serve as an additional income stream for farmers and reduce the reliance on imports. Marketing of Locally Grown Commodities Continue to develop marketing programs that focus on locally grown commodities, including the Seals of Quality program, a statewide branding program that distinguishes Hawai‘i-grown and Hawai‘i-made products in the marketplace. Development of New Hawai‘i Products »» Identify, develop, and produce Hawai‘i-branded, high-value export products and expand available markets for producers. »» Develop value-added product creation capability in coordination with the University of Hawai‘i and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 14. CHARTING TOMORROW14 ECONOMIC GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT The economy is on solid footing and continues to grow. Last year, the tourism industry hit record levels with major indicators, including visitor arrivals and expenditures, at all-time peaks. The state is projecting further tourism growth of 1.7 percent in 2014. All other sectors of the economy show positive indicators. Hawai‘i has one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates along with record highs in the labor force and employment. We anticipate continued growth in the economy overall, driven by a robust construction sector, which is anticipated to grow by 15 percent in 2014. Real property values remain high. The military is at the highest level of active duty personnel since WWII.Thisyear,theRimofthePacific(RIMPAC)Exercise, which began in June, includes 23 participating countries, making it the largest defense exercise in Hawai‘i’s history. We are also seeing unprecedented diversification of our economy in new and exciting areas that bode well for our future. ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 15. CHARTING TOMORROW 15 Record Number of Workers in the Labor Force In May 2014, the state reached a record high labor force of 661,900. Meanwhile, Hawai‘i’s statewide unemployment rate has improved to one of the lowest in the nation, dropping from 6.8 percent in late 2010 to 4.4 percent in May 2014. Replenishment of the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund Previously, the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund was nearly bankrupt and the state had to borrow from the federal government. The fund now has a healthy balance. We have also helped employers by reducing unemployment insurance tax rates for 2014 by 35 percent on average.This year, the improved rates are projected to save employers $300 per employee – or a total of $130 million. HI Growth Initiative The HI Growth Initiative was established within the Hawai‘i Strategic Development Corporation to foster a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem by leveraging research funds and mobilizing Hawai‘i-based seed funds. To date, $15 million has been obligated. Broadband Investment and Infrastructure to Meet 21st Century Demand Legislation was signed to facilitate the expansion of high-speed broadband capabilities in the state and funding was obtained for environmental studies to help bring high-speed broadband cables to Hawai‘i. The state’s Broadband Strategic Plan was completed. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Funding was provided to continue STEM programs in Hawai‘i’s public schools. ACHIEVEMENTS ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 16. CHARTING TOMORROW16 Build a 21st Century Infrastructure for Needed Projects that Continue to Provide Employment to Hawai‘i’s Residents Build a 21st century infrastructure with a focus on high-speed broadband, airport modernization, and clean energy. Avoid Additional Burdens on Businesses Small businesses are the backbone of Hawai‘i’s economy. By maintaining strong fiscal management and a healthy budgetary positive balance, the state must avoid implementing broad-based tax or fee increases that put additional strains on those doing business here in Hawai‘i. Improve Hawai‘i’s Business Climate Further streamline government processes to allow businesses to focus on growth. Continue the significant progress that is already underway by fully implementing the state’s ambitious Business and Information Technology/Information Resource Management (IT/IRM) Transformation Plan, which was unveiled in October 2012. Increase Workforce Housing Increase affordable and workforce housing and revitalize Honolulu’s urban core by providing a place for Hawai‘i’s families to live and creating new business opportunities. More than half of new housing in Kaka‘akoisaffordableormoderatelypricedforHawai‘i’s working families. As construction drives the economy and continues to accelerate to meet demands such as affordable housing, we can expect increased jobs, strongrevenue,andcontinuedeconomicimprovement. Support an Innovation Ecosystem Diversify the economy by building an ecosystem to support export-oriented companies in the innovation sector through efforts such as the HI Growth Initiative. Support Workforce Development Support efforts to further grow Hawai‘i’s workforce. Support educational programs to improve skills and create a more diversified workforce. Increase Airlift Capacity Additional flights and airlift capacity will allow Hawai‘i’s tourism industry to grow even more. It is imperative to work with local, domestic and international air carriers to ensure Hawai‘i maintains its position as a profitable and attractive market. Expand International Marketing Hawai‘i remains a popular destination for travelers from the U.S. and Japan. However, to continue to grow the tourism sector, we must expand our reach beyond these mature markets. China, Korea, Southeast Asia, and other Asian markets are attractive growth opportunities that we will pursue. FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 17. CHARTING TOMORROW 17 FISCAL MANAGEMENT In 2010, at the beginning of this Administration, the state faced a $220 million budget deficit. Tough choices were made, and everyone in Hawai‘i shared the sacrifices that were made. As a result of that shared sacrifice combined with prudent fiscal management, the state ended the 2013 fiscal year with a positive general fund balance of approximately $844 million. This healthy ending balance allowed the Administration to restore previously cut programs, maintain crucial services, and begin to improve other initiatives. ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 18. CHARTING TOMORROW18 ACHIEVEMENTS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE Increase our savings by continuing to build fiscal reserves on an annual basis, with a target of 10 percent of general fund expenditures. Watch what we spend and maintain an ending balance of 5 percent of general fund revenues through each year of the six-year state financial plan. Target infrastructure investments by identifying $500 million in formal public-private partnership capital improvement projects for fiscal years 2016 through 2020. Make government services work better by implementing the Enterprise Resource Planning project that will streamline and standardize government operations across executive departments through a unified informational system. Improve our fiscal standing by striving for a credit upgrade to AAA status for the state’s general obligation credit. Pay down future anticipated debts by reducing the unfunded portion of pension liability to less than $6 billion (from $8.5 billion in fiscal year 2013) or increase the funded portion to be greater than 70 percent (from 60 percent in fiscal year 2013). Dramatic Improvement of Our State’s Fiscal Health »» $1 billion turnaround since 2010. »» Restored and began replenishing depleted reserve funds – the state’s “savings account” in the event of future economic downturns. »» Upgraded the state’s outlook from “stable” to “positive” according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (the equivalent of boosting the state’s credit score). Finance Market Response to Hawai‘i’s Fiscal Turnaround »» In 2011, the state completed the largest bond sale in Hawai‘i’s history, totaling $1.3 billion. »» In 2012, the state sold $870 million in bonds and achieved the lowest interest rate for state bonds in Hawai‘i’s history – almost a full percentage point lower than the previous low secured by the Administration the prior year. Paying Down and Stabilizing Future Debt and Liabilities »» Implemented pension reforms to begin turning around the insolvency of the Employees’Retirement System and reduce the state’s unfunded liabilities related to obligations for future healthcare coverage benefits. »» Stabilized future costs and expenditures by concluding collective bargaining agreements, several of which are for multiple years, which brings predictability and assurances that government services will continue uninterrupted. »» Launched a statewide Enterprise Resource Planning System to modernize, streamline and better align Hawai‘i’s information systems and government processes with effective, efficient and consistent services to the public. ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 19. CHARTING TOMORROW 19 TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS Infrastructure,particularlyasitrelatestotransportation, is one of the most fundamental services provided by government. For too long, Hawai‘i’s infrastructure has not been maintained and updated to keep pace with our population’s changing needs and growth patterns. Furthermore, when I took office, state finances were in shambles and we faced a deficit of more than $200 million, which made it difficult to pay for infrastructure upgrades. Despite these challenges, we made it a priority to invest in improving our infrastructure from the start of our Administration. We invested more than $3 billion in these improvements to kick-start our economy and create jobs. We also improved our fiscal health and our credit rating so we could borrow at historically low rates, making upgrades in our infrastructure more affordable than ever. ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 20. CHARTING TOMORROW20 Infrastructure Investments Since 2010, the state has released, with improved efficiency, more than $3 billion for capital improvement projects, thus investing in state facilities and infrastructure while stimulating the local economy and providing jobs for residents. Airports $750 Million Improvement Program Launched at Honolulu International Airport The program includes a new terminal, concourse, and consolidated rental car facility, along with airport infrastructure upgrades.These upgrades and additions are the first major improvements in more than 20 years and will address high peak hour demand for gates, accommodation of larger aircraft, and improved operations and efficiency. Hawai‘i Airports Go Green An Energy Savings Contract was entered that will save $518 million in electricity and water costs over the 20-year contract period. Installing energy efficient technology, upgrading equipment and addressing deferred maintenance will greatly reduce the department’s carbon footprint and is in line with the Administration’s goal to reduce the state’s dependence on fossil fuels. Emergency Power Facility at Honolulu International Airport Powered with biodiesel, the new facility will keep critical airport functions up and running during an emergency or prolonged power outage. The facility is expected to be completed in summer 2014 and will provide electricity to Hawaiian Electric during non- emergency conditions. Hawaiian Electric is partnering with the Hawai‘i Department ofTransportation (HDOT) and will provide reimbursement for maintenance and electricity generated. Hilo International Airport Cargo Facility Construction is well underway for the $14 million airport cargo facility at Hilo International Airport. This facility will provide streamlined cargo and inspection services all under one roof. Celebrating Our Local Heroes A new exhibit titled “Celebrating Our Local Heroes” was dedicated at the Honolulu International Airport honoring the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and the late Hawai‘i sports legend Wally Yonamine. The displays feature photos, memorabilia and narratives highlighting the contributions of these local heroes to Hawai‘i during their illustrious careers. ACHIEVEMENTS ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 21. CHARTING TOMORROW 21 Improved Safety and Efficiency at Honolulu Harbor Pier 29 »» The project received $24.5 million in federal stimulus funds through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This federal funding was an integral part of the project’s quick start, covering nearly 85 percent of the total $29 million project cost. »» As the first harbor project in the nation to receive TIGER grant funding, the Pier 29 project restores approximately12acresofupgradedcargospacethat will increase operational efficiency and workplace safety at Honolulu Harbor. Along with the concrete pavement reconstruction, new drainage, water, lighting, sewer, and fire protection and electrical systems were also installed, increasing Honolulu Harbor’s cargo capacity by creating more space for additional container ships and commerce. Kawaihae Harbor Modernization Project This project broke ground in 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2014. It will provide a new $7 million cargo terminal that will improve the safety and efficiency of cargo operations at Hawai‘i Island’s fastest-growing commercial port. New Harbor Police Patrol Boat The Kia‘iawa, whose name means “harbor guardian,” will patrol both Honolulu Harbor and Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor, improving port safety and security. The new 27-foot, aluminum-hull vessel can patrol at high speeds and with high maneuverability. It provides a safe, enclosed cabin for harbor police for their daily patrols. Kahului Harbor Surveillance and Command Information System Funded by a Department of Homeland Security Port Security Grant, this system provides heightened port security through shared video feeds between state harbors and other agencies for common situational awareness. Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor Master Plan This master plan process is underway and will guide the development and utilization of the state’s second largest commercial port. In conjunction with the master plan, an Environmental Impact Statement is in progress for a dedicated fuel pier that will help meet Hawai‘i’s future energy needs. Kaunakakai Harbor Ferry Terminal Improvements Passengers using the ferry from Kaunakakai Harbor on Moloka‘i to Lahaina Harbor on Maui now have an upgraded and modernized facility with an expanded passenger waiting area, upgraded restroom facilities, and a larger parking lot that allows for better traffic flow. This joint project with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources also included fire protection and sewage system improvements and the rehabilitation of a portion of the commercial pier. Hilo Harbor Kumau Street Entrance Improvements Work is underway to widen Kumau Street from two lanes to four lanes. The improvements will provide alternate entry and exit points for commercial cargo traffic when cruise ships are in port, thus relieving traffic congestion at this vital facility for East Hawai‘i by helping to separate passenger traffic from cargo operations and improving traffic safety and overall efficiency. The project is expected to be completed in January 2015. Commercial Harbors ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 22. CHARTING TOMORROW22 Saddle Road Newest Portion Completed, Renamed Daniel K. Inouye Highway HDOT completed $30.8 million in improvements to Saddle Road – West Side, Defense Access Road. With the completion of this project, 31 miles of the former Saddle Road has been improved to modern standards, greatly increasing safety and providing an important connecting route between West Hawai‘i and East Hawai‘i. Honoapi‘ilani Highway Realignment (Lahaina Bypass) – First Two Segments Open HDOT completed the $50 million Phase 1A of the Honoapi‘ilani Highway realignment project from Keawe Street to Lahainaluna Road in December 2013 and completed and opened the $35 million 1B-1 secondphasefromLahainalunaRoadtoHokiokioPlace in January 2014. This long-awaited bypass highway provides residents and visitors with an alternate route to alleviate traffic as well as an emergency exit route. Hawai‘i Driver’s License System Compliance with Federal Real ID Act of 2005 Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this system ensures that Hawai‘i’s drivers’ licenses and state identification cards are recognized as official identification documents by the federal government and are in compliance with Hawai‘i’s Legal Presence Law. Kapolei Interchange Phase I Completed In August 2012, this $26 million project opened to the public, providing much-needed alternate freeway access for the growing neighborhoods of Kapolei and Makakilo. The additional ramps improve traffic flow on the area’s main streets, reduce congestion and provide more access to the H-1 Freeway. Freeway Service Patrol Expanded Route East to Hawai‘i Kai This popular service offers a free tow, tire change, or other emergency services to motorists stalled on the most heavily trafficked sections of the H-1 Freeway and part of the H-2 Freeway. Quickly and safely moving stalled vehicles off the freeway minimizes traffic disruptions. Restriping Projects Provide High Impact, Low-Cost Traffic Improvements Projects on the H-1 Freeway, H-201 Moanalua Freeway, Fort Weaver Road and Kamehameha Highway in Wahiawā Town are addressing traffic congestion and delays by adding lanes through restriping. These projects have resulted in quick and successful improvements at a fraction of the cost of traditional build-out projects. Highways ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 23. CHARTING TOMORROW 23 Statewide Pedestrian Plan This project won state and national American Planning Association awards for transportation planning. As the first statewide plan in the nation to focus on pedestrians, it provides planners and engineers with priorities and a toolbox of work that may be incorporated into current and future projects. Three pedestrian improvement projects have already been completed. ‘Ihi‘ihilauākea Stream Bridge Repairs Repairs were made to cracks and spalling in this 83-year-old concrete bridge located on Kalaniana‘ole Highway near Koko Head. Damaged sections and steel reinforcing bars were replaced, and a fiber-reinforced polymer carbon fiber wrap system was installed around the new concrete to further strengthen the repairs. Repaired areas were painted to restore the original appearance and provide an additional layer of protection against the elements. Walk Wise Hawaii (WWH) This public education program is a pedestrian safety partnership between HDOT, the City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS), the Honolulu Police Department and TLC PR (formerly The Limtiaco Company). Its purpose is to educate the public, particularly seniors and children, on good pedestrian behavior and to raise driver awareness of pedestrians. It recently received an award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for Public Service. Highways Infrastructure Investments Annual Capital Improvement Expenditures 2004-20131 Source: State of Hawai‘i. 1 Actual. Includes all funding sources, including State, Federal and Private contributions to State projects. $1,300,000,000 $975,000,000 $650,000,000 $325,000,000 $0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 24. CHARTING TOMORROW24 Accelerate Infrastructure Upgrades While substantial investments have already been made in our infrastructure by our Administration, we believe it is necessary to accelerate the pace of this activity. Infrastructure provides long-term benefits and is a sound investment in Hawai‘i’s future. Transit-Oriented Development The State of Hawai‘i can play a key role in O‘ahu’s future by actively seeking opportunities to responsibly participate in transit-oriented development (TOD). Through public-private partnerships, we have the opportunity to work with other government entities, private businesses and the community to establish residential and commercial uses around the transit stops along the Honolulu Rapid Transit rail line. Doing so will help to concentrate development along the rail corridor, keeping the country country. The possibility of also utilizing state lands for these types of projects presents the potential to create a valuable revenue stream for the state. Going Green at State Facilities Hawai‘i is at the forefront of clean energy, and we will continue to lead efforts to go green at our state facilities – from schools to airports to harbors – to reduce our dependence on imported fuel and curtail our long-term operating expenses. This is a win-win opportunity that can now be made more affordable thanks to innovative Energy Savings Company (ESCO) financing and project management opportunities. Harbor Modernization Our harbors are the hub of commerce in the islands. Withoutsufficientcapacityandmodernimprovements, we simply cannot support the daily needs of Hawai‘i’s population. Our Administration has already made great strides to more efficiently structure the use and layout of our major harbors, but there is more to do. We will substantially increase resources and efforts to accelerate the pace of these projects. Airport Modernization Our airports are the gateways connecting our islands and the world. We must continue to invest in readying our airports to meet the demands and expectations of travelers in the 21st century. We will not only upgrade our airports to increase energy efficiency, but also ensure our airports have the amenities and aesthetic appeal to welcome tourists and serve locals. Highway Modernization State highways serve all the people of Hawai‘i. Yet, as our population has grown and moved into new communities, the highways have struggled to keep pace. Now that we have established a strong financial foundation for the state, we can afford to build, expand and improve our highways to meet the needs of our growing population. FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE ECONOMY & FISCAL MANAGEMENT
  • 25. CHARTING TOMORROW 25 EDUCATION
  • 26. CHARTING TOMORROW26 EARLY LEARNING Early learning is the educational foundation by which a child develops the necessary skills to succeed in the future. Our goal is to create a comprehensive and integrated statewide early childhood development and learning system where children are healthy and developing, where they have access to high-quality early learning programs, where their families are supported, and where they enter kindergarten ready to succeed. The goal of early learning is not only to increase access and provide more opportunities for preschool-aged children and their families, but also to improve the quality of the learning and educational experience so that these keiki have the tools they need to be prepared and ready for K-12. EDUCATION
  • 27. CHARTING TOMORROW 27 »» Created state-funded prekindergarten in Hawai‘i and established in law Hawai‘i’s commitment to preschool »» Increased the state’s investment in 4-year-olds by $9 million »» Introduced and supported a proposed Constitutional Amendment, which will be considered by voters in November 2014, to allow state funding of public-private partnerships to support our existing mixed-delivery system »» Established and funded the Executive Office on Early Learning »» Endorsed the Hawai‘i Early Learning and Development Standards »» Made kindergarten mandatory through the enactment of Act 76, Session Laws of Hawai‘i 2014 »» Created the Early Childhood Action Strategy Taking Action for Hawai‘i’s Children, which sets a course for the future of Hawai‘i’s children regarding their health, safety, care, and education ACHIEVEMENTS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE EDUCATION Access to Prekindergarten Increase the number of 4-year-olds who will have the opportunity for a prekindergarten experience to 75 percent through our mixed-delivery early learning system, which includes private community-based preschools such as Seagull Schools, Kama‘āina Kids, and KCAA. Head Start programs for our lowest-income children; family-child interaction learning programs such as Tūtū and Me; and Department of Education (DOE) prekindergarten classrooms. High-Quality Early Learning Programs Support the various programs in our mixed-delivery system in implementing and integrating elements of quality. Alignment of Early Learning to Kindergarten Ensure collaboration between programs serving young children and the DOE to provide smooth transitions for children and families as they move into kindergarten classrooms. On-Track Health and Development Through interagency collaboration and monitoring, ensure that all children receive comprehensive screenings, assessments and the necessary follow-up to support health and development.
  • 28. CHARTING TOMORROW28 EDUCATION By working together and making tough choices, Hawai‘i has accelerated progress for our children. In the last four years, we have built a strong foundation and will continue to pave the way for every child to have access to quality educational opportunities – from early childhood through high school and beyond. In 2014, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called Hawai‘i a “rising star” and referred to the state’s progress in education as “extraordinary.” Through more quality preschool opportunities as well as improved experiences and outcomes for every child in our state, we must fulfill the promise of public education for our keiki and secure the future of our community and economy. EDUCATION
  • 29. CHARTING TOMORROW 29 ACHIEVEMENTS EDUCATION Unprecedented gains in K-12 student achievement, validated by national measures »» Hawai‘i is one of the top five fastest improving states in the country since 2009, as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). »» In 2013, for the first time, Hawai‘i surpassed the national average on the NAEP in 4th grade mathematics. More Hawai‘i public school graduates entering college and ready for college-level work »» College enrollment has increased from 50 percent for the Class of 2010 to 54 percent for the Class of 2013. »» More Hawai‘i public school graduates are prepared for college and are taking college-level courses when they enter the University of Hawai‘i. Investment in early childhood education »» An additional 900 children from our highest-need communities attended preschool as part of the state’s Race to the Top initiative. Approximately 1,100 children will be able to attend preschool via state support through Preschool Open Doors. A newly created prekindergarten program implemented collaborativelybytheDOEandtheExecutiveOfficeon Early Learning will serve approximately 420 children. »» A constitutional amendment was approved that allows us to build on Hawai‘i’s preschool tradition and current resources by allowing for state-supported public-private preschool programs for all children. »» A new requirement for 5-year-olds to attend kindergarten was implemented to ensure a learning foundation for every child. CLASS OF 2010 CLASS OF 2013 Decrease in need for English remediation 33% 31% Decrease in need for math remediation 36% 32% Increase in students taking college-level English 36% 41% Increase in students taking college-level math 20% 27% College and Career Readiness Indicators Source: Hawaii P-20 http://www.p20hawaii.org/resources/college-and-career-readiness-indicators-reports/2012-ccri-data/
  • 30. CHARTING TOMORROW30 ACHIEVEMENTS EDUCATION Shared accountability for student growth, meaning that we are supporting more and expecting more from students, teachers, leaders and schools »» New graduation requirements that meet the demands of a 21st century economy and community: Students have more rigorous and consistent graduation requirements, aligned with Common Core State Standards, to prepare them for success in college or careers upon graduation. »» Teacher contract with union agreement to tie pay to performance: Rigorous annual evaluations provide teachers with more useful feedback about their teaching and opportunities to improve, and probation/tenure and pay increases are tied to effective performance. Hawai‘i is leading the country in this important effort and is committed to continuing to improve the system with educator feedback in collaboration with the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association. »» Administrator performance evaluations also impact compensation: Administrators (principals, the superintendent and the superintendent’s leadership team) also have performance-based evaluations. »» New school accountability measures: DOE public schools are held accountable for a variety of measures that reflect the work they do with children, not just a single test. »» Charter school performance contracts and accountability: Charter schools have performance contracts that demand operational viability and hold these public schools accountable for student achievement.
  • 31. CHARTING TOMORROW 31 FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE EDUCATION Progress made by our students, educators, and schools defied skeptics at home and across the country about our ability to improve education for our keiki and be a national leader. The DOE incorporated key ideas of Race to the Top within its strategic plan, and we need to sustain the momentum to fulfill our promise to all keiki. Work in partnership at all levels »» Continue to build on and form productive relationships betweenthegovernor,thesuperintendent,andthe BoardofEducation,aswellasbetweencommunity organizations and businesses, in coordination with schools. »» Partner with the community to provide our students with a variety of opportunities for well- rounded education Ensure support for teachers »» Provide teachers with more time to plan and take advantage of professional learning opportunities to ensure better outcomes for our keiki »» Reward and retain our effective teachers with resources – including compensation – and provide them with opportunities for professional growth. Provide 21st century learning tools for Hawai‘i’s students Provide each of Hawai‘i’s students with a mobile device to personalize learning and provide the tools students need to be successful in today’s global society. Challenge high school students to earn college credits while obtaining their high school diploma to propel them into advanced education and training Provide more opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits while in high school through Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, and courses at the University of Hawai‘i. Increase opportunities for students statewide through a variety of options including online courses. Enrich children through a well-rounded education that includes arts and culture Expand the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ Artists in Schools program. Provide more children and teachers with the opportunity to work with artists in engaging, creative, and entertaining ways. Provide children and their families with easy access to basic health services in their community Establish partnerships between the state, community health centers and private healthcare providers to offer clinical services at select schools throughout the islands.This will allow every child to access basic health care and preventive screenings that enable them to thrive in school and in the community.
  • 32. CHARTING TOMORROW32 HIGHER EDUCATION The University of Hawai‘i (UH) system is an economic engine for the state and the people of Hawai‘i take great pride in UH’s academic and athletic programs. UH has made great progress over the years, providing a quality education and opportunities for its students. We need to do all that we can to ensure that college is both accessible and affordable for students on all islands, and that students are provided academic offerings that will allow them to be competitive once they enter the workforce. It is also critical that UH faculty and staff have the resources and support they need to be effective educators and to conduct innovative research. The research conducted by UH influences both public and private sector decision making that impacts the economy, environment, and Hawai‘i’s people. We must provide students and faculty with a safe and enriching learning and working environment by reducing UH’s repair and maintenance backlog. The UH System is one of Hawai‘i’s most valuable resources, and we must nurture it and grow it to become a world-class institution. EDUCATION
  • 33. CHARTING TOMORROW 33 ACHIEVEMENTS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE Governor’s Cabinet Incorporated UH into the Governor’s Cabinet to allow for improved coordination and communication. UH West O‘ahu Completed and opened the UH West O‘ahu campus, after more than 30 years of waiting, to increase access to higher education for O‘ahu’s Leeward Coast, including important underserved groups such as Native Hawaiians, Filipinos, and Pacific Islanders. Pālamanui Campus Broke ground and began construction on the Pālamanui Campus of Hawai‘i Community College, thereby broadening educational opportunities on the west side of Hawai‘i Island. Astronomy and Economic Opportunities Excelled in astronomy and developed economic opportunities for the islands of Hawai‘i and Maui through construction of the AdvancedTechnology SolarTelescope on Haleakalā and furthered progress on the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Expanded Reach and Degrees Awarded Expanded educational reach and service by increasing the number of degrees awarded to students through the UH Systemfrom8,084infiscalyear2009to10,001infiscalyear 2013 – a 24 percent increase. Hawaiian Studies Perpetuated our state’s host culture and language by instituting the first associate of arts degree in Hawaiian Facility Maintenance Accelerate renovation and continuation of funding for UH facilities statewide. 55 x 25 Goal (Degrees Awarded) Ensure that the state is on track to fulfill 55 x 25 – Hawai‘i’s educationgoalofhaving55percentofworking-ageadults (25-64 years old) with a two- or four-year college degree by the year 2025 – while improving the rate at which our studentscompletetheirdegrees.Thiswillallowstudentsto graduatewithadegreeintheleastamounttimenecessary to prevent the accumulation of too many credits and too much student debt. Education Alignment Improve the alignment among our early education, K-12, and university and community college systems, and between education and our workforce, to ensure that all our children will have opportunities for a sustainable and livable future with good-paying jobs within our state. Education and Research Opportunities Strategically utilize Hawai‘i’s role internationally to support premier education opportunities and research projects such as Global Studies programs, the Hawai‘i Language Road map Initiative, Community College Career and TechnicalTraining (C3T) grants and more. EDUCATION
  • 34. CHARTING TOMORROW34 ENVIRONMENT
  • 35. CHARTING TOMORROW 35 CLEAN ENERGY TRANSFORMATION & GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION Hawai‘i continues to lead the nation with the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) goal of 70 percent clean energy by 2030. We are on target to exceed electricity milestones ahead of schedule and create a road map for meeting clean transportation goals. Hawai‘i imports most of its energy and has the highest energy costs in the nation. However, the state has not sat idle. Energy has become one of Hawai‘i’s most important economic enterprises, and clean energy is the driving force behind our economic transformation. Going forward, Hawai‘i will continue to lead the charge for clean energy policy, planning and deployment. The state is poised to serve as an international test bed for renewable energy and energy efficiency that creates green jobs and attracts investment. ENVIRONMENT
  • 36. CHARTING TOMORROW36 ACHIEVEMENTS ENVIRONMENT Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rules Signed new greenhouse gas emissions rules to support continued reduction of greenhouse gases for climate change mitigation. Hawai‘i Clean Energy Policy Established a comprehensive, five-point energy policy that outlines the state’s commitment to maximizing the development of cost-effective investments in clean energy production and management for the purpose of promoting Hawai‘i’s energy security. Source: Net Energy Metering and Feed-in Tariff Reports, 2013 (Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission) Source: Renewable Portfolio Standards Status Report, 2007-2013 (Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission) DistributedRenewableEnergy SystemsInstalled TotalCapacityofSystemsInstalled-kW) 20,000 18,000 16,000 14,000 12,000 10,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 0 140,000 120,000 80,000 60,000 40,000 20,000 0 HECO HELCO MECO KIUC 40,717 Distributed Renewable Energy Systems Total 253,500 kW Installed Statewide 1,196 kW 207 2007 4,663 kW 565 2008 7,213 kW 1,168 2009 11,984 kW 2,190 2010 33,230 kW 5,516 2011 79,263 kW 12,566 2012 115,081 kW 18,316 2013 Renewable Energy Systems Number of Systems Installed and Capacity by kW Renewable Energy Generation by Resource Biomass Commercial Solar Wind Geothermal Hydro Biofuels Distributed PV RenewableGeneration(GWhs) 2007 945.5 2008 978.0 2009 964.6 2010 950.7 1,186.0 1,324.0 1,648.5 2011 2012 2012 2013 2013 2,000 1,500 1,000 500 0
  • 37. CHARTING TOMORROW 37 ACHIEVEMENTS ENVIRONMENT Solar Construction Achieved $1.72 billion in solar-related construction expenditures since 2010. Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) Program Established the GEMS program to make clean energy improvements affordable and accessible for Hawai‘i’s consumers, including the underserved. Renewable Energy Goals Established Hawai‘i’s Energy Policy Directives and commitment to go beyond the target of 40 percent renewable energy by 2030. Energy Performance Contracting Received a prestigious award from the Clinton Global Initiative for fulfilling our commitment to energy performance contracting by implementing an airport energy savings program to modernize the state’s 12 airports with the latest in energy efficient green technology. The project is the single largest government energy savings contract in the nation and will cut energy use by 49 percent, create hundreds of local jobs and save at least $518 million in energy costs over the next 20 years. FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE Incentivize private finance through strategic government investment, direction and coordination Utilize revenues from the barrel tax to fulfill the original intent of facilitating clean energy transformation. Go beyond the HCEI goal for 40 percent renewable energy Stay on target to exceed the HCEI 2030 goal of 40 percent renewable energy for electricity ahead of schedule. Establish a transportation plan for HCEI to reduce fossil fuel use and emissions Work with counties, federal agencies and community partners to identify and implement alternative fuels, efficiencies and multi-modal opportunities for clean transportation, including the expansion of bike sharing and car sharing.
  • 38. CHARTING TOMORROW38 ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE & NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Hawai‘i is the endangered species capital of the U.S. with an economy that is dependent on a healthy environment. As an island state, Hawai‘i is especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as sea-level rise, drought, increased storms, and ocean acidification. Freshwater will become increasingly important as we face the impacts of climate change. Hawai‘i must establish a waste reduction strategy to further lessen the amount of waste that goes into our landfills. It is a priority of our Administration to steward our environment and natural resources through partnerships to protect and restore our core watershed areas and reefs; support healthy fisheries, freshwater security, and biodiversity; and ensure effective waste management. Hawai‘i is also planning for the impacts of climate change by making sure that our critical infrastructure, natural resources, and food system are resilient. ENVIRONMENT
  • 39. CHARTING TOMORROW 39 ACHIEVEMENTS ENVIRONMENT Worked collaboratively with the City and County of Honolulu, private conservation groups, and the Turtle Bay Resort to establish a conservation easement, preserving 665.8 acres of land at Turtle Bay Resort in perpetuity. Won the bid to host the largest international environmental meeting, the World Conservation Congress, in 2016, for the first time in the U.S. Appointed to President Obama’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force for Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and shared Hawai‘i’s unique needs and approaches through the Navigating Change report. Launched the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Rain Follows the Forest Watershed Initiative to protect critical watershed areas, which are Hawai‘i’s source of freshwater and home to fragile native species ecosystems. Established Hawai‘i’s Climate Change Adaptation Priority Guidelines. Worked closely with the Legislature to pass the Hawai‘i Climate Adaptation Initiative (Act 83, Session Laws of Hawai‘i 2014) to create an interagency climate adaptation committee and draft a sea-level rise strategy. Became the first sub-national government to sign onto the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership highlighting our commitments to clean energy, greenhouse gas emissions reduction and climate change adaptation. Updated the Ocean Resources Management Plan and established interagency implementation teams to work on ocean and coastal resource management priorities. Restoredthefiscalhealthofthebeveragecontainer program as a major waste reduction strategy through recycling. Effectively responded to environmental cleanups, such as the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor. Engaged more than 1,000 citizens through Resilient Hawai‘i Forums and the Governor’s Online Survey to develop recommendations on how to make Hawai‘i’s built systems, natural resources, agriculture, community, health and disaster management more resilient.
  • 40. CHARTING TOMORROW40 FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE ENVIRONMENT Climate Adaptation Engage state departments, counties, federal agencies, businesses,andcommunitypartnersintheinteragency climate adaptation committee to proactively plan and execute a coordinated response to the impacts of climate change. Hawai‘i’s Reefs Restore Hawai‘i’s reefs as the foundation for healthy fisheries and climate resilience for sea-level rise and storms. Establish more coral colonies through coral reef nursery projects and double the amount of artificial reefs. Hawai‘i’s Core Watersheds Stay on track to protect 20 percent of Hawai‘i’s priority watersheds areas by 2021 through invasive species removal and restoration projects. Hawai‘i’s Reefs Restore Hawai‘i’s reefs as the foundation for healthy fisheries and climate resilience for sea-level rise and storms. Establish more coral colonies through coral reef nursery projects and double the amount of artificial reefs. Water Conservation Identify and implement innovative solutions for reducing and reusing potable and wastewater. Solid Waste Reduction Stay on target to achieve the Aloha+ Challenge goal of reducing our solid waste stream by 70 percent by 2030. Encourage source reduction, recycling and bioconversion through partnerships with the counties, nonprofit organizations and the private sector. Expansion of the E-Waste Recycling Program Increase authority and funding for e-waste recycling and recycle all state government e-waste.
  • 41. CHARTING TOMORROW 41 INTEGRATED SUSTAINABILITY Hawai‘i is a microcosm of the world’s sustainability challenges and is uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We have the opportunity to serve as a national and international model for innovative and integrated whole-system solutions. We must strengthen the following key areas as the building blocks for a sustainable, resilient, secure, diverse, and equitable economy for current and future generations: »» Clean energy transformation and greenhouse gas reduction »» Agriculture and local food production »» Invasive species prevention and control »» Natural resource management and environmental health »» Waste reduction »» Climate change preparedness and adaptation »» Integrated sustainability In 2011, we made sustainability a priority for our state by incorporating the definition, goals, and principles into our State Plan through Act 181. Hawai‘i’s official state definition of sustainability emphasizes that we must strike a balance between economic, social and community, and environmental priorities. Balance must be achieved through the following key strategies: »» Integrated approach: Break down silos between government agencies and levels of government through collaborative leadership and joint action. »» Partnerships: Work closely with the private sector and with communities on shared projects. »» Accountability: Set measurable targets, track progress, and support data-driven decision-making. »» Lead by example: Make government operations greener to increase efficiency and sustainability while reducing impacts and costs. »» Smart investments: Strategically leverage government investments to support state sustainability goals. Hawai‘i can offer a unique “aloha approach to sustainability” that is rooted in culture, collaboration, and community. As Ambassador Ronald Jumeau of the Seychelles said when inviting Hawai‘i to make an international commitment to sustainability, “It is time for Hawai‘i to stand up, step forward and be recognized as an island leader in sustainability.” ENVIRONMENT
  • 42. CHARTING TOMORROW42 ACHIEVEMENTS ENVIRONMENT »» Established the first-ever state sustainability coordinator position with the special purpose of working across departments and with counties, federal agencies, and community partners to advance shared sustainability goals. »» Launched the Aloha+ Challenge together with the mayors of every county and the chair of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, which makes a joint commitment to six 2030 sustainability targets. »» Recognized the importance of public-private partnerships and cross-sector collaboration in building a green economy by joining other leaders in working together as part of Hawai‘i Green Growth. »» Hawai‘i’s integrated approach to sustainability was recognized as an international “bright spot” by the Global Island Partnership at the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity, Conference of the Parties 11 Island Summit. FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE Statewide Sustainability Indicators for Hawai‘i Track progress on clean energy, local food production, natural resource management, waste reduction, smart growth, climate resilience, green jobs, and education on an accessible online dashboard. Lead by Example Build on the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism’s Lead by Example and Green Business initiatives to make government operations more sustainable and better support sustainability goals through purchasing and procurement. Interagency Coordination and Partnerships for Sustainability Establish a sustainability sub-cabinet and statewide sustainability network supported by the state sustainability coordinator. Be a National and International Model of Biocultural Sustainability Engage in collaborative learning with other places as we work to address our sustainability challenges and share Hawai‘i’s aloha approach to sustainability through international opportunities such as the Hōkūle‘a Worldwide Voyage. Aloha+ Challenge Collaborate with mayors, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and other leaders to make progress on Aloha+ Challenge sustainability targets.
  • 43. CHARTING TOMORROW 43 INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION & CONTROL Hawai‘i is facing a biological crisis due to invasive species. We are committed to protecting Hawai‘i’s economy, agriculture, environment, health and way of life from the devastating impacts of invasive species by strengthening biosecurity at our borders and between our islands, supporting on-the-ground control efforts in each county and watershed, and effectively working across departments for effective response. ENVIRONMENT
  • 44. CHARTING TOMORROW44 ACHIEVEMENTS ENVIRONMENT »» Strengthened the interagency Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council with strong cabinet-level participation and coordination to provide policy- level direction, prioritization, and planning among state departments, federal agencies, and international and local initiatives. »» Supported the county-based Invasive Species Committees in partnership with county, federal, and private sector partners for early detection, rapid response and community engagement in preventing the spread of invasive species such as the coqui frog, little fire ant, and miconia. »» Restored agricultural inspector positions as the first line of defense for Hawai‘i’s biosecurity program. »» Established an apiary program within the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture to respond to the varroa mite and small hive beetle outbreaks threatening Hawai‘i’s honeybee and queen bee industry. »» Spearheaded an incident command system response to little fire ants and coconut rhinoceros beetle outbreaks. »» Restored four positions to resurrect the Detector Dog Program. This program has proven extremely effective in preventing the entry of invasive species at our airports. Decreasing invasive threats coming toHawai‘iresultsinfewerinvasivespeciesforfarmers to mitigate, thereby decreasing the cost of farming. FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE Strengthen Interisland Biosecurity Increase interagency monitoring of invasive species at airports for high priority pests such as the coqui frog, little fire ant, coconut rhinoceros beetle, and mosquitoes, which could carry diseases like West Nile Virus. Protect Hawai‘i’s Borders from Invasive Species Introductions Pursue public-private partnerships to establish joint federal-state cargo inspection facilities at ports. Revisit the state’s biosecurity plan to include new technologies to increase efficiencies and help prevent the introduction of new invasive pests into Hawai‘i. Eradicate High Priority Pests Eradicate the coconut rhinoceros beetle from O‘ahu and prevent its spread to other islands. Public-Private Partnerships Build on partnerships with other agencies as well as private and nonprofit groups to leverage resources and more effectively combat invasive species in Hawai‘i.
  • 45. CHARTING TOMORROW 45 HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
  • 46. CHARTING TOMORROW46 HEALTH Hawai‘i’s residents have some of the best health outcomes of any state in the nation. Overall, we compare favorably to U.S. average rates of heart disease, cancer and injuries. However, there are still some communities throughout the state that do not enjoy as favorable outcomes and have higher rates of preventable disease and poor health. The high cost of treating disease and injuries holds back economic development for individuals and society. Investments inpreventivecareandtransformationofourhealthcare system will produce better outcomes at lower cost. By also focusing on the social determinants of good health, raising education levels, building safe communities, and reducing poverty, we can achieve the best health for our citizens in the future. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
  • 47. CHARTING TOMORROW 47 ACHIEVEMENTS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE Health Insurance for All Hawai‘i Residents Hawai‘i is a leader in health insurance and has one of the lowest uninsured rates in the country, due to the 1974 Hawai‘i Prepaid Health Care Act. As elements of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) come fully online, we will work with the nonprofit Hawai‘i Health Connector board to seek regulatory flexibility with the federal government and ensure that processes for the Connector are congruent with Hawai‘i’s system, which has evolved over the last 40 years. Doing so will ensure that our state will maximize available ACA resources and strategies, as well as other local strategies, to further increase the proportion of our population with health insurance. Access to Care All Hawai‘i residents will have access to high quality healthcare in their community. Hospital-Based Services for Neighbor Islands Improve the public hospital system and hospital- based healthcare services for the neighbor islands. Build telehealth networks that are widely utilized. Since 2010, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has been building a statewide trauma system to improve the care of the injured and expand access to care throughout the state. Previously, we only had one trauma center in the state, at Queen’s Medical Center. Now, six hospitals, including each acute care hospital on the neighbor islands, have developed services leading to verification as Level III Trauma Centers. Hawai‘i received an “A” grade for public health and injury prevention and was the second highest ranking state in the country on the American College of Emergency Physicians Report Card on the status of emergency medicine nationwide. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
  • 48. CHARTING TOMORROW48 HEALTHCARE TRANSFORMATION Hawai‘i has long had one of the highest rankings for people with health insurance in the nation. With the help of the ACA, we will soon have close to universal coverage. Meanwhile, we are transforming our healthcare system to ensure high quality and affordability for all Hawai‘i residents. We are also investing in healthier communities through education, economic opportunities, local farming and our natural environment. ACHIEVEMENTS A comprehensive healthcare transformation plan for the state was completed in February 2014. FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE Ensure High Quality Across Hawai‘i’s Healthcare System Work with providers and insurers across the healthcare system to identify and work toward high quality goals so that every person who uses Hawai‘i’s healthcare system can be assured of the best possible care. Make Healthcare Affordable Now and in the Future Use public systems such as Medicaid to encourage widespread change in insurance payment practices to reward prevention, good quality and outcomes, and reduce duplication, waste and errors. Make Hawai‘i a Healthier Place Healthcare is not the only factor contributing to better health. Our investments in education, a strong economy and a supportive social environment, in addition to support for good nutrition and opportunities to play and exercise, will help Hawai‘i remain among the healthiest states in the country. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
  • 49. CHARTING TOMORROW 49 HOMELESSNESS Homelessness is a multi-faceted issue with no easy solutions. People become homeless for many different reasons: some face mental health or drug issues, and others are not able to make ends meet. We can end homelessness by permanently re-housing those who become homeless as soon as possible. For the sickest and most chronically homeless, housing them first and providing services is less expensive than what the government is currently paying in emergency calls, medical, police, jail, and court costs. Together, we can end homelessness by focusing on what works and by building bridges between our public, private, and community sectors. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
  • 50. CHARTING TOMORROW50 ACHIEVEMENTS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE Continued Collaboration Continue to work collaboratively using the Housing First model to end homelessness in Hawai‘i by making more housing units available for the chronically homeless. Affordable Housing Work to build more affordable housing units, rebuild low-income public housing units, and find affordable rental units to house the homeless. Support and Services Provide the homeless with the support and services they need to remain housed. Hawai‘i’s First Coordinator on Homelessness A coordinator on homelessness was appointed to coordinate efforts statewide.This has aided the federal, state and county governments, who are working with private providers on a common goal to end chronic homelessness through the Housing First model. Hawai‘i Interagency Council on Homelessness To reduce homelessness through collaboration and innovation, the governor’s coordinator on homelessness established and convened the Hawai‘i Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH), ensuring integration and coordination of services between the state, the counties, nonprofit providers, and federal partners at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Services for the Chronically Homeless In 2013, the State Department of Health was awarded a $2.1 million competitive grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide intensive case management and wrap-around services for the chronically homeless. Plan to End Homelessness The HICH adopted its Plan to End Homelessness, modeled after the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness plan. The plan and working committees are organized around the following priorities: »» Retooling the homeless crisis response system »» Increasing access to stable and affordable housing »» Increasing economic stability and self-sufficiency »» Improving health and stability Housing First For the first time in Hawai‘i, the federal, state, and county governments and private sector service providers are working together on a common goal to end chronic homelessness by using a national, evidence-based, best practice model called Housing First. In 2014, the Department of Human Services (DHS) was appropriated $1.5 million for Housing First. The legislature also appropriated $662,295 to HPHA, who was able to leverage $40,056,369 in additional federal funds that included funds for Section 8 vouchers. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
  • 51. CHARTING TOMORROW 51 KŪPUNA As our aging population grows dramatically, the state will have limited resources to address the many needs of older adults in Hawai‘i. To achieve significant progress, everyone involved in ensuring the well-being of Hawai‘i’s kūpuna – including the Executive Office on Aging (EOA), area agencies on aging, public and private elder health and social service providers, senior advocacy groups, and consumers – must be aligned and work toward the same vision and goals. No single entity can fully address the issues and challenges of the aging network. We are committed to achieving the vision of Hawai‘i as“the best place to grow older.” HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
  • 52. CHARTING TOMORROW52 ACHIEVEMENTS State of Active Aging Developed a report to create the foundation for reshaping state policy on aging, thus positioning Hawai‘i to transition into a State of Active Aging. Expanded Capacity to Provide More Services for Our Kūpuna Increased the EOA’s budget by 75 percent. The EOA provides policy and program development to build a system of supports for seniors and their family caregivers, so older adults may live in their own home for as long as possible. Helping Kūpuna Stay at Home for as Long as Possible »» Provided funds to continue healthy aging programs to prevent and delay the need for long-term support and services. These programs have demonstrated decreased visits to physician offices, emergency rooms, and hospitals; increased days spent performing physical activities by 26 percent; and reduced falls by 28 percent. »» Implemented the Community Living Program (CLP), which assists individuals who are at risk of nursing home placement and/or spending down their savings and financial resources. The program connects them with home and community-based services that enable them to continue to live in the community. Aging and Disability Resource Centers Developed Hawai‘i’s Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) to help older adults, individuals with disabilities, and family caregivers find options for long- term care and support services. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
  • 53. CHARTING TOMORROW 53 FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE Help Kūpuna Age Well Maximize opportunities for seniors to age well, remain active and enjoy quality lives while engaging in their communities. Help older adults remain fit – physically, nutritionally, mentally, financially, socially and civically. Create opportunities to actively engage seniors inter- generationally and continuously, thus contributing to the greater good and building a community for all ages. Address Abuse of Our Kūpuna Address the growing trend of senior exploitation, abuse and neglect. Long-Term Support and Service (LTSS) Information and Resources Develop a statewide ADRC system for kūpuna and their families to access and receive LTSS information and resources within their respective counties. Incorporate person-centered, consumer self-directed approaches into Hawai‘i’s LTSS system, develop new mechanisms for family caregiver support and respite and prioritize solutions to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. LTSS Financing Develop LTSS financing options that would prevent poverty and ensure economic security. An LTSS financing mechanism would spur growth of the silver-haired industry, affecting higher education and workforce development. It could also contribute to the state’s overall economy through the infusion of new revenue sources. In addition to public financing, preventive strategies to slow or reduce the rising costs of LTSS could begin with a concerted public-private initiative to identify the primary contributors to high costs and alternatives for reducing these costs. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
  • 54. CHARTING TOMORROW 54 CONCLUSION A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR HAWAI‘I Hawai‘i is at a crossroads. I believe our best days are ahead of us, but only if we resolve to work together and put aside our differences for the benefit of future generations. We have a choice. We can move forward on the course we’ve charted to a brighter future, a better tomorrow. • We can invest in our infrastructure to create jobs, improve our economy and ensure we’re prepared for the 21st century. • We can provide preschool for all children, giving future generations a head start on success. • We can provide more care, services and financial relief for our kūpuna in return for all they’ve given us. • We can create a more financially resilient and fiscally responsible government that can meet the needs of our citizens without mortgaging our future. • We can protect our environment while still supporting the needs of our growing population through clean energy, local food production and responsible development. Together, we’re charting a course to a better tomorrow.
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