Hawaii’s new governor holds first press conference – KITV – By Paul Drewes

During Monday’s inauguration celebration, David Ige talked about Hawaii’s future years from now. The new governor also outlined what will happen in the next few weeks, after being on the job for just a few hours.

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Ige starts his term as governor with a bang. A 19 cannon salute came after he was sworn in as Hawaii’s eighth governor.

“To actually be in that position and introduced as governor was very special for my family, friends and supporters,” said Ige.

Many in the crowd also expressed their excitement over the new administration.

“This is a very historical day. I’m hoping it’s a chance for a new change for Hawaii,” said Honolulu resident Cheryl Burghardt.

Johanson headshot -high res close up shot“A lot of people in the Legislature are excited to work with David Ige because he is very collaborative. Particularly for Republicans to make the case for best ideas and best policy, they may have greater resonance than one might have with other governors,” said House Minority Leader Aaron Ling Johanson.

Following the inauguration, Ige took time for handshakes, hugs and pictures with the crowd that lined up outside his office. Then it was back to work.

“This is the very first press conference of the new administration, so fire away,” said Ige.

Instead of firing, the governor’s first order of business is hiring. Only a few cabinet positions have been filled so far.

“We’ve been pleased by the quality of the candidates. We are focused on finding and putting together the best team that we can,” stated Ige.

The new governor said some current cabinet members and deputies are being held over to make for a smoother transition.

Ige also has his eye on the budget, especially because of reduced revenue projections.

On his first day on the job, the new governor said he is ready for the hard work ahead at the State Capitol. But when it comes to moving to Washington Place, there is one job he won’t do.

“My children Lauren, Amy and Matthew come back in about two weeks. So they have to clean their room and pack up their stuff. We’re not going to do it for them,” said Ige.

During his campaign, Ige promised to keep the public informed of what was happening at the State Capitol with weekly press conferences. He said even though he thinks we’ll eventually get tired of him, right now the governor plans to be available and accessible on a regular basis.

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