Gov. David Ige headed to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, to attend the National Governors Association’s winter meeting.
The governor will join other governors from across the country to discuss a wide range of topics that are important to the future of the State of Hawai‘i. The topics include energy, early childhood education, transportation, homeland security, cybersecurity, public safety, healthcare reform, conservation management and species preservation.
The governor will also meet with various members of the new administration to discuss energy, transportation, defense and homeland security.
First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige is scheduled to participate in an NGA panel discussion on the evolving role of governor’s spouses in the 21st century.
The NGA is a bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors that promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a collective voice on national policy.
The governor and first lady will be traveling with two staff members. The total cost of the trip is approximately $13,300.
Gov. Ige returns to Hawai‘i on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui will serve as acting governor while Gov. Ige is out of state.