Hawaii Governor’s Economic & Community Navigator Announced

Governor David Ige today issued a Proclamation and announced Alan M. Oshima as the Hawaii Economic & Community Navigator. The newly created position in the Office of the Governor will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the Hawai`i Economic Stabilization, Recovery & Resiliency Plan, which will include three phases to recover from COVID-19: 1) Stabilization; 2) Recovery; and 3) Resiliency. 

The plan is a blueprint not only for saving critical economic and community pillars, but also charting a roadmap for Hawai`i’s new economic future.  The Economic and Community Recovery plan can be as significant as the initial Hawai`i State Plan, Ch. 226, HRS, enacted in the 1970’s which charted a course for a post-WWII, modern Hawai`i.

Also, as part of our nation’s effort to address the economic impact of COVID-19, the Federal government appropriated US$2 trillion to provide financial assistance to state and county governments, businesses, nonprofits and individuals. 

It is anticipated that Hawai`i will receive US$4.0 billion from the CARES Act for the following:

  • US$1.25 billion for state and county government response efforts
  • US$1.14 billion in estimated unemployment assistance
  • US$1.24 billion in estimated direct cash payments to Hawai`i residents
  • US$130 million in estimated funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • US$53 million for local schools and colleges
  • US$11 million for the state’s community health centers
  • US$8 million in community development block grants

Of the US$1.25 billion to Hawai`i governments (above), the State will receive US$900 million, and the City & County of Honolulu will receive US$350 million as part of Hawai`i’s economic relief and recovery efforts.  Future Federal stimulus packages appear on the horizon.

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William M. Kaneko

About William M. Kaneko

William Kaneko is a partner in the Honolulu office, where he advises clients on administrative law, government relations, public affairs, strategic planning, lobbying and community relations. He represents clients before government agencies at the federal, state and county levels. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for government relations law, and named one of Honolulu Magazine's Best Lawyers in Hawaii, every year since 2009. In 2014, 2017 and 2021, Best Lawyers named him Hawaii Lawyer of the Year for Government Relations.

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