GOVERNMENT & CIVICS

Hawaii is rich with culture and we need to find the appropriate ways to be sure we continue to cultivate that for generations to come.

Hawaii Business Change Reports

Change will happen when all citizens are involved

Government leaders, civic-minded citizens and business and nonprofit executives all must help initiate the changes needed in each of these areas. This report focuses on how government and our civic community must improve to help lead those changes.

Hawaii Community Foundation has partnered with Hawaii Business magazine to produce the CHANGE Reports.

Hawaii Business Change Reports

Committee Report - Government & Civics

In the next thirty years, Hawaii must build and maintain infrastructure, prepare for natural disasters and sea level rise, and meet public employee pension and retiree healthcare obligations. Facing these three challenges will cost over $88 billion. Overcoming these fiscal challenges with limited financial resources will require strategic vision, collaboration, and innovation.

This Committee on Government & Civic Engagement was tasked with examining the status of state and local government in Hawaii and proposing recommendations for change into the future.

Hawaii Executive Conference CHANGE Committee Report - Government & Civics

Hawaii Executive Conference Committees

The HCF CHANGE Framework was adopted at the 2018 Hawaii Executive Conference as a way to inspire leaders to collaborate for Hawaii

The Data

The CHANGE framework is a curated set of statewide data that begins to identify the gaps where help in our community is needed, opportunities where help will do the most good, and areas where sustainable data need to be gathered. By working from a common set of sustainable data, our community can create shared goals and consistently and reliably track the progress of our collective efforts over time.

Citizen Engagement and Participation

Citizen Engagement and Participation

The data for this subsector is calculated through four major indicators:

Voter Participation

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: 52.7% of registered voters turned out to vote in the 2018 general election
  • Reference Data Point: U.S.: 87%
  • Source: State of Hawaii Office of Elections (2018); Pew Research (2018)

Civic Health

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: 11% of residents contacted or visited a public official
  • Reference Data Point: U.S.: 11.4%
  • Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey - Supplemental Survey (2017)

Volunteering

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: 21% of residents volunteer
  • Reference Data Point: U.S.: 25%
  • Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey - Supplemental Survey on Volunteerism and Civic Life (2017)

Neighborliness

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: 7.1% of residents work with neighbors to do something positive for the neighborhood or community
  • Reference Data Point: U.S.: 7.6%
  • Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey - Supplemental Survey on Volunteerism and Civic Life (2017)
Effective and Accountable Government

Effective & Accountable Government

The data for this subsector is calculated through three major indicators:

Public Trust

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: 57% of residents have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the state government
  • Reference Data Point: U.S.: 58%
  • Source: Gallup Poll (2014)

Accountability & Transparency

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: Hawaii ranks #46 out of 50 states for online access to government spending data
  • Reference Data Point: Not available
  • Source: U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) (2018)

State Government Financial Health

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: State and county public worker retirement unfunded liabilities totaled $25 billion, which equates to $17,500 per resident
  • Reference Data Point: Not available
  • Source: Hawaii Budget & Policy Center, Report on Public Worker Retirement Costs (2017)
Strong Corporate Citizenship

Strong Corporate Citizenship

The data for this subsector is calculated through three major indicators:

Community Investments

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: Under construction
  • Reference Data Point: Under construction
  • Source: Under construction

Local Hiring or Job Training for Immediate Employment Programs

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: Under construction
  • Reference Data Point: Under construction
  • Source: Under construction

Local Procurement

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: Under construction
  • Reference Data Point: Under construction
  • Source: Under construction
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

— MARGARET MEAD