Goals and Vision

The State of Hawaiʻi is committed to affordable access to high-speed Internet for all residents. In collaboration with Governor Josh Green, M.D., Lieutenant Governor Sylvia Luke has launched Connect Kākou with partners from the Hawaiʻi Broadband and Digital Equity Office (HBDEO), the University of Hawaiʻi (UH), the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), and multiple state and county agencies. Connect Kākou encompasses all broadband efforts across the state, totaling more than $400 million in federal resources.

Funding will largely be dedicated towards middle mile and last mile infrastructure developments with priority given to locations without any Internet service, underserved locations (those with speeds consistently under 100/20 Mbps), rural and high-cost communities, and covered populations (e.g., low-income households, aging, incarcerated, veterans, individuals with disabilities, those with a language barrier, individuals of a racial or ethnic minority, and individuals residing in rural areas), as well as digital literacy skills development.

To summarize, our goals for the State are:

  1. High-speed Internet availability for all;
  2. Affordable access for all; and
  3. Digital literacy skills for all

This broadband investment is a once in a generation occurrence and is a chance for Hawaiʻi to ensure that Internet connectivity goals historically outlined in a 2008 Task Force Report, both editions of the Strategic Broadband Report, and most recently, our Five-Year Action Plan, are met.

Our Team

Garret Yoshimi, Broadband Director and VPIT/CIO of the University of Hawaiʻi
Susan Hirai, State Broadband Grant Program Coordinator
Sara Lin, Broadband Communications Specialist
Kiman Wong, Broadband Infrastructure Architect
Micah Chao, Broadband Data Specialist
Krystal Lopez, Broadband Research Analyst