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Josh Green’s inauguration: Watch in person or online

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Big Island doctor and former Lieutenant Governor Josh Green will be sworn into the Governor’s Office on Monday morning, in a free ceremony open to the public.

Green will be inaugurated alongside fellow Democrat and Lieutenant Governor-elect Sylvia Luke at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena in Honolulu on O‘ahu.

The Blaisdell Center’s doors will open at 9 on Monday morning. A prelude beginning at 10:15 will precede the ceremony at 11.

Parking is available at the Blaisdell Center. Street parking is also available.

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The inauguration’s official website has posted the following event restrictions:

  • Bag check is required for all guests at the door. Please do not bring backpacks or large shopping bags.
  • Water bottles permitted. No food inside the arena.
  • Signs and banners are not permitted inside the arena.
  • Guests who RSVP’d should use the preferred entry line on the Ward Avenue side of the concourse.
  • Aloha attire encouraged.

‘Ōlelo Community Media will live-stream the ceremony on Facebook.

Green began work as a physician on Hawai‘i Island more than 20 years ago. He served in the State House and State Senate from 2004 to 2018, when he was elected to the office of lieutenant governor under Gov. David Ige.

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Green and Luke trounced their opponents, Republicans Duke Aiona and Seaula Tupai, in last month’s general election. The Green-Luke ticket garnered 261,025 votes (62.2%) to Aiona and Tupai’s 152,237 votes (36.3%).

Green’s 2022 campaign platform named lack of affordable housing as the State of Hawai‘i’s most pressing challenge. He also cited cost of living, homelessness, protecting the environment, rethinking tourism and Native Hawaiian concerns as other top priorities.

Late last month, the governor-elect appointed eight women to fill top positions within his new gubernatorial staff. Most recently, he announced 20 executive nominees to 14 state departments on Dec. 1.

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Scott Yunker
Scott Yunker is a journalist living on Kauaʻi. His work for community newspapers has earned him awards and inclusion in the 2020 anthology "Corona City: Voices from an Epicenter."
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