Ross Higashi, deputy director of the state Department of Transportation Airports Division, standing left, delivers welcoming remarks Tuesday while Gov. David Ige and first lady Dawn Amano Ige, state Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay and Mayor Derek Kawakami listen, during the blessing of the Lihu‘e Airport ticket lobby improvement project.
LIHU‘E — The last time Gov. David Ige visited Kaua‘i, it was March 2021. He came for a blessing of the Hanalei Hillside as state and county agencies began work to clear the mud-and-rock-covered Kuhio Highway to allow access to and from Kaua‘i’s North Shore communities.