State of Hawai‘i – Departments

Office of the Governor – David Y. Ige, Governor
The Governor is the chief executive of the State of Hawai‘i and ensures that all laws of the state are executed. The Governor is responsible for state agencies, as well as establishing the goals of the state and outlines ways to reach those goals.

Office of the Lt. Governor – Joshua Green, Lt. Governor
The Lt. Governor serves as Secretary of State for intergovernmental relations of the State of Hawai‘i, and leads the Hawai‘i Fair Share Initiative. Additionally, the Lt. Governor acts in place of the Governor when the Governor is out of state.

Office of Enterprise Technology Services  (ETS)
ETS is leading the business and technology transformation efforts for the State of Hawai‘i.

Douglas G. Murdock, Chief Information Officer

Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS)
DAGS is responsible for managing and supervising a wide range of State programs and activities.

Curt T. Otaguro, Comptroller
Audrey Hidano, Deputy Comptroller

Department of Agriculture (DOA)
The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture works to support, enhance and promote Hawai‘i’s agriculture and aquaculture industries.

Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, Chairperson
TBD, Deputy to the Chair

Department of the Attorney General (AG)
The Attorney General is the chief legal officer and chief law enforcement officer of the State of Hawai‘i.

Clare Connors, Attorney General
Dana Viola, First Deputy Attorney General

Department of Budget and Finance (B&F)
The Department of Budget and Finance develops near- and long-term financial plans and strategies for the State, and provides programs for the improvement of management and financial management of State agencies.

Rod Becker, Director of Finance
Robert Yu, Deputy Director 

Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT)
The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism is Hawai‘i’s resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation information, and foreign trade advantages.

Mike McCartney, Director
Mary Alice Evans, Deputy Director

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA)
DCCA’s goals are to promote a strong and healthy business environment while protecting the community from unfair and deceptive business practices.

Catherine P. Awakuni “Cat” Colón, Director
Jo Ann M. Uchida Takeuchi, Deputy Director

Department of Defense (DoD)
The mission of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Defense, which includes the Hawai‘i National Guard (HING) and State Civil Defense (SCD), is to assist authorities in providing for the safety, welfare, and defense of the people of Hawai‘i.

Major General Arthur Joseph “Joe” Logan, Adjutant General and Director of Civil Defense
Brigadier General Kenneth S. Hara, Deputy Adjutant General

Department of Education (DOE)
The commitment to a quality education for all of Hawai‘i’s children.

Christina Kishimoto, Superintendent
Phyllis Unebasami, Deputy Superintendent

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL)
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is responsible for administering the Hawaiian home lands program as established by Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole. DHHL continues to strive for Prince Kuhio’s vision of returning native Hawaiian people to the land and developing healthy, self-sufficient Hawaiian communities, through the many benefits and programs it offers.

Jobie M. K. Masagatani, Chairperson
William J. Aila, Jr., Deputy to the Chair

Department of Health (DOH)
The mission of the Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawai‘i .

Bruce Anderson Ph. D., Director
Cathy Ross, First Deputy Director
Edward Mersereau, Deputy Director for Behavioral Health Administration
Keith E. Kawaoka, Deputy Director for the Environmental Health Administration
Danette Wong Tomiyasu, Deputy Director for Health Resources Administration

Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD)
The Department of Human Resources Development shall provide timely and responsive leadership, resources, and services to fully support the State in the recruitment, management, and retention of a high-performing workforce.

Ryker Wada, Director
Jason Minami, Deputy Director

Department of Human Services (DHS)
The Department of Human Services is committed to providing timely, efficient and effective programs, services and benefits that empower Hawaii’s most vulnerable people to expand their capacity for self-sufficiency, self-determination, independence, healthy choices, quality of life, and personal dignity.

Pankaj Bhanot, Director
Catherine Betts, Deputy Director

Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR)
The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) is responsible for ensuring and increasing the economic security, well-being, and productivity of Hawai‘i’s workers.

Scott T. Murakami, Director
Leonard Hoshijo, Deputy Director

Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)
The Department of Land and Natural Resources mission is to seek, develop, and implement cost-effective strategies for the long-term sustainable management, maintenance, protection and utilization of existing and potential ocean, land, natural and cultural resources of the state of Hawai‘i.

Suzanne Case, Chairperson
Robert K. Masuda, First Deputy to the Chair
Kaleo Manuel, Deputy for the Commission on Water Resource Management

Department of Public Safety (PSD)
Department of Public Safety oversees the state’s Corrections Division, which includes state prisons and community correctional facilities, as well as the Law Enforcement Division, including the Narcotics, Protective Services and Sheriffs Divisions.

Nolan Espinda, Director
Jodie F. Maesaka-Hirata, Deputy Director of Corrections
Renee Sonobe-Hong, Deputy Director of Law Enforcement
Maria Cook, Deputy Director of Administration

Department of Taxation (DoTAX)
The mission of the Department of Taxation is to administer the tax laws for the State of Hawai‘i in a consistent, uniform, and fair manner.

Lina Chu Takayama, Director
Damien A. Elefante, Deputy Director 

Department of Transportation (DOT)
Department of Transportation is responsible to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain State facilities in all modes of transportation, including air, water, and land. Coordination with other State, County, and Federal programs is maintained in order to achieve the objective.

Jade Butay, Director
Derek Chow, Deputy Director for Harbors
Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director for Highways
Ross Higashi, Deputy Director for Airports
Lynn A.S. Araki-Regan, Deputy Director for Administration

University of Hawai‘i (UH)
The University of Hawai‘i System includes 10 campuses and dozens of educational, training and research centers across the Hawaiian Islands. As the public system of higher education in Hawai‘i, UH offers opportunities as unique and diverse as our Island home.

David Lassner, President
Kalbert Young, Vice President for Budget and Finance/Chief Financial Officer