Traditional festivities and speeches were all canceled amid security concerns and the threat of COVID-19.
The state borrowed $700 million to pay unemployment benefits, but businesses may have to repay it.
With money tight, lawmakers are looking to the Biden administration and Congress to help shore up a huge deficit as the 2021 session opens this week.
Some lawmakers questioned the project, with one calling the maintenance costs a “nightmare.”
George Shimabuku, 84, is one of four Hawaii prisoners serving time in Arizona who died with the disease.
Ige’s chief of staff also suggests upping the “barrel tax” on fossil fuels to help balance the budget.
Inmates and staff at correctional facilities are being infected at a higher rate than anyone else.
The state Council on Revenues says Hawaii will collect $300 million more in taxes this year than previously projected.
Craig Hirai stressed that nothing is settled but dropped some hints about possible tax increases in a House Finance Committee hearing.