by: Darren Pai
HONOLULU (KHNL) - Taking her oath of office for her second term as Hawaii's governor, Linda Lingle said the voters have a message for her.
"I would describe the election as a mandate from the public" Lingle said. "A mandate for both me and the Legislature."
She said she wants to move hawaii away from an economy based around land use and development.
"We will never catch today's global economic waves by developing our land," Lingle said.
The governor declined to be more specific but said she wants to focus on innovation.
"The magnitude and speed of change and innovation in the world today is so great that if we fail to move forwards, by definition we will be going backwards," Lingle said.
Lt. Gov. James Aiona said he wants to focus on supporting families. He also declined to discuss specifics but said he wants to commit more resources to programs aimed at preventing social and public health problems.
"We owe it to ourselves and more importantly to the children of the next generation to continually strengthen the first and vital cell of human development, values and direction, the family," Aiona said.
A sea of supporters turned out for Lingle's inauguration. She said they need to be ready for waves of change.