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Who protects the protectors and their patients? For those who provide mental health services, the department of Health, Human Services, and the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG) have been coordinating the distribution of donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across the state. The Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness and his team are part ...
Read More Reaching out to essential workers and the most vulnerable

Whether it was a virtual ceremony, a caravan of cars or a series of YouTube videos, nothing seemed to dampen the spirits of the Class of 2020 and their families – not even a pandemic. Schools and colleges across the state found creative ways to celebrate their students’ accomplishments. Castle High graduate Kaile Au-Kanoa summed ...
Read More Honoring the Class of 2020

The 10 campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi system will be using both on-campus and online instruction for the fall 2020 semester starting Aug. 24, in what is being called a “COVID-19-aware approach” to keep students, faculty and staff safe, said UH President David Lassner. This includes steps to ensure social distancing and hygiene. “We ...
Read More UH prepares for fall return

A new program to provide rental relief for Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Applicant Waiting List beneficiaries launched last month in partnership with Aloha United Way. Eligible native Hawaiians on DHHL’s Applicant Waiting List who have experienced a loss of income as a result of COVID-19 may receive help for the payment of their security ...
Read More DHHL provides rental relief for waiting list beneficiaries

Good news for parents looking for a safe, virtual way to inspire a love of reading among their children. First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige has launched a weekly storytime on her Facebook page that people can access anytime. Mrs. Ige’s book choices combine positive messages with fun activities to help families enjoy their time together at ...
Read More First Lady’s Storytime mixes fun with love of reading

If you’re looking to escape to your nearest Hawai‘i state park, check the list at https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/ for which ones are open or closed. The reopening of certain state parks comes with an emphasis on physical distancing and exercise, but with continued restrictions on gatherings for larger groups. In fact, Department of Land and Natural Resources ...
Read More DLNR: Keep moving for health

Governor Ige approves emergency rules for counties of Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi May 28, 2020 HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today approved requests from Mayor Harry Kim and Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami to safely re-open more businesses and operations under guidelines that will ensure the health, safety and welfare of the people in Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release — Governor Ige approves emergency rules for counties of Hawaii and Kauai