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This month Hawai‘i’s citizens will participate in elections by mail (not just absentee ballots) for the first time in state history. Starting July 21, ballots will arrive in people’s mailboxes for the primary election Aug. 8. U.S. Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said, “Voting is the most basic right of a citizen —to ...
Read More Make your voice heard: Voting a hard-fought right

For those who have lost their health insurance because of COVID-19, the new Aloha Free Clinic in Kalihi offers a lifeline. Open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the clinic in the Kalihi Medical Center at 2055 N. King Street provides free primary care and medications — especially for those with chronic conditions — ...
Read More Aloha Free Clinic lives up to its name to provide health care

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, announced today it is seeking a new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The HTA Board of Directors, which is made up of 12 members, is tasked with selecting the leader of the agency responsible for managing tourism in Hawaii. Current HTA President and ...
Read More HTA News Release: Search Begins for New Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO

June 25, 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War in which nearly 6 million Americans fought. About 25,000 of them were from Hawai‘i with over 400 killed in action and over 900 wounded. In observance of the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, we honor the veterans ...
Read More Korean War Remembrance Day (June 25, 2020)

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Harbors Division will defer the scheduled three-percent tariff increase on the orders of Governor David Ige. The tariff increase was scheduled to take effect on July 1 and would have been applied to port entry fees, vessel dockage, wharfage, pipeline tolls, and other fees associated with cargo ...
Read More DOT News Release: Governor Ige defers scheduled harbor tariff increase

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has approved Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s proposal to allow singing and/or playing of wind instruments at indoor and outdoor restaurants/bars, with some restrictions. Performers who sing or play wind instruments must keep a distance of at least 10 feet from other people. Performers who sing or play wind instruments need not wear ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — Governor Ige approves City & County of Honolulu’s request for singers, musicians to perform at restaurants, bars

HONOLULU — The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced updated unemployment insurance claims information, including paying $1,727,662,401 since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic on March 1, 2020. “Ninety percent (93%) of the valid unemployment insurance claims that have come in since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic have been processed and ...
Read More DLIR News Release: State Releases Updated Unemployment Insurance Information

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced today all travelers arriving in Hawai‘i from out-of-state will be required to get a valid COVID-19 test prior to their arrival, and to show proof of a negative test result, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. The pre-travel testing program begins Aug. 1. Out-of-state travelers arriving in Hawai‘i must get ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release — State to launch COVID-19 pre-travel testing program for out-of-state travelers August 1