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The state is launching a new job training program for up to 650 workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, using $10 million in federal CARES Act funds. The program, coordinated by the Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT), matches workers with companies in sectors such as conservation, renewable energy, agriculture, creative arts, aerospace, ...
Read More State announces worker training, PPE supply chain funds for small businesses

Several bills became law with the governor’s signature recently — from protecting the work of Hawai‘i’s musicians and managing climate change impacts on shorelines to fighting against domestic violence, abuse and unfair employment practices. They were all part of the state’s first virtual bill signings, which can be seen on Governor Ige’s Facebook page, to ...
Read More Virtual bill signings make history for state issues

Finding lifelines for Hawai‘i’s families in this pandemic — whether it’s access to food and other resources, free online “teachables,” or information from public health experts — is part of First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige’s mission. Each week on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FirstLadyofHawaii/, you can find practical advice and positive connections to help with some ...
Read More ‘Q & A Hawai‘i’: Reaching out in a pandemic

“Some compare fighting a pandemic to fighting a global war. . . . What I do know is that we cannot go wrong in following their example in the face of any adversity.” — Gov. David Ige at the 75th anniversary commemorating the end of WWII With those words, Governor Ige paid tribute to the ...
Read More A moving tribute to WW II veterans for 75th anniversary

HONOLULU – The COVID-19 pandemic considerably impacted visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands in August 2020. Visitor arrivals dropped 97.6 percent compared to a year ago, according to preliminary statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) Tourism Research Division. All passengers arriving from out-of-state during August were required to abide by a mandatory 14-day ...
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HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Public Safety (PSD) Health Care Division is working with the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) to conduct mass testing for COVID-19 at all correctional facilities statewide. The broad-based testing at the neighbor island jails is beginning with the staff. The Kauai Community Correctional Center staff were tested by the ...
Read More PSD NEWS RELEASE – Department of Public Safety COVID-19 update for 9/28/20.

KAHULUI – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises the public that intermittent delays for traffic signal improvements are possible at intersections in West Maui between 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, and 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. The improvements will be installation of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and battery backup systems at the following intersections: ...
Read More DOT News Release: West Maui traffic signal improvements begin Tuesday, September 29

The State of Hawaii Joins with CFTC to Charge Precious Metals Dealers in $185 Million Scheme Targeting Elderly Investors HONOLULU — The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Commissioner of Securities Ty Nohara announced today that the State of Hawaii is participating in a consolidated nationwide enforcement action to halt a fraudulent precious metals ...
Read More DCCA News Release: Hawaii Joins CFTC to Charge Precious Metals Dealers in 5M Scheme