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HONOLULU – Hawaiʻi Department of Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP released the following statement on the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent: “This week, COVID-19 took the lives of 19 Hawaiʻi residents. Over 9,000 of our family, friends, and neighbors are sick with COVID. The tragedy of this spike in cases is that by and ...
Read More DOH News Release: DOH Statement on the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent

(Honolulu) – Beginning on Wednesday September 1st, Diamond Head State Monument (DHSM) will now be open seven days a week. The hours of operation will remain the same, 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last hike). Gates will be closed at 6:00 p.m. Due to Covid-19 protocols, mask-wearing is required in interior/crowded areas within DHSM. Hawai’i ...
Read More DLNR News Release: Diamond Head state monument will now be open seven days a week

HONOLULU – The Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) has released state employee vaccination numbers and found that as of Aug. 16, 87.6% of the state’s approximately 14,000 employees are fully vaccinated. (Note: This does not include Department of Education and University of Hawaiʻi employees). In addition, 4.8% of state employees are partially vaccinated and ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: State sees 87.6% fully vaccinated rate, 98.6% compliance rate among employees

“The fight has changed.” That stark assessment from Dr. Libby Char, Department of Health director, underscores the urgency of the moment as Hawai‘i and the rest of the nation battle the highly transmissible Delta variant. Protests about personal freedoms pale against the alarming case counts, hospital beds filled with younger, unvaccinated patients, healthcare worker shortages, ...
Read More From the governor: It’s up to all of us to stop the surge

The Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people 16 and older. The Aug. 23 action provides additional assurance for anyone waiting to get their shots and is expected to clear the way for vaccine requirements by numerous organizations. Also, with the surge in COVID-19 cases, Governor Ige is ...
Read More Pfizer vaccine gets full FDA approval; governor advises against travel

The news couldn’t be more horrifying: Hawai‘i is seeing thousands of people infected with COVID-19 — more than any other time since the pandemic began. Just a few weeks ago, Hawai‘i had some of the lowest case counts in the nation. So what happened?  The highly contagious Delta variant hit our shores and has torn ...
Read More Dr. Libby Char issues COVID warning: ‘We are on fire’

Here are some of the sobering facts about the Delta variant that need repeating to family, friends and anyone who will listen: This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated – More than 90% of residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, say state officials. But there have also been reports of breakthrough cases, increasing the risk ...
Read More The hard truth: ‘The community is giving it to each other’

Alarming case numbers from the fast-moving Delta variant, combined with slowing vaccination rates despite community campaigns, compelled Governor Ige and the county mayors to make the tough call: All state and county employees now need to provide proof of vaccination or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing. Free testing sites are available, but if not ...
Read More State, county actions to curb Delta variant spike

What if you could attract some of the state’s most innovative educators and community partners and provide them with enough support to make a difference for students and whole communities? That was Governor Ige’s vision when he and his Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) advisory group issued the call for creative, collaborative approaches to education. ...
Read More Getting in GEER: Good news for students, communities