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HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) issued a request for proposals in October for a contractor to provide tourism destination brand marketing and management services for the United States, Hawaiʻi’s largest market of visitors, commencing January 1, 2022. At the end of a months-long process, an initial award was rescinded in December by DBEDT ...
Read More DBEDT News Release: PROPOSALS TO BE RE-SOLICITED FOR HAWAIʻI TOURISM MARKETING & MANAGEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation temporarily suspending an upcoming provision in Hawaiʻi’s Sunshine Law that would have mandated at least one in-person location be held for public meetings. Act 220, SLH 2021, which was passed and signed by the governor earlier this year, allows meetings to be conducted remotely, while ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige signs emergency proclamation, allows virtual public meetings to continue as COVID-19 cases rise

HONOLULU – COVID-19 testing is continuously being conducted in the state prisons and jails as well as in the contracted Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, AZ. The latest testing updates received for the correctional facilities are as follows: Oahu Community Correctional Center – 100 inmate test results: 23 positive, 77 negative. Two (2) positive staff test ...
Read More PSD News Release: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY COVID-19 UPDATE

HONOLULU – The State of Hawai`i Department of Human Services (DHS), Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD) announced today that beginning January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022, the interview requirement for new applications and renewals will be waived for: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) General Assistance (GA) DHS ...
Read More DHS News Release: DHS RECEIVED FEDERAL APPROVAL TO TEMPORARILY WAIVE INTERVIEWS FOR SNAP AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS

(HONOLULU) – Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, it will be illegal to knowingly capture, entangle, or kill any species of shark in State marine waters. Act 51 (House Bill 533) passed in the last legislative session. Brian Neilson, Administrator of the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) said, “We are  well aware of how important sharks ...
Read More DLNR News Release: SHARK FISHING IN HAWAI‘I IS BANNED BEGINNING SATURDAY

Just when we thought we had seen the worst of an already tough year, Hawai‘i has been hit with the Omicron variant and O‘ahu’s challenges with the Navy’s Red Hill fuel tanks. But crisis after crisis, when it mattered most, government agencies and the community found solutions. We forged ahead with the Ige administration’s priorities ...
Read More From the governor: Hope, challenges for the future

When it comes to the pandemic, it’s no small thing to say “Lucky you live Hawai‘i.” We still have one of the nation’s lowest COVID-19 mortality rates, a high vaccination rate and a community willing to take precautions to keep people safe. During this time, DOH mobilized a broad pandemic response that’s been called among ...
Read More Health Department: Leading the way to keep people safe

Throughout the pandemic, the Department of Land and Natural Resource’s work has been both front and center and behind-the-scenes, but its goals remain the same: to protect Hawai‘i’s people and natural resources. Together with the state’s energy and planning offices as well as legislative support, Hawai‘i achieved in 2021 a record number of “firsts” that ...
Read More Land and Natural Resources: Protecting the islands we love

DHS extends lifelines for individuals and families – For those hardest hit by the pandemic, the state Department of Human Services (DHS) met the major surge in demand to ensure people had access to food, healthcare and childcare. This included a 32% increase in Medicaid enrollees since March 2020. The program now provides coverage for ...
Read More Meeting pandemic challenges to help families survive

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