Capitol Connection

If Hawai‘i is going to survive climate change, it will be up to us and future generations to lead the way. Much of the work falls to the state’s natural resource specialists who sometimes risk their own lives to protect “the rarest of the rare” native species. From hiking Maunakea’s frigid slopes and rappelling Waimea ...
Read More Protecting Hawai‘i – from the mountains to the sea

Congratulations, Hawai‘i! We’ve survived another year of COVID-19, managed the Delta surge and vaccinated nearly 71.1% (adjusted on 11/29) of our state’s population. Although we need to stay vigilant, Hawai‘i continues to have one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the nation. We’ve worked hard together to reach this point, with the hope of ...
Read More From the governor: A new phase and climate action

The state Department of Health’s push for free COVID-19 vaccinations continues, especially among children recently approved to receive the Pfizer vaccine. “The priority right now is getting those 5 to 11 years old vaccinated to help further mitigate the spread of COVID in our community and help us get back to where we want to ...
Read More DOH urges vaccinations for keiki and boosters for adults

Effective Nov. 8, international travelers are subject to new federal requirements, with air carriers responsible for screening passengers prior to departure. “International travelers are required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test administered within 72 hours of departure,” said Governor Ige. However, additional travel restrictions have been announced related ...
Read More New international travel, local COVID-19 rule changes

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) is opening offices statewide, with services for all programs available Wednesdays through Fridays. Telephone appointments for general unemployment insurance and claims adjudication will continue on Mondays and Tuesdays. Those seeking in-person services must show proof of full vaccination or testing prior to entry at all offices ...
Read More DLIR opens offices statewide for in-person service

Hawai‘i is one of six states to receive up to $100,000 for digital literacy as part of a National Governors Association Workforce Innovation Network. The grant will be used to create a plan to advance digital skills statewide. “This grant supports our vision of a diversified economy with a focus on digital access and equity,” ...
Read More NGA grant for digital job skills

More funds for affordable housing and new lots for DHHL homestead leases . . . public school improvements statewide .  . . projects for hospitals, airports and public safety.  Those are just some of the uses for the $365 million in capital improvement funds appropriated by the legislature and released by the governor recently. For ...
Read More 5 million in Capital Improvement Projects

Pledges are easy; achieving them is a lot harder. But on a world stage such as last month’s COP26, the UN climate change conference in Scotland, Hawai‘i was recognized for producing real results as a leader in the climate change effort. Governor Ige and a delegation of environmental advocates showed how a small island state ...
Read More COP26: Hawaii wins praise for action in climate crisis

“How many wake-up calls do we need? The challenge is to save ourselves from ourselves.” — UH system student “Every college wants to graduate students who change the world, but let the UH system be the college that graduates students who save the world.” — Rebecca Tang, Kapi‘olani CC sustainability certificate graduate “Worry and hope. ...
Read More ‘Worry and hope’: Producing students to save the world

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