Capitol Connection

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past few months, it’s that no one has all the answers to fight COVID-19. That means we’re all part of the solution — from masking up and avoiding large gatherings to ramped-up testing and contact tracing to identify as many cases as possible. This issue highlights some ...
Read More The governor’s call to action: ‘We’re not pau yet’

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases on O‘ahu has resulted in a new two-week stay-at-home order, combined with an aggressive campaign for widespread testing, contact tracing, quarantining and isolation. The most recent “Stay at Home, Work from Home” order for O‘ahu, which went into effect Aug. 27, is similar to an earlier one issued by ...
Read More Surge testing and new restrictions to curb COVID-19

Fighting the pandemic is taking a new turn in Hawai‘i with a newly hired director of Disease Investigation, an expanded corps of investigators and contact tracers and a bigger workspace at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Dr. Emily Roberson, the Department of Health’s new branch chief, joined Governor Ige, HI-EMA director Kenneth Hara and DOH director ...
Read More Ramping up Hawaii’s corps of ‘disease detectives”

Gov. David Ige and Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) Acting Director Anne Eustaquio have announced that Hawaiʻi has been approved to participate in a new unemployment insurance plus up program called the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program. The program, under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was created by the president via a memorandum earlier this month in response to the July expiration of the unemployment $600 weekly benefit.  “This will ...
Read More Hawaiʻi approved for new unemployment bonus program

A 34-year-old single mom. A 45-year-old construction worker. This is Hawai‘i’s face of COVID-19 — a disease as insidious as it is deadly — infecting people of all ages, not just the elderly. As case counts grow, how do you convince people to take the virus seriously, mask up and keep their distance — no ...
Read More The human cost of COVID-19 hits home in Hawaiʻi

If you need crisis support, including help with COVID-19 isolation and quarantine, access to mental health resources and substance use treatment, Hawai‘i CARES is just a call away. The newly expanded “one-stop” hotline at 832-3100 or 1(800)753-6879 will connect you to advice and resources. “We’re here to listen and help you get through the challenges ...
Read More State offers ‘one-stop’ crisis hotline

After an impressive 21-year career at the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), director Pankaj Bhanot announced he was leaving his position Aug. 31 for health and family reasons. “I planned on leaving at the beginning of 2020 for health reasons, but due to COVID-19 I chose to stay to usher the department through these ...
Read More DHS’s Bhanot steps down; Betts named new director

Looking for a way to make a difference? The governor’s office is seeking qualified volunteers to fill vacancies on boards and commissions statewide. “Their service is critical for input to various sectors of our community,” said Governor Ige. “It’s an important way for Hawai‘i citizens to have an active voice in government. Everyone has something ...
Read More Making your voice count

A new online marketplace for local products is just a click away with the launch of a new website from the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The “Buy Hawai‘i, Give Aloha” site was created for businesses that have at least 75 percent of their products made in Hawai‘i.“Retail really has been hit ...
Read More New ‘Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha site

“Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.” — Anonymous If there were ever a time when all of us needed to keep learning and adapting, it’s now. From school and work routines to Zooming with friends, we’re all on a learning curve unlike anything we’ve faced before. With school schedules disrupted, what can families ...
Read More Family resources to keep learning, growing in tough times

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