Capitol Connection

Hawai‘i has been called “a rare COVID-19 success story” among states because of how we’ve managed the pandemic. So how do we keep our case counts low as we open for more business and traveler activity? And how do we help local residents and the economy recover as we figure out our “new normal”? Those ...
Read More New travel guidelines as the state moves forward

It’s not often you get to see Governor Ige and Hawai‘i’s four county mayors “zooming” together on Facebook Live, but that’s what has been happening on the governor’s “Community Connection” — a chance for the state’s top leaders to connect virtually and answer questions from the public. From vacation rentals and increasing broadband to their ...
Read More Sign of the times: Governor and four mayors Zoom in

The image of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd while he gasped, “I can’t breathe” was horrific enough. But for many — including Governor Ige, the state’s four mayors and others — President Donald Trump’s calls for military action in response to the peaceful protests that followed were “extremely ...
Read More State leaders join in protest of racial injustice

With the added concerns of COVID-19, residents are urged to prepare now for the 2020 hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30. “Hurricane season brings the very real threat of high winds, rain, storm surge, potential flooding, and landslides to the islands,” said Governor Ige. “There could be significant impacts, even if a hurricane doesn’t ...
Read More Prepare now for hurricanes

Friends and family can finally reconnect statewide with the lifting of the 14-day quarantine requirement for interisland travelers June 16. However, the move has come with changes in procedures to keep everyone safe and manage the flow of people. “Traveling interisland will be different, and we’re asking the community for support,” said the governor. “With ...
Read More ‘Ohana reconnect as quarantine lifts on interisland flights

It’s official: Starting Aug. 1, travelers to Hawai‘i can avoid the 14-day quarantine if they get a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a certified lab before departure. The mandatory quarantine would remain in place for anyone who didn’t get a certified negative test result. Traveling Hawai‘i residents could also qualify for quarantine exemption if ...
Read More Pre-travel test option offered for trans-Pacific travel starting Aug. 1

Ninety-three percent (93%) of the valid unemployment insurance claims have been processed and paid out – that’s nearly $1.7B. Still, many people have not received their payments. For those who are still frustrated because they have not received their benefits, here are common reasons for the delays and denials: Persons working full-time and therefore ineligible ...
Read More Questions about unemployment?

This month Hawai‘i’s citizens will participate in elections by mail (not just absentee ballots) for the first time in state history. Starting July 21, ballots will arrive in people’s mailboxes for the primary election Aug. 8. U.S. Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said, “Voting is the most basic right of a citizen —to ...
Read More Make your voice heard: Voting a hard-fought right

For those who have lost their health insurance because of COVID-19, the new Aloha Free Clinic in Kalihi offers a lifeline. Open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the clinic in the Kalihi Medical Center at 2055 N. King Street provides free primary care and medications — especially for those with chronic conditions — ...
Read More Aloha Free Clinic lives up to its name to provide health care

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