Capitol Connection

“The next few weeks are critical in this fight against COVID-19. The stay-at-home, work-from-home order is so important. It’s about all of us being respectful of each other. Working together, we will beat COVID-19.”                                                                                                                                   – Governor David Y. Ige A few months ago, who would have thought a strange, new virus would spread across ...
Read More Governor orders quarantine for arrivals, state shutdown

STAY UPDATED WITH NEW COVID-19 WEBSITE The state has launched a new website — www.hawaiicovid19.com — to equip residents and visitors with accurate, easy-to-understand information to help control the spread of COVID-19. It will serve as a hub for Hawai‘i’s coordinated community effort to combat the disease statewide. The public can also find daily updates ...
Read More Keep everyone safe: Do your part to slow the spread

Hawai‘i has dealt with hurricanes, floods and volcanic eruptions, but a global pandemic? “We need to come together as a community to fight this virus,” said Governor Ige. In his second supplementary emergency proclamation, the governor mandated 14-day quarantines for both residents and visitors arriving or returning to Hawai‘i as well as for those traveling ...
Read More State, counties on high alert as residents hunker down

Gov. David Ige has signed a fourth supplementary proclamation that requires all residents and visitors traveling between any of the islands in the state to self-quarantine for 14 days, with the exception of essential workers and those seeking medical care. All who travel inter-island will be required to fill out and sign an Interisland Declaration ...
Read More Emergency order to self-quarantine for inter-island travelers

There wasn’t a red carpet at Ewa Makai Middle School, but in the eyes of her students and colleagues, Miki Cacace is every bit a star. As Hawai‘i’s 2020 Milken Educator award winner — called the “Oscars” of teaching — Cacace received the surprise of her life and $25,000 March 10 for her dedication to ...
Read More A bright spot: Milken winner Cacace promotes creativity, compassion

For families looking to make the most of their time at home, First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige and state librarian Stacey Aldrich encourage everyone to visit the Hawai‘i State Library system’s user-friendly website at https://www.librarieshawaii.org. It offers ebooks, audio books and pre-K to 3rd grade interactive books with games for children. PBS Kids at https://pbskids.org has ...
Read More Free resources for families staying at home

The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) has a new digital form to apply for unemployment benefits that can be submitted 24 hours a day. DLIR has also increased its staff to handle the surge in applications. For phone application appointments, call 762-5752. The new claim form is at https://huiclaims.hawaii.gov/#/ DLIR is also looking ...
Read More Help available for the unemployed, small businesses

While Washington, D.C. still deals with political acrimony and gridlock, the nation’s governors are finding ways to work together — led, in part, by Governor Ige and Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas. Read about how the states are carving their own path to bi-partisanship, Hawai‘i’s monitoring of the coronavirus (COVID-19), support for the Joint Legislative ...
Read More Hawai’i responds to COVID-19, prepares for census

In a historic show of unity, the Hawai‘i State Legislature, Governor  Ige, and local business and community leaders are working together on a comprehensive set of bills to reduce the cost of living and create a Hawai‘i where everyone has the ability to thrive. Forty-eight percent of our households in Hawai‘i are “ALICE” (Asset Limited, ...
Read More Public support urged for Joint Legislative Package

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