COVID-19 News Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced that the state is ending the travel quarantine and the Safe Travels Hawaiʻi program after the current emergency period ends on Mar. 25. Beginning at 12:01 am, Mar. 26, passengers arriving from domestic points of origin will not have to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a pre-travel ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige announces end to travel quarantine, Safe Travels Hawaiʻi in late March

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced that the Safe Travels Hawai‘i program will remain unchanged at this time, and booster shots will not be required for “up-to-date” vaccination status for individuals traveling to Hawai‘i. “In making this decision, we considered declining COVID-19 case counts in Hawai‘i, the continental U.S. and Europe. Hospitalizations have also dropped. ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Booster shots will not be added to Safe Travels Hawaiʻi requirements

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has signed the latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation, keeping in place current COVID restrictions and officially adding cruise ship passengers to the list of travelers who must abide by Safe Travels Hawaiʻi requirements. Cruise ships have already been following Safe Travels requirements through port agreements with the State of Hawaiʻi – ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige issues new COVID-19 emergency proclamation, keeping current rules in place

For video click here For photos click here HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today said the State of Hawaiʻi allocated all the $1.6 billion received last May, from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The ARPA funds were  to be used for emergency response stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID resulted in a global ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Gov. Ige releases list of ARPA Coronavirus State Federal Relief Fund expenditures

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation to temporarily suspend the statutory requirement for the annual initial impaneling of grand juries by January 15. The temporary suspension gives the courts more time to safely enlist grand juries amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the State of Hawaiʻi. The proclamation will remain ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: COVID-19 surge prompts suspension of initial impaneling requirement for grand juries

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

Link to News Conference Slides Link to Photos Link to Video HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige unveiled his Executive Supplemental Budget for 2021-23, requesting that the Hawaiʻi State Legislature continues to support crucial programs that aim to ease current challenges facing the State of Hawaiʻi. The state budget is the single most important document developed ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige’s budget calls for increased funding for pandemic response, critical services

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi National Guard cancelled today’s ceremony marking the drawdown of the Hawaiʻi National Guard Joint Task Force (HING JTF) that supported COVID-19 response. The decision to cancel the ceremony and to reestablish the HING JTF was made by Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, the adjutant general for the State of Hawaiʻi as the ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Hawaiʻi National Guard Joint Task Force to be reestablished as COVID-19 cases increase

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has signed the latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation, setting the stage for the next phase of state and county measures. “While we are moving forward with updated emergency measures, we must remain vigilant. The Omicron variant will likely be detected in the United States,” said Gov. Ige. “Hawaiʻi has a robust ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige signs latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation, confirms Omicron variant not yet detected in Hawaiʻi

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and the county mayors today announced the next phase of state and county measures related to COVID-19. The following basic measures have proven to be effective and will remain unchanged in the next emergency proclamation relating to COVID-19: The Hawaiʻi Safe Travels Program; The indoor mask mandate; The vaccination or ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Next phase of state and county COVID-19 measures announced

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