COVID-19 News Releases

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

MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT:                     News Conference – International Travel/Safe Travels Hawaiʻi                 WHEN:                      Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. WHO:                       Governor David Ige with: Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara Sherilyn Kajiwara, administrator, Safe Travels Hawaiʻi DETAILS:                  Media questions will be taken through ZOOM, on audio only.  Please RSVP to [email protected] and include ...
Read More Office of the Governor Media Advisory: News Conference on International Travel—Safe Travels Hawai’i

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced the State of Hawaiʻi is safely open to vaccinated residents and visitors who are traveling domestically and between islands for business or pleasure, starting Nov. 1. The governor made the announcement in Kona today, at the opening of the permanent Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility at the Ellison ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige gives the greenlight to non-essential travel for fully vaccinated residents and visitors

For PHOTOS click here For VIDEO click here HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige issued the latest Emergency Proclamation Related to the State’s COVID-19 DELTA Response, keeping in place the Safe Travels program and statewide mask mandates. There are also no changes to the EP provision which allows for the extension of expirations for driver’s licenses ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige’s latest emergency proclamation extends driver’s license expirations, clarifies who pays for employee COVID testing

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