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“Act with care” is the new watchword for Hawai‘i’s current phase — reopening the “kamaʻāina economy.” This phase depends on venues taking steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and Hawai‘i’s people “acting with care” to protect themselves and others by wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing. Now, more than ever, our safety depends ...
Read More From the governor: Reopening the ‘kama’aina economy’

In color-coded detail, Governor Ige unveiled a phased, long-term strategy for jumpstarting Hawai‘i’s economy while urging everyone to continue to protect each other. The “Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawai‘i” plan continues the reopening of the “kamaʻāina economy” in June, starting with medium-risk, followed by high-risk businesses. The list includes hair salons, restaurants for dining-in, gyms, places ...
Read More ‘Beyond Recovery’: A careful, phased approach

Farmers on six islands across the state sent heartfelt messages when they received word they were approved for emergency funds from the state Department of Agriculture (HDOA). A total of $470,000 through 202 grants from the Emergency Farmer Relief Program provided a lifeline for struggling farmers hit hard by COVID-19. HDOA chairperson Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, the ...
Read More Local farmers grateful for HDOA, community support

How do we stay safe in a COVID-19 world as we restart our economy?  That’s the question everyone is asking as we try to figure out our “new normal.” To get some answers, Capitol Connection talked with state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park and Dr. Edward Desmond, head of the Hawai‘i State Laboratories Division. Their answers ...
Read More A strategy to stay safe as we move to reopen Hawai’i

Testing. Contact tracing. Isolation. Sentinel surveillance. How do they all work together to control the spread of COVID-19? “They’re all tools in a toolbox — part of the bigger effort to protect the community,” said Dr. Sarah Park. The state’s comprehensive approach — together with the community’s own precautions — is keeping the case count ...
Read More A comprehensive public health plan

Who protects the protectors and their patients? For those who provide mental health services, the department of Health, Human Services, and the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG) have been coordinating the distribution of donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across the state. The Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness and his team are part ...
Read More Reaching out to essential workers and the most vulnerable

Whether it was a virtual ceremony, a caravan of cars or a series of YouTube videos, nothing seemed to dampen the spirits of the Class of 2020 and their families – not even a pandemic. Schools and colleges across the state found creative ways to celebrate their students’ accomplishments. Castle High graduate Kaile Au-Kanoa summed ...
Read More Honoring the Class of 2020

The 10 campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi system will be using both on-campus and online instruction for the fall 2020 semester starting Aug. 24, in what is being called a “COVID-19-aware approach” to keep students, faculty and staff safe, said UH President David Lassner. This includes steps to ensure social distancing and hygiene. “We ...
Read More UH prepares for fall return

A new program to provide rental relief for Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Applicant Waiting List beneficiaries launched last month in partnership with Aloha United Way. Eligible native Hawaiians on DHHL’s Applicant Waiting List who have experienced a loss of income as a result of COVID-19 may receive help for the payment of their security ...
Read More DHHL provides rental relief for waiting list beneficiaries

Good news for parents looking for a safe, virtual way to inspire a love of reading among their children. First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige has launched a weekly storytime on her Facebook page that people can access anytime. Mrs. Ige’s book choices combine positive messages with fun activities to help families enjoy their time together at ...
Read More First Lady’s Storytime mixes fun with love of reading

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