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A year ago, no one could have imagined we’d be battling a global pandemic.Yet when we needed it most, Hawai‘i has stepped up. Healthcare heroes and first responders have put their lives on the line. The Department of Health and multiple state, county and federal agencies have helped keep us safe. Government agencies and community ...
Read More From the governor: Hope, challenges as vaccines arrive

What may be the largest immunization campaign in the history of the state is being rolled out by the state Department of Health, in partnership with the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i, healthcare facilities and other providers. The first doses in Phase 1a are designated for healthcare workers involved in direct patient care and residents and ...
Read More Update on state’s vaccination plans

The governor’s Pandemic Action Plan focuses on protecting public health, reviving the economy and strengthening our community. Finding the right balance has been part of the ongoing challenge for the governor and the four county mayors. From the start of the pandemic, the question has been, “How do we strike the right balance between public ...
Read More Making the Hawai‘i Pandemic Action Plan work

As the state mobilized to respond to COVID-19, people have turned to Hawai‘i’s Department of Health (DOH) for leadership and guidance for this mysterious new virus. DOH continues to update its HawaiiCovid19.com website and COVID-19 data dashboard to provide the latest information and advice to the public and support decision-making for schools, businesses and travel. DOH ...
Read More State, counties continue to protect public health

Transforming entire statewide education systems in a pandemic is no small feat, but Hawai‘i’s public schools and the University of Hawai‘i 10-campus system managed to do it. The Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) transitioned to distance instruction, guided by its Return to Learn: School Reopening Plan. Each school complex is deciding what fits its ...
Read More Schools and colleges pivot to deliver learning safely

Programs to help families, businesses survive: Even as DOH and community partners managed public health challenges, other state agencies mobilized to help those who lost their jobs, businesses that needed support and families struggling to survive. Much of the immediate aid came from federal Coronavirus Relief (CARES Act) funds received by the state. “Hawai‘i will ...
Read More Strengthening our community in the COVID crisis

Hawai‘i’s multi-layered Safe Travels program with pre-travel testing involving “trusted testing partners” will continue into 2021 as a way for residents and visitors coming into the state to avoid having to quarantine. The list of testing partners for both interisland and trans-Pacific keeps growing while the state continues to review how the program is working. ...
Read More Reviving the economy and planning for the future

Multiple state departments came together to respond to fast-changing COVID-19 conditions, case numbers, community concerns and federal guidelines. What the people didn’t see is the countless hours of coordination that went into developing and implementing programs such as Safe Travels and pre-travel testing, airport screening, quarantine and emergency proclamation enforcement, and system and staffing upgrades ...
Read More An all-hands-on-deck response from state agencies

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, its 11 divisions and four offices continued their work statewide but in health and safety-focused ways. State conservation officers worked seven days a week during the first surge to keep people safe and away from closed state parks and forest trails. The Division of Aquatic Resources developed spending ...
Read More Keeping people safe, making systems work for the public

Whether it’s vital resources for families, practical information from local experts or timely community news, First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige has turned her Facebook page into a place of hope. “In this pandemic, we need to rely on each other more than ever,” she said. “Our sense of ‘ohana and community concern are what will see ...
Read More First Lady’s Corner: Reaching out in a pandemic

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