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After two years of anxiety, Hawai‘i is entering a new phase of the pandemic with some measure of hope. COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations are down and vaccinations are up. The governor has lifted the statewide indoor mask requirement and ended the Safe Travels Hawai‘i requirements for domestic travelers. And just in time for April’s ...
Read More From the governor: Good news, caution and hope

The latest sign that Hawai‘i is “learning to live with COVID” came when Governor Ige lifted the statewide indoor mask requirement at 11:59 p.m. March 25 when the emergency proclamation expired. But he and DOH officials are encouraging everyone to remain cautious since “we’re not out of the woods yet.” The governor said: “Together, we ...
Read More Indoor mask requirement lifted . . . with health advice

In case you missed it, there’s good news in time for summer travel: As of March 26, passengers arriving in Hawaiʻi from domestic points of origin don’t have to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a pre-travel negative test result. Incoming passengers also aren’t required to create a Safe Travels account or provide traveler ...
Read More Governor ends travel quarantine, Safe Travels Hawai‘i

What will the next phase of the pandemic look like for the state?  The answer depends on any new variants, but the good news is we know more about responding to COVID-19 than we did two years ago. In a March 7 legislative briefing, health director Dr. Libby Char and state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble ...
Read More DOH outlines plans as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves

The news was stunning and a major win for the state: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced on March 7 that the Navy will defuel and permanently close the Red Hill storage facility. “Throughout the process, we will work closely with the Hawai‘i Department of Health and with the Environmental Protection Agency to ...
Read More Navy announces it will defuel, permanently close Red Hill

With the approach of Earth Day, there’s never been a better time to explore the islands — either in person or virtually. To help, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has launched a new website upgrade to make it easier to find a whole host of resources specific to each island. The upgraded ...
Read More DLNR site offers new ‘Island Hubs,’ app for exploring

The largest volunteer-focused campaign in the state – also marking Earth Day April 22 — gets under way this month with Kanu Hawai‘i, multiple community partners and thousands of volunteers. The annual event is an opportunity to encourage people to engage with their communities and recognize volunteers for their year-round contributions. During April 17-23, residents, ...
Read More Earth Day and Volunteer Week Hawai‘i 2022

It was a celebration Queen Lili‘uokalani would have loved – filled with music, singing and keiki dancing hula. But the March 31 event marking the 175th anniversary of Washington Place was also a chance to step back in time, to bear witness to the residence’s place in history as a National Historic Landmark and home ...
Read More Celebrating 175th anniversary of Washington Place

Whether it’s International Women’s Day or April’s Earth Month, celebrating the contributions of women and girls around the world and close to home has never been more important.  That’s especially true as Hawai‘i has emerged as a global leader in fighting climate change and creating a healthier, more sustainable planet. On March 8, First Lady ...
Read More Inspirational women continue to make a difference

The good news for Hawai‘i: COVID-19 case counts are coming down. The challenge: How to keep us safe as we “learn to live with COVID” and how to position the state and its people for the future. Add to that the continuing Red Hill crisis and concerns for O‘ahu’s water supply. The governor and the ...
Read More From the governor: Preparing for better days ahead