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What will it take for more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19? The answer seems to be at the grassroots — from local folks talking to friends and family about the risks of infection to community leaders calling for people to get vaccinated NOW. Sure, masks and physical distancing can help. Testing helps. But vaccination ...
Read More From the governor: Vaccinations, testing to save lives

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) continues to urge that the unvaccinated be given priority for the COVID-19 vaccine and recommends that priority for Pfizer booster shots be given to those 65 and older and those 50 to 64 who have underlying medical conditions.  “We will have enough booster shots for everyone, but please allow ...
Read More State issues guidelines for Pfizer boosters; prioritizes first shots and kūpuna

If daily headlines have left you concerned and confused, here are some excerpts and additional information from a Sept. 15 legislative briefing by Dr. Libby Char and Dr. Sarah Kemble of the state Department of Health (DOH) to answer some of your questions. To see  the briefing, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVedQFuneWE. Community hospital status, oxygen supply ...
Read More DOH provides latest updates in the COVID-19 fight

 So far, more than 216,000 people have signed up for the new state-issued digital SMART Health Card, unveiled by Governor Ige last month. “Participation is purely voluntary, but it makes it easier for patrons to present proof of vaccination at restaurants, gyms and other businesses that require it,” he said. “It’s another step toward protecting ...
Read More SMART Health Card launched, along with other measures

We’ve all heard the bizarre tales being spread over social media about COVID-19 vaccines — from microchips being implanted to people becoming magnetic — along with other rumors. That’s why Dr. Keawe Kaholokula, as chair of Native Hawaiian Health at UH Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), worked with the Office of Hawaiian ...
Read More Mythbusting in the pandemic and our kuleana

“We can create a better world. We just have to make it a priority and work for it.” That message drove the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress, Sept. 3-11, in France and underscored why global events like it are so important. We’ve heard the dire warnings before, but natural disasters over the past few months ...
Read More Hawai‘i’s message to the world on climate change

People helping people. If the pandemic has left you wondering whether we still care about each other, take heart. These projects show there’s still plenty of aloha in the islands and people willing to go the extra mile for others. First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige has been actively involved in three efforts — Kaukau 4 Keiki, ...
Read More Grassroots efforts provide hope on many fronts

Work has begun on the new 224-unit Kokua Senior Living affordable rental tower on Alakea and S. Beretania streets in downtown Honolulu. The units will be marketed to seniors 55 years and older who have annual household incomes between 30 to 60% of the area median income, with rents beginning at $634 a month. “Even ...
Read More Kokua Senior Living affordable project breaks ground

Governor Ige has announced the release of $601,940,684 for Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) funded between April and August 2021. The list of critical public infrastructure projects across the state can be found here. The projects range from school upgrades and broadband expansion to airport, highway and conservation improvements. “We’re building on the efforts of previous ...
Read More Governor announces nearly 2 million for state projects

State employees are leading by example in vaccination and compliance, according to figures released recently by the Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD). Nearly 90% of 14,000 state employees from the executive branch are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, according to the updated figures. (This does not include Department of Education and University of Hawaii employees.) ...
Read More Nearly 90 percent of executive branch state employees are vaccinated