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Flushing and monitoring of contaminated water from the Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility continues, amid a pending court challenge by the Navy and calls to permanently decommission the tanks. Although the state Department of Health has declared that residents in Zones I1 and A1 can use their water for all purposes, Governor Ige and ...
Read More DOH amends Red Hill advisory but remains vigilant

The Safe Travels Hawai‘i program remains unchanged for now, and booster shots are not required for “up-to-date” vaccination status for anyone traveling to Hawai‘i, Governor Ige has announced. All four county mayors, the state Department of Health (DOH) and visitor industry leaders coordinated closely in making this decision, which took into account declining COVID-19 case ...
Read More Boosters not added to Safe Travels requirements

What should I do if I test positive? What if I’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive? Who can get a booster shot?  Those questions and many others can be answered by calling the new, free COVID-19 hotline at (808) 586-8332 or toll-free at 833-711-0645. “The hotline provides information about isolation, ...
Read More New, free COVID-19 hotline, ‘Our Best Shot Hawai‘i’ site available

People to people. That’s how members of the Broadband Hui are galvanizing whole communities to connect them to online services and provide the training they’ll need for school, work, healthcare and nearly every aspect of daily living.  “What the pandemic helped us realize is that we’ve got to have the internet connection, the hardware, the ...
Read More Broadband: Connecting people so no one gets left behind

Once upon a time, a homeless fellow on Maui wrote a novel on a library computer. It got published and he’s not living in his car anymore. Then there’s the little girl who didn’t like books until a librarian read to her during storytime. Or what about the tutu whose grandkids gave her a Kindle ...
Read More Bridging the digital divide at a library near you

A federal program to help low-income households pay for internet service is available now. Under the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), eligible households can receive up to $30 a month to pay for broadband service. Qualifying lessees on Hawaiian Home Lands may apply for a benefit of up to ...
Read More New Affordable Connectivity Program to expand access

The new Oʻahu Homeowner Assistance Fund is available to help any eligible Oʻahu homeowner negatively impacted by the pandemic, but it’s important to act soon. Based on eligibility, applicants could receive up to $30,000 to help cover mortgages, property taxes, utility payments and more. Oʻahu homeowners will only be able to qualify for mortgage assistance ...
Read More Funds to help Oʻahu homeowners

Hale Kalele, an affordable housing project on Piikoi Street, is accepting applications through April 1 for a lottery later that month. The 20-story building will have 200 units with monthly rent for tenants earning 30 to 60 percent of the area median income. Depending on tenant income levels, studio units range from $542 to $1,177 ...
Read More Apply now for Hale Kalele

As a little girl, First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige remembers passing the big white house on Beretania Street, wondering what was inside. “To have the opportunity to actually live on the property is just amazing,” she said. “Now, with COVID-19 case counts coming down, we have a chance to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Washington Place ...
Read More Celebrating 175th anniversary of Washington Place

Excerpts of the governor’s 2022 State of the State Address (to see the speech, go to https://fb.watch/aMfo3Kx1w9/) We’ve endured tremendous hardship over the last two years. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve sacrificed, delayed or cancelled so many of life’s cherished milestones. We’ve had to face shutdowns, restrictions of all kinds, and two variants that have changed ...
Read More A belief in Hawai‘i, its people and purpose