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On Oct. 8, some good news arrived for UH sports fans, wedding and event planners and others looking forward to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. New Safe O‘ahu Response Plan guidelines were announced by Governor Ige and Mayor Rick Blangiardi that attempted to balance public health and leisure activities for a “new normal” life in ...
Read More New O‘ahu COVID rules and more fans in the stands

Governor Ige took advantage of a milestone at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA) to give the greenlight to non-essential travel for fully vaccinated residents and visitors. The occasion was the opening of the permanent Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility, which provides a second international entry point in addition to the Daniel K. Inouye ...
Read More At Kona airport, Gov. Ige gives OK for vaccinated travelers

All K-12 schools statewide — public, private and charter — are eligible to enroll in the Operation Expanded Testing (OET) program, in partnership with the state Department of Health. The school-based program provides COVID-19 testing at no cost to students. Tests are administered by school staff, and parents are provided with a link to the ...
Read More In the schools: COVID testing, vax planning for ages 5-11

How do you get the nations of the world to agree on ways to fight global warming? One major answer is the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Oct. 31- Nov.12 in Glasgow, Scotland. World leaders, such as U.S. President Joe Biden, will be there, along with governors from the U.S. Climate Alliance — including ...
Read More Governor taking Hawai‘i’s climate message to COP26

The state’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab (DCIL) is bringing together art and technology in a unique collaboration using NFTs or non-fungible tokens. NFTs are becoming a popular way to buy and sell digital assets like art, music, game items and videos. They are “non-fungible” in the sense they are one-of-a-kind tokens that show ownership of ...
Read More ‘NFT for Good’ to benefit local artists, community

Confidence in the state’s economy was reaffirmed by a record bond sale and favorable outlooks by three national credit rating agencies, Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. Money from the sale will be used to fund new and existing projects statewide, which in turn support Hawai‘i’s economy. “These are critical state construction projects, including schools, ...
Read More Record .88 billion in bond sales for projects statewide

If you want a chicken-skin moment and a glimpse of history, check out the new Washington Place website at https://washingtonplace.hawaii.gov/. Under the “Tours and Gardens” section, you’ll see a handwritten list by Queen Liliu‘okalani of the trees and plants at the residence  — a reflection of the home she loved. To revitalize the gardens and ...
Read More Nurturing a green legacy for Washington Place

The state has pledged to conserve, restore, and grow 100 million trees in Hawaiʻi by the year 2030. It’s part of a worldwide effort called the One Trillion Trees movement to achieve net-negative carbon goals and combat global warming. Hawaiʻi will get this done by protecting existing forests, conserving private land through legal protections, planting ...
Read More State commits to worldwide One Trillion Trees pledge

Governor Ige’s priority of building more affordable rental housing advanced last month with the groundbreaking of Hale Makana O Moi‘ili‘ili. The mid-rise will include 80 studio and 25 one-bedroom units for na kūpuna 55 and older who earn 30 to 60% of area median income. Monthly rents will range from $553 to $1,243. The project ...
Read More Senior affordable rental breaks ground

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

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