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Hawai‘i residents are being urged to download a free notification app to their smartphones to help control the spread of COVID-19. The app is intended to support  the state Department of Health’s contact tracing efforts by using Bluetooth technology to record interactions between other users of AlohaSafe. It can notify users if they have been ...
Read More DOH launches AlohaSafe to slow COVID-19 spread

Down-to-earth . . . a good listener . . . inspiring. Those are some of the impressions Hawai‘i’s First Lady, Dawn Amano-Ige, has of Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. President Joe Biden. Following a request from the White House, Mrs. Ige facilitated a virtual get-acquainted session with the First Spouses from the 50 states ...
Read More Connecting to the White House and Kekaha, Kaua‘i

If we’ve learned anything in the pandemic, it’s that access to broadband — that digital superhighway — affects everyone. So how do we help people work or learn from home? One answer already in the works is a pilot project from the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) to help more people connect to the internet, ...
Read More Helping more people access the digital highway

It would be an understatement to say COVID-19 has changed everything — from work to school to travel to family bubbles. Who knew we would be online nearly 24/7, navigating websites, and Zooming while trying to stay safe and survive? The pandemic has shown us gaps and community needs we didn’t know were there. But ...
Read More The Broadband Hui: Bridging the digital divide

How do you get buy-in from the entire state to make change happen?  Part of the answer, Governor Ige said in his State of the State address, is to enlist the help of virtually every sector of the community to identify opportunities created by the pandemic. “We want to take the priorities we’ve already established ...
Read More Setting the future in motion with Hawai‘i 2.0

Be a hero. Wear a mask.

Posted on Feb 24, 2021 in Main

Masks are cool, America. Just ask the Warner Bros. superheroes featured in the latest public service announcement on TV and social media. From Wonder Woman to Aquaman (thank you, Jason Momoa), the message from the Centers for Disease Control, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and the Ad Council is to “Mask Up, America ...
Read More Be a hero. Wear a mask.

Good news for unemployed folks awaiting additional benefits approved by Congress in December. System updates for the extended Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations will provide claimants with an additional 11 weeks of benefits as well as an additional $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation weekly benefit. The ...
Read More Help is on the way for unemployment, rent relief

Caroline Limm, 91, was the first person to be vaccinated at Queen’s Blaisdell site. Photo credit: Queen’s Health Systems

Taking our best shot to fight COVID-19

Posted on Feb 24, 2021 in Main

COVID-19 variants or not, lucky you live Hawai‘i. That seems to be the consensus among state health officials keeping tabs on vaccine distribution, virus case counts and public attitudes toward getting immunized. “We’re doing well, and that’s a tribute to the entire community and the efforts of everyone wearing their masks and avoiding large gatherings,” ...
Read More Taking our best shot to fight COVID-19

COVID-19 case counts are down. Vaccinations are up. And every day is moving us closer to a “new normal.” But the new Hawai‘i needs to be stronger and better than before, based on the lessons from the pandemic. Do we have what it takes to create a better future while making sure no one gets left ...
Read More Lessons from the pandemic for a Hawai‘i 2.0 future

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