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Here are some of the sobering facts about the Delta variant that need repeating to family, friends and anyone who will listen: This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated – More than 90% of residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, say state officials. But there have also been reports of breakthrough cases, increasing the risk ...
Read More The hard truth: ‘The community is giving it to each other’

Alarming case numbers from the fast-moving Delta variant, combined with slowing vaccination rates despite community campaigns, compelled Governor Ige and the county mayors to make the tough call: All state and county employees now need to provide proof of vaccination or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing. Free testing sites are available, but if not ...
Read More State, county actions to curb Delta variant spike

What if you could attract some of the state’s most innovative educators and community partners and provide them with enough support to make a difference for students and whole communities? That was Governor Ige’s vision when he and his Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) advisory group issued the call for creative, collaborative approaches to education. ...
Read More Getting in GEER: Good news for students, communities

With the pandemic dominating the news, it’s hard to focus on anything else. And yet, good news is all around us if we look hard enough. In the past few weeks, that included world-class athletes like Hawai‘i’s Carissa Moore winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics and some impressive, innovative programs in schools statewide. Waipahu High ...
Read More Even in a pandemic, hope comes in many forms

She’s a gold medal winner, a four-time world surfing champion, an ambassador of aloha and an inspiration to girls and young women everywhere. But for all that, Carissa Moore spoke with humility and heart as a keiki o ka‘āina when she was honored by Governor Ige at a ceremony proclaiming Aug. 5 as “Carissa Moore ...
Read More Olympian Carissa Moore thanks the people of Hawai‘i

Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations has announced several ways the public can still talk to someone about their situation, instead of in person. Those who have complex, disputed unemployment insurance claims can speak to an examiner to assist with fact-finding for their situation. Expanded telephone ...
Read More DLIR delays Sept. 7 opening but expands phone appointments

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku leaves a striking surfing legacy as we honor him 131 years after the day he was born.

We’re not out of the woods yet. Just when we thought we could relax our guard, the new Delta variant of COVID-19 has led to a spike in cases and made the push for vaccinations even more urgent. State, county and community partners can only do so much. It’s up to all of us to ...
Read More From the governor: Vaccinations more important than ever