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Governor’s Office: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update At a news briefing today, Governor Ige gave an update on Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The governor emphasized that the state is moving as quickly as possible with the distribution process and reminded everyone that Hawai‘i is constrained by federal allocation of the vaccine. Gov. Ige said, “We are ...
Read More HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DAILY NEWS DIGEST Jan. 19, 2021

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed long-time educator Laura Clint Acasio to the Hawai‘i State Senate, District 1 – which encompasses the greater Hilo area on Hawai‘i Island. Acasio fills the seat previously held by U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele, who was elected to U.S. Congress in November. Acasio has been an educator with the Department ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – NEWS RELEASE – Governor Ige appoints Hawai‘i Island educator, community leader to fill vacant state Senate seat

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies the public of virtual public hearings scheduled on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, for proposed changes to Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) 19-122 and 19-149, and on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, for proposed changes of HAR 19-108. The current versions of the HAR chapters, proposed changes, and links ...
Read More HDOT NEWS RELEASE: VIRTUAL HEARINGS FOR CHANGES TO SELECT HAWAII ADMINISTRATIVE RULES SCHEDULED ON FEB. 3 & 9

County, State & Federal Agencies Investigating    (HONOLULU) – State botanist Susan Ching and her team spend their lives propagating, planting, and protecting Hawai‘i’s rarest plants. Today, Ching was sweeping up the mess left by vandals who broke into a DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) greenhouse at Waimano, likely on Friday night. The ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: EXTREMELY RARE NATIVE PLANTS DESTROYED IN WANTON GREEN HOUSE VANDALISM

Gene Tamashiro Faces Two Charges   (HONOLULU) – The man behind the illegal “kanaka” garden at Wailoa River State Park in Hilo was arrested at Iolani Palace in Honolulu this morning. 64-year-old Gene Tamashiro of Hilo is charged with entering a closed State Park and violation of the State’s COVID-19 rules. Prior to his arrest, ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: HAWAI‘I ISLAND ACTIVIST ARRESTED AT IOLANI PALACE

(HONOLULU) – Another holiday weekend mass gathering in a State Park has promoted further warnings to party organizers and participants. Saturday night, DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers broke up a gathering of an estimated 200 people at Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline in east O’ahu. No one was arrested or cited as officers concentrated on ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: STRONG WORDS TO BEACH PARTIERS FROM STATE’S TOP CONSERVATION OFFICER

UPDATE: The night work on the Kapaa Stream Bridge was completed ahead of schedule. The closure that ended Saturday, Jan. 16 at 4 a.m. was the last closure needed for the girder work. There will be NO CLOSURES of Kuhio Highway between Mailihuna Road and Kealia Road on the nights of Jan. 16 through Jan. ...
Read More HDOT NEWS RELEASE: UPDATE TO: NIGHTLY FULL CLOSURES OF KUHIO HIGHWAY NEEDED FOR KAPAA STREAM BRIDGE REHABILITATION

HONOLULU – The State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Highways Division (HDOT) will be holding a public information meeting on the Programmatic Agreement (PA) process for the implementation of Minor Hawaiʻi Historic Bridge Projects. This proposed project brings the Federal Highway Administration, HDOT, and other interested stakeholders together to develop a procedural concept and invite ...
Read More HDOT NEWS RELEASE: PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING SCHEDULED REGARDING MINOR HAWAII HISTORIC BRIDGE PROJECTS PROGRAMMATIC AGREEMENT

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.  All projects are weather permitting. There will be no daytime roadwork scheduled on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, unless permitted. Special use lanes and the Zipper Lane will not be operational   — H-1 FREEWAY — ...
Read More HDOT NEWS RELEASE: OAHU LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 16 – JAN. 22, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.  All projects are weather permitting.   Starting next week, we will combine weekend and weekly lane closures into one list. Our Friday to Sunday closures will be included in the Weekly lane closure news release. The combined list will post each Friday ...
Read More HDOT NEWS RELEASE: KAUAI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 16 – JAN. 22, 2021

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