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HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) is performing whole genome sequencing on three COVID-19 specimens with molecular clues indicating they may be the Omicron variant. “We remind everyone that wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings and getting vaccinated will keep them safe,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP. “We can’t ...
Read More DOH News Release: Hawai‘i Department of Health examines specimens as possible Omicron cases

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – On December 2, the Hawaii State Supreme Court convened in special session to induct the Honorable Wendy M. DeWeese into office as Judge of the Circuit Court of the Third Circuit, and Kimberly B.M. Taniyama as Judge of the District Court of the Third Circuit. Family, friends, and colleagues tuned in to ...
Read More HSJ News Release: DeWeese and Taniyama Sworn-In

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s (DOH) State Laboratories Division (SLD) confirms the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, also known as the Omicron variant, has been detected in the islands. “This isn’t reason for panic, but it is reason for concern. It’s a reminder the pandemic is ongoing. We need to protect ourselves by getting vaccinated, ...
Read More DOH News Release: Hawai‘i Department of Health laboratory detects Omicron variant in Hawai‘i

(HONOLULU) –  Showing the immense popularity of positions with the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), hundreds of prospective applicants jumped the gun and sent their resumes in via social media sites. DLNR has notified these individuals that there is only one way to apply to become a Conservation Resources Enforcement Officer (CREO) ...
Read More DLNR News Release: THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO APPLY FOR COVETED DOCARE OFFICER POSITIONS

(Alaka‘i Wilderness Preserve, Kaua‘i) – A team of six people are now in their third day of trying to locate a single family of the Hawaiian honeycreeper, the ‘akikiki. The number of birds in the Halehaha area of the native forest on the Alaka‘i Plateau plummeted and now the team of forest bird experts and ...
Read More DLNR News Release: DESPERATE SEARCH AND RESCUE UNDERWAY IN KAUA’I MONTANE RAIN FOREST

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Supreme Court convened today by Zoom, and more than 150 students on two islands watched the oral argument in a case they had studied through the Courts in the Community program. Participating schools were Aiea and Moanalua high schools on Oahu, and Molokai High. This was the second time since the ...
Read More HSJ News Release: Courts in the Community: High School Students Study Case, Then Watch Supreme Court Oral Argument Live

LAHAINA – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch issued a red “closed” placard and immediately shut down 808 Grindz Café, located at 843 Wainee St. in Lahaina, Maui, due to a cockroach infestation. Both adult and juvenile cockroach activity was observed. The food establishment, operated by 808 Grindz, LLC, received the red placard ...
Read More DOH News Release: Hawai‘i Department of Health closes 808 Grindz Cafe in Lahaina because of cockroach infestation

(Līhuʻe) – The carcass of a deceased adult sperm whale has washed up on an outer reef off the north shore of Kauaiʻi, near Pilaʻa Beach. Experts believe the whale died at sea 4 to 5 days ago and floated ashore. While in a remote location, officials still caution that it is extremely unsafe to ...
Read More DLNR News Release: STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES RESPOND TO SPERM WHALE CARCASS OFF KAUA’I

HONOLULU – A preliminary analysis by the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) detected petroleum product in water samples from one site on the Navy Water System affected by fuel-like odors. Samples from Red Hill Elementary School were collected Tuesday. They were analyzed at a lab at the University of Hawai‘i and tested positive for a ...
Read More DOH News Release: Preliminary Results Detect Petroleum Product in Navy Water System

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed two deputy directors to the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT). Patrick McCain will serve as the deputy director for Administration and Eduardo Manglallan as the deputy director for Harbors, effective Dec. 1. Patrick McCain’s prior experience at federal, state, and city agencies uniquely positions him to serve as ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige appoints two deputy directors to Transportation Department

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