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HONOLULU — As a mark of respect for the late former Mayor Eileen R. Anderson, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawai‘i shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard, from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of former Honolulu Mayor Eileen R. Anderson

HONOLULU – The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released its fourth quarter 2021 Statistical and Economic Report today. DBEDT revised its economic growth projection for 2021 to 3.9 percent, up from the 2.7 percent projected in August year-to-date this year. The higher projected growth follows recently revised and higher economic growth estimates ...
Read More DBEDT News Release: STATE ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE BETTER THAN PREVIOUSLY EXPECTED

HONOLULU – The state recently completed the implementation of a new electronic time and leave system that creates greater accuracy and efficiency in its payroll process. About 13,000 employees in the Executive and Legislative branches, and the Office of the Hawaiian Affairs are using the new system. Over 90,000 electronic leave records now flow through ...
Read More ETS News Release: New Time and Leave System Completed

HONOLULU – COVID-19 testing is continuously being conducted in the state prisons and jails as well as in the contracted Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, AZ. The latest testing updates received for other correctional facilities are as follows: Kauai Community Correctional Center – One (1) positive staff test result and 14 negative inmate test results. Hawaii ...
Read More PSD News Release: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY COVID-19 UPDATE

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has signed the latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation, setting the stage for the next phase of state and county measures. “While we are moving forward with updated emergency measures, we must remain vigilant. The Omicron variant will likely be detected in the United States,” said Gov. Ige. “Hawaiʻi has a robust ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige signs latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation, confirms Omicron variant not yet detected in Hawaiʻi

HONOLULU — The state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) will open offices statewide beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. In-person services from all programs in the department will be available Wednesdays through Fridays. “We will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or testing prior to entry pursuant to Gov. Ige’s Executive Order to ...
Read More DLIR News Release: DLIR REOPENING OFFICES STATEWIDE DECEMBER 1

(HONOLULU) – By day, they hold a wide range of conservation jobs with the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). By night, or anytime a wildfire breaks out or spreads to State forests, some of the approximately 140 DOFAW employees statewide subject to fire call-out grab their gear and firefighting apparatus and head out. ...
Read More DLNR News Release: UNIQUE HAWAI‘I WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING CREW HELPS PROTECT THREE MILLION ACRES OF FOREST

HONOLULU – According to preliminary visitor statistics released by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), total spending by visitors who came to the islands in October 2021 was $1.12 billion. Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic and Hawai‘i’s quarantine requirements for travelers, the State of Hawai‘i achieved record-level visitor expenditures and arrivals ...
Read More DBEDT News Release: Visitor Spending for October 2021 Down 15.3 Percent from Pre-Pandemic October 2019

HONOLULU – The nursing staff of the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Center for AIDS (HICFA) will be recognized with a prestigious Suzanne Richard-Crum Award for 2021 at the annual World AIDS Day ceremony on Wednesday, Dec, 1. The virtual event begins at 6 pm. The HICFA conducts research to evaluate ...
Read More DOH News Release: Nurses of the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Hawai‘i Center for AIDS to receive recognition at World AIDS Day Ceremony in Hawai‘i

(HONOLULU) – By the end of today, firefighters from the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) expect to have a wild fire burning in the Honolulu Forest Reserve 100% contained. The fire, called the Kahauiki Last Char fire, started on land below the forest reserve on Thanksgiving Day and by Friday had moved to ...
Read More DLNR News Release: STATE WILDLAND FIRE FIGHTERS CLOSE TO BRINGING KALIHI AREA WILDFIRE UNDER CONTROL