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HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and leadership from the State Senate and House of Representatives have extended the application deadline for the Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority to Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. The original application deadline was July 28. “We need to stand up the authority as soon as possible with the launch of ...
Read More OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release: Application deadline extended for Mauna Kea Management Stewardship and Oversight Authority

HONOLULU – According to preliminary visitor statistics released by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), a total of 842,927 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in June 2022, representing an 89 percent recovery from June 2019. Though the recovery rate in June was lower than the previous two months, the visitor count ...
Read More DBEDT NEWS RELEASE: JUNE 2022 VISITOR COUNT SECOND HIGHEST SINCE JANUARY 20

HONOLULU – The Department of Public Safety (PSD) has implemented a new inmate identification card program, with the help of the City and County, Department of Customer Service, Motor Vehicle, Licenses and Permits and the State Department of Transportation (HDOT). This program provides REAL State IDs for inmates in custody who wish to obtain one, in ...
Read More PSD NEWS RELEASE – New REAL State ID Card Program for Inmates

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) disapproved the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility defueling plan, citing a lack of detail.  This determination is consistent with the DOD’s own assessment that “it will not receive DOH approval of this defueling plan until it is able to provide this ...
Read More DOH News Release: DOH disapproves DOD’s Red Hill defueling plan

HONOLULU – Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald has been notified by the State of Hawaii Elections Commission of the need to appoint two members to the Commission to fill the following vacancies, under the authority conferred by Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 11-7(c): 1) The term of Clifford Motta (County of Hawaii) that ...
Read More Hawaii State Judiciary – News Release: Applicants Sought for Hawaii Elections Commission

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) will open monkeypox vaccination appointments to Hawaiʻi residents at higher risk of monkeypox infection or severe illness this week. Beginning on Wednesday, July 27, Hawaiʻi residents 18 and older currently eligible for a JYNNEOS vaccine, which is used to prevent monkeypox, will include: Individuals who have had ...
Read More DOH News Release: Monkeypox vaccine distribution focuses limited supply on those at highest risk of infection

(HONOLULU) – When the Hawaiian monk seal Rocky, and her pup encountered a 60-year-old California elementary school teacher, a State investigation shows she did nothing to provoke the incident and was not even aware the seals were in the water. She received lacerations to her face, back, and an arm in the Sunday morning incident ...
Read More DLNR News Release: Monk Seal Attach Victim in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

HONOLULU – The annual Hawaii State Judiciary juror questionnaires will soon be mailed to individuals who have a Hawaii state driver’s license or are registered to vote in Hawaii. Beginning August 1, approximately 245,000 juror questionnaires will be mailed to 85,000 residents on Oahu, 60,000 in Maui County, 75,000 on Hawaii Island, and 25,000 on ...
Read More Hawaii State Judiciary – News Release: 2023 Juror Questionnaires Being Mailed August 1

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige will attend the Western Governors’ Association 2022 Annual Meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho from July 25-28. Gov. Ige will join the group of bi-partisan western governors to discuss many of the most pressing issues facing the region, such as land use, rural healthcare, the threat of wildfire events, cybersecurity, transportation ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige to attend Western Governors’ Association conference

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige issued a third proclamation, establishing another emergency relief period for the axis deer crisis in Maui County. Despite ongoing efforts, the axis deer population has grown to approximately 60,000 or more, which cannot be sustained by the environment on Maui. The large number of deer has devastated pasture forage and vegetation ...
Read More Governor’s Office – News Release: Gov. Ige declares disaster relief period for Maui’s axis deer crisis