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 HONOLULU — The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (formerly State Civil Defense) monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Monday, January 4, 2016, at 11:45 a.m. The siren test is a steady one minute tone on ...
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HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health wants to remind the public that, effective Jan. 1, 2016, you must be at least age 21 to buy tobacco products and electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes) in Hawaii. Hawaii is the first state in the nation to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21. A ...
Read More DOH NEWS RELEASE: New tobacco prevention and control laws go into effect January 1

KAILUA-KONA – The Department of Land and Natural Resources is reminding the public that West Hawai‘i state parks will close early at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, New Year’s Eve. Parks closing early include Hapuna, Kiholo and Kekaha Kai (Mahaiula and Kua Bay sections). “We are closing the parks early to discourage use ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: West Hawai’i state parks to close early for New Year’s Eve

HILO — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) announces the opening of bird hunting in the Kahua/Ponoholo Ranch Cooperative Game Management Area. Game bird hunting in this area will be open on Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays, beginning on Saturday, January 2, 2016 through January 31, 2016. ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Game bird hunting season announced for Kahua/Ponoholo Ranch cooperative game management area

HONOLULU – The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Office of the Securities Commissioner announces the competitors in the LifeSmarts Hawaii State Championship. The lineup for the state competition is made up of the four top scoring high school teams in the local online competition, which ran from October 26 to December 4, 2015. ...
Read More DCCA NEWS RELEASE: Top high school teams to compete in LifeSmarts Hawaii State Championship

HONOLULU – The majority of people in Hawaii erroneously believe their health insurance plan and government programs will cover the costs for long term services and supports, according to a recent statewide survey commissioned by of the State of Hawaii Executive Office on Aging. The survey, conducted by Market Trends Pacific as part of a ...
Read More DOH NEWS RELEASE: Executive office on aging survey shows many young adults erroneously believe government and health insurance cover long term services and supports

HONOLULU — Gov. David Y. Ige today announced that the State of Hawai‘i has negotiated an agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer a special enrollment period for eligible Hawaii residents from the Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations who are seeking health care coverage through healthcare.gov. The enrollment will ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Enrollment in Healthcare.gov extended for eligible Hawaii residents

HONOLULU — Gov. David Y. Ige today signed a second supplemental proclamation that allows the state to continue its coordinated efforts with the counties to provide emergency shelter, long-term housing and services to those without homes. “We are continuing to work closely with the counties to focus on specific services that we know will move ...
Read More GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor expands homeless response efforts

(HONOLULU) – Thomas “Tommy” Friel, a conservation law enforcement officer for nearly three decades, has been named the new Chief of the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), effective Monday, December 28, 2015. In making the announcement, DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “We have the great privilege of hiring Tommy, who has deep personal ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Veteran law enforcement officer named DOCARE chief

(HONOLULU) – Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death, is a mysterious disease that has already killed hundreds of thousands of Hawaii’s iconic and native ‘Ōhi‘a, the backbone of Hawaii’s native forests and watersheds. Dr. J.B. Friday of the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service explains, “ROD is caused by a fungus called Ceratocystis fimbriata.  This disease is new ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Hundreds of thousands of ‘Ōhi‘a trees killed by mysterious disease