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(LIHUE, KAUAI) – The Kalalau Trail in the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is likely the most heavily used hiking trail in Hawaii. An estimated 500,000 visitors and residents use the spectacular trail each year. Sandwiched between the ocean and the towering cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, the trail is widely featured in ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: State and Kauai county release Kalalau trail safety video

KONA – Extended furlough inmate Race Bolner failed to report for his scheduled check-in in Kona this morning. State Sheriffs and Hawaii Police were notified. Inmates in the extended furlough program live and work outside of the facility but must check in at various times throughout the month. 23-year old Bolner is classified as community ...
Read More DPS NEWS RELEASE: Big Island extended furlough inmate fails to check in

HONOLULU – Today Judge Karen Nakasone granted an extension allowing the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) time to study a safe and feasible alternative to removal of the Laniakea barriers. The courts originally ordered the removal of the barriers located along Kamehameha Highway by Aug. 7, 2015. The extension to Aug. 24, 2015 allows HDOT ...
Read More HDOT NEWS RELEASE: Laniakea barriers to remain while all sides work toward a safe solution

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced the release of more than $40 million for the state’s capital improvements program (CIP) that will be administered by various state departments and agencies. “Building a Hawai‘i we are proud to call home requires us to maintain and improve state facilities. These priority projects are investments that will ...
Read More NEWS RELEASE: Governor releases more than million for CIP projects across the state

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has canceled work on the Pearl City Viaduct widening project that was scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 5. The decision was made as a precaution due to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Guillermo. Further announcements impacting construction this week will be made on a day-to-day basis should conditions ...
Read More HDOT NEWS RELEASE: HDOT cancels constructions on H-1 freeway in Aiea and Pearl City Wednesday night

HONOLULU – The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) and the state Boards and Commissions released a summary of disciplinary actions through the month of July 2015 taken on individuals and entities with professional and vocational licenses in Hawaii.  These disciplinary actions include dispositions based upon either the results of contested case hearings ...
Read More DCCA NEWS RELEASE: DCCA disciplinary actions (through July 2015)

(HONOLULU) – Governor David Ige has signed into law, the first ever Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) for Haena, Kauai. It was filed today. The result of years of discussions and collaboration between the Haena community and various stakeholders, this historic rules package gives the Haena hui an opportunity to protect its ocean resources, based ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Hawai’i’s first community fishing area signed into law by Governor Ige

HONOLULU — Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (formerly State Civil Defense) continues to work with emergency management and civil defense partners to monitor potential impacts of Tropical Storm Guillermo, which was located 370 miles east of Hilo as of 2:00 p.m. today. “We have been advised by the National Weather Service that although Guillermo is slowly ...
Read More SCD NEWS RELEASE: Track Takes Guillermo Northwest of State, Possibility of Heavy Rainfall Affecting All Islands

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is advising residents living in Wahiawa and surrounding areas to take precautions and plan ahead for potential smoke exposure from the brush fires. The smoke effect on nearby communities may vary largely due to unpredictable wind and weather conditions.   Smoke exposure can cause breathing problems ...
Read More DOH NEWS RELEASE: State advises residents downwind of Wahiawa fires to take precautions against smoke

(WAILUKU) –  During mid to late August, 2015 the Wailuku Water Company, LLC (WWC) will undertake repairs to the Waihee Ditch siphon where it crosses ʻĪao Stream.  According to the work plan, the stream needs to be nearly dry to repair the siphon and provide a safe working environment. WWC will divert a portion of ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Iao stream interim flow suspension for maintenance activities in August