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Weekend Event Focuses on Marine Protected Species & Fishing Rules (Kahului, Maui) – DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers will be at two Maui boat ramps this weekend to help teach ocean users about humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles, and other marine protected species. DOCARE officers will be joined by staff ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: DOCARE Officers Join Federal Partners for Ocean Education Event

State Laboratory Gears Up for Zika Testing HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) State Laboratories Division is taking an active role in national efforts to control the spread of Zika Virus. Hawaii’s State Laboratories recently provided confirmatory testing for samples from American Samoa and the Marshall Islands to support these U. S. ...
Read More DOH NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii Department of Health Takes Critical Role in National Efforts to Control Zika Virus

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is pleased to report the removal of a damaged dry dock vessel on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 which resulted in the clearing of Piers 40 and 41 in Honolulu Harbor where it was previously berthed. The dry dock named Kapilipono took on water and sunk in its ...
Read More DOT NEWS RELEASE: Submerged Dry Dock Successfully Removed from Honolulu Harbor

Program Accelerates Hawaii’s Innovation Economy HONOLULU – A new report shows that a state investment program run by the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC), an attached agency of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), has successfully jumpstarted Hawaii’s startup ecosystem. According to a new report by the Economic Research Organization at the ...
Read More DBEDT NEWS RELEASE: New Report Highlights Success of HI Growth Initiative

HONOLULU —The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is alerting motorists of parking restrictions on Kamehameha Highway on Oahu’s North Shore in anticipation of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf tournament. No parking will be allowed on either side of Kamehameha Highway from Iliohu Place to the Saints Peter & Paul Mission beginning Wednesday, ...
Read More DOT NEWS RELEASE: Parking on Kamehameha Highway to Be Restricted Near Waimea Bay for the Eddie Aikau Tournament

HONOLULU – Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui has extended the emergency declaration proclamation to address homelessness statewide.  This is the third extension to the emergency proclamation on homelessness, which Governor David Ige first declared in October 2015. Along with continuing to support the State’s work with homelessness, this third supplemental proclamation continues to provide emergency relief ...
Read More LT. GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Acting Governor Tsutsui Extends Emergency Proclamation on Homelessness

HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association are planning a public information meeting on the proposed project to repair/replace the existing Royal Hawaiian groin. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Waikīkī Community Center (WCC), 310 ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: DLNR and Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association (Wbsida) Hold Public Information Meeting on Draft Environmental Assessment for Royal Hawaiian Groin Improvement Project

Daini Katsu Maru Returns to Miyagi Prefecture (HONOLULU) – The 20-foot long Daini Katsu Maru is one of the more than four dozen small fishing boats that have washed ashore in whole, or in part, in Hawaii following the devastating March 11, 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. This boat was adrift in the vast Pacific ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Fishing Boat from Japan Tsunami Makes Five Thousand Mile, Four Year-Long Journey to Hawaii

David Smith to Lead DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (HONOLULU) – The Oahu Branch Chief for the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) has been promoted to become DOFAW Administrator. David Smith is a veteran state wildlife biologist and forestry and wildlife manager with 28 years of experience. DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Veteran Forestry and Wildlife Manager Appointed to Division’s Top Job

Concerns draft habitat conservation plan for game management at Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a and Pu‘u Anahulu HILO, HAWAII —  The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), pursuant to Chapter 195D, Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, will hold a public hearing to receive testimony on the Nāpu‘u Conservation Project Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Game Management at Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a ...
Read More DLNR NEWS RELEASE: DLNR to Hold Public Hearing on Nāpu‘u Conservation Project