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HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 6.6 percent compared to 7.0 percent in August. Statewide, 603,850 were employed and 43,000 unemployed in September for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 646,850. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment ...
Read More DBEDT News Release: HAWAII’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 6.6 PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER

It is important we recognize the value of protecting our fresh water and the need for maintaining the critical infrastructure that allows us to enjoy reliable and clean water service.

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau (MVCB) are encouraging the public to participate in the upcoming Maui Nui Destination Management Action Plan community meetings (schedule below) to share their views on tourism’s future direction for Maui, Lanai and Molokai. John De Fries, HTA president and CEO, said continued ...
Read More HTA News Release: Public Invited to Participate in Destination Management Action Plan Meetings for Maui (November 2), Lanai (November 9) and Molokai (November 12)

HONOLULU – Hawaii hotels statewide reported substantially higher revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR), and occupancy in September 2021 compared to September 2020 when the State’s quarantine order for travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in dramatic declines for the hotel industry. When compared to September 2019, statewide ADR was higher ...
Read More HTA News Release: Hawaii Hotel RevPAR Down 13.5% in September 2021 Compared to September 2019 Due to Lower Occupancy; Hawaii Still Leading the Nation in RevPAR and ADR

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: Hawaii Community Correctional Center – One (1) employee has recovered. The facility is clear of all active COVID-19 ...
Read More PSD News Release: Department of Public Safety COVID-19 update

HONOLULU – The State of Hawai‘i’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab (DCIL) facilitates the first collaboration of its kind bringing together creatives and technologists to beautify communities through an initiative using non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Worldwide Walls Hawai‘i (formerly known as POW! WOW!, the Hawai‘i-based organization of global street art fame) is hosting its first NFT-based gallery ...
Read More DBEDT News Release: Hawaii’s Digital Currency Lab announces “NFT for Good” initiative

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced the State of Hawaiʻi is safely open to vaccinated residents and visitors who are traveling domestically and between islands for business or pleasure, starting Nov. 1. The governor made the announcement in Kona today, at the opening of the permanent Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility at the Ellison ...
Read More Office of the Governor News Release: Governor Ige gives the greenlight to non-essential travel for fully vaccinated residents and visitors

HONOLULU – Attorney General Clare E. Connors joins state charities regulators nationwide, the National Association of State Charities Officials and the Federal Trade Commission to announce International Charity Fraud Awareness Week (ICFAW), which runs from October 18 to 22, 2021.  ICFAW is a coordinated international campaign to help charities and consumers fight fraud and promote ...
Read More ATG News Release: Hawaii Attorney General Connors, the Federal Trade Commission and Other Partners Announce International Charity Fraud Awareness Week

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is offering guidance to help families have a safe and fun Halloween. “Celebrating Halloween is a special event for families, and it is possible to take steps to celebrate safely. Outdoor gatherings are safer, and consistent handwashing and mask wearing are recommended,” said Director of Health Dr. ...
Read More DOH News Release: Hawai‘i Department of Health Offers Halloween Safety Guidance

(HONOLULU) – Two Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers, responding to an anonymous call Saturday night, ended up citing a Honolulu man for two violations. A witness contacted DOCARE at 8:15 p.m. to report several men laying a net off Wailupe Beach Park. When officers arrived, they began observing a group of men ...
Read More DLNR News Release: Trying out new lay net backfires for Honolulu man