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1 Death and 47 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 5/12

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 47 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 33,376 (up 0.1% from the previous day). To date, 1,514,835 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 33,221 resulting in a positive reading and marking today’s positivity rate at 1.4%. Currently, the average daily cases is 78. There were a total of 1195 cases reported in the past... Read More
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Colleen Hanabusa appointed to HART board

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced today he is appointing Colleen Hanabusa to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) board after current board member Glenn Nohara stated his intention to not seek reappointment. “Glenn Nohara is a well-respected member of the HART board and upon receiving his letter indicating he would not seek reappointment, I called Glenn to thank him for his years of service and let him know he would... Read More
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Financial relief for Hawaiʻi WIC families

The Hawaiʻi Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program will increase their cash value benefit (CVB) to $35 for first-use dates of June, July, August, and September. In addition to the CVB that participants can use to purchase fruits and vegetables at authorized WIC vendors, participants receive milk, cereal, juice, whole grains, beans, peanut butter, and baby food as part of their monthly benefits. Funding for the temporary increase comes from the... Read More
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Paul Morgan announces candidacy for Governor of Hawaii 2022

Candidate Committee Paul Morgan for Governor Inc. will officially announce its candidate Paul Morgan as candidate for Governor of the State of Hawai’i 2022. The announcement will be held at the Hawai’i Republican Party Headquarters located at 725 Kapiolani Blvd #C-105, Honolulu, HI 96813. This event is a fundraiser and invite only due to COVID-19 restrictions. This event will be streamed live on Facebook page @paulmorganforgovernor. Paul Morgan for Governor is... Read More
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Stand-by service available to renew driver’s licenses or state IDs

Oahu residents who need to renew driver’s licenses and state identification cards over the next eight months stand to benefit from new service options being rolled out in the City and County of Honolulu. Stand-by service for customers, who are having a hard time getting appointments to renew a driver’s license or state ID, is now available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis at the Kapalama Driver Licensing Center, Kapolei Driver... Read More
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64 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 5/11

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 64 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 33,329 (up 0.2% from the previous day). To date, 1,509,902 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 33,171 resulting in a positive reading and marking today’s positivity rate at 1.4%. Currently, the average daily cases is 80.4. There were a total of 1222 cases reported in the past... Read More
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Hawaii revokes medical cannabis dispensary license

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) to Pono Life Sciences Maui, LLC, and its individual licensee, Dr. William Mitchell, Jr. The order revokes the company’s and individual’s medical cannabis dispensary license, requiring the immediate closure of Pono Life Sciences’ medical cannabis production and retail operations. The NOVO was issued due to the licensee’s ongoing failure to submit annual independent financial audits as... Read More
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61 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 5/10

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 61 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 33,267 (up 0.2% from the previous day). To date, 1,505,981 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 33,108 resulting in a positive reading and marking today’s positivity rate at 1.4%. Currently, the average daily cases is 82.4. There were a total of 1215 cases reported in the past... Read More
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Hawaii enters next stage of vaccination rollout

The vaccination clinics or Points of Dispensing (PODs) in Leeward and Windward Oahu that have been in operation for the past five months have been critical to the state’s rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations. With the vaccine now available at more sites, however, these PODs will be winding down this week. This Thursday, May 13, will be the last day of operations for both PODs. Residents are urged to make an... Read More
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Hawaii launches one-stop behavioral health dashboard

Just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month, a new data dashboard tracking behavioral health provides key information and statistics on substance use, homelessness and mental health in Hawai‘i. The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center on Aging, Pacific Health Analytics Collaborative (PHAC), has launched the Hawai‘i Behavioral Health Dashboard. This new online tool tracks progress toward improving our system of... Read More
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115 New Hawaii COVID-19 Cases: 5/7

In the latest COVID-19 cases report from the Government of the Aloha State, 115 new Hawaii COVID-19 cases were reported bringing the total to 33,036. Total deaths to date remain at 486 (1.5%). CURRENT TRAVEL ADVISORIES If you are considering travel within the US, be aware that COVID-19 is widespread in many communities and beginning March 26, all people entering the state of Hawaii (residents and visitors) will be subject to a mandatory... Read More
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Honolulu Zoo gets improved pathway

A Capital Improvement Project to reconstruct the shared-use pathway along the mauka side of the Honolulu Zoo is scheduled to begin next week. The pathway, which stretches approximately 1,500 feet (roughly a quarter mile) along Paki Avenue from Kapahulu to Monsaratt avenues, is currently deteriorating and experiencing damage from adjacent trees and heavy pedestrian use. This project will remove the existing asphalt pathway and replace it with a wider, concrete sidewalk,... Read More
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O‘ahu continues in Tier 3 for a month

The Blangiardi administration met with Governor Ige and his public health experts yesterday morning regarding Mayor Blangiardi’s written request from May 4, 2021 to modify the metrics for the Tier system. After a discussion that included a review of vaccination numbers and percentages, daily COVID-19 counts and positivity rates on O‘ahu, and state Department of Health concerns regarding COVID-19 variants, Mayor Blangiardi and Governor Ige agreed that the City and County of... Read More
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Honolulu Mayor signs bill for more affordable rental housing

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi signed Bill 1 (2021), CD1, FD1 into law, which will incentivize the development of an estimated 1,100 new affordable rental housing units for working families across the island. Bill 1 provides up to $10 million in grants through May 2024 to eligible developers and property owners as an incentive to build more affordable rental units. Property owners can receive $9,000 or $15,000 per qualified unit based on... Read More