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County of Hawaii experiences issues with receiving email from the public

Please be advised that the County of Hawai‘i has been experiencing issues since Tuesday (Sept 10) with receiving email from the public.   The Department of Information Technology is currently working with our support vendor to identify the issue.  We anticipate the retrieval of any back-logged emails, and will respond them as soon as possible. We […]

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Hawaii County receives $243.1M for capital improvement projects

The House of Representatives adjourned their 2019 session last week and passed $243.1 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 for various projects across Hawai‘i County.

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Another excellent Kona sunset. ( photo courtesy of Keahi Kapela)

Legislators want to study the impacts of popular sunscreen chemicals on health and the environment

MEDIA RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C.– Wednesday (May 8), Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced legislation to better inform the public about the effects that sunscreen chemicals have on coral reefs around the world. The Oxybenzone and Octinoxate Impact Study Act of 2019 would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study the […]

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Public can vote for Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to win award

Beginning Friday, May 10, members of the public can vote online (websites listed below) for the “People’s Choice Award” to honor the federal employee/team they believe has made the most significant contribution to the American people. Voting ends on July 8. The People’s Choice winner will be announced at a Partnership for Public Service event […]

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Coastal lands at Hāna, Maui. Photo courtesy of DLNR

State land board approves $4.5M in land conservation grants

Kohala lands within the Kula Iwi (homeland) of Kamehameha the Great on Hawai‘i island; stunningly beautiful coastal pasture in Hāna, Maui; restored access to a Hawaiian fishpond on Kaua‘i’s north shore; and two tracts of high-quality O‘ahu forest can now be protected for public benefit with the help of grant funding from the State Legacy […]

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Law Day 2019

Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society Judiciary Celebrates Law Day 2019

MEDIA RELEASE HONOLULU – Throughout May, the Hawaii State Judiciary is sponsoring special events and presentations in observance of Law Day, celebrated annually on May 1 to recognize our nation’s dedication to the ideals of equality and justice under law. It also highlights the legal process and the role of our courts in protecting the freedoms of […]

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County Seeking Applicants for Boards and Commissions

MEDIA RELEASE The County of Hawai’i is seeking applicants to fill vacancies in various Boards and Commissions.  Members of most of these Boards and Commissions serve for staggered terms of five years, on a voluntary basis.  The following vacancies need to be filled: Cultural Resource Commission (2 vacancies; seeking an Architect and a Planner respectively for these vacancies)Environmental Management Commission (Council Districts 3, 5)Fire Board of Appeals: (5 […]

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Representative Richard H. K. Onishi talks about the visitor industry.

Hawaii Tourism Authority to spend $2.5M to support Hawaii Island tourism

MEDIA RELEASE Honolulu, Hawaiʻi– Tourism on the island of Hawai‘i – the island’s leading industry – is receiving some much-needed support with an emphasis on new branding initiatives and increased marketing funding for its two largest markets, the U.S. mainland and Japan. On March 28, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s (HTA) Board of Directors approved reallocating […]

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Senator Hirono, Casey reintroduce legislation to provide financial relief for families with child and dependent care tax credit

MEDIA RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and 18 of their colleagues reintroduced the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act. The bill would increase the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and make it available for more working and middle class families while allowing for […]

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Senator Mazie K. Hirono questions Interior Secretary Nominee David Bernhardt about the future home of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Senator Hirono questions decision to relocate Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to Oahu

Moving Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to Oahu “Doesn’t Seem to Make a Lot of Sense”

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‘Game of Extremes’ climate change workshop in Hilo Wednesday (April 3)

Join the County of Hawaiʻi for a “Game of Extremes”! This workshop will be a fun way to learn about climate change, its impacts, and how we can adapt. Faced with climate impacts on a fictional community, participants will decide how to make community assets most resilient.

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This image was taken at 3:14 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from a camera on the west rim of Kilauea Caldera. The camera is looking East towards the bottom of the newly enlarged Halemaʻumaʻu crater, although the deepest part of the crater is not visible from this vantage point. The crater from left to right (roughly NNE to SSW) is approximately 1 km (0.6 mi) across. The depth of the crater in the visible image from the rim is several hundred meters. Photo from USGS/HVO

USGS/HVO lowers alert levels as Kilauea enters non-eruptive state

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) is lowering the Volcano Alert Level for ground-based hazards from ADVISORY to NORMAL. This means the volcano is at a non-eruptive, background state. The Aviation Color Code is also being lowered from YELLOW to GREEN.

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DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) Academy Graduates on November 29, 2018. Photo courtesy DLNR

DLNR opens recruitment for DOCARE Officers

The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) is beginning recruitment for Conservation & Resources Enforcement Officer (I) positions to fill vacancies across the state.

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Senator Hirono on the Attorney General’s Summary of the Mueller Report

MEDIA RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after the release of Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report. “Robert Mueller did not exonerate Donald Trump on obstruction of justice. Instead, Attorney General Bill Barr made his own determination consistent with his unsolicited 19-page memo arguing that […]

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