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Councilwoman Ruggles to host meeting regarding her abstaining from legislative duties Monday (Sept 24)

Council member Jen Ruggles announced that she will hold a public community meeting to speak with constituents about her recent decision to refrain from voting on legislation until the County Council’s attorney assures her, in writing, that she is not committing war crimes. It will be held Monday, September 24th at 6 p.m. at the […]

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Nationwide Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert test is postponed until October 3

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. […]

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Kilauea Disaster Recovery Center hours changing

The joint federal/state/county disaster recovery center assisting residents with the Kilauea eruption recovery will be changing its hours next week. The Disaster Recovery Center at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, 15-3022 Kauhale Street in Pahoa will adopt new hours beginning Monday, Sept. 17. Current hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 […]

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County Wastewater Division to conduct dye test of wastewater treatment plant outfall pipe in Puhi Bay

The County of Hawaii, Department of Environmental Management, Wastewater Division, will be conducting a dye test of the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall pipe. The dye test will be completed September 21, 2018, and will provide information for inspection of the outfall pipe. The inspection is being done to confirm the integrity of repairs completed […]

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Hirota and Hosaka are two newest members of Mayor Harry Kim’s administration

Mayor Harry Kim has announced that Sharon L. Hirota is the County’s new Administrator of the Office of Housing and Community Development, effective October 1, 2018. Barett Otani, a veteran public relations specialist, joined the Office of the Mayor as an executive assistant on August 1, as the administration tackles an array of challenges, including […]

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Hawaii Dept. of Transportation preps for Tropical Storm Olivia

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is informing the public of preparations it is taking in advance of possible weather impacts from Tropical Storm Olivia and encourages travelers to take the following actions:

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard seeks Hawaii student entries for 2018 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced that she is accepting submissions from Hawai‘i middle and high school students for the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a nationwide app competition. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said: “The Congressional App Competition is an innovative opportunity for our students to share their unique talents and creativity with people across Hawaiʻi and […]

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Gov. Ige signs an emergency proclamation in anticipation of Tropical Cyclone Olivia

Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation that will provide relief for disaster damages, losses, and suffering caused by Hurricane Olivia. Even if Olivia arrives as a Tropical Storm, as predicted, Hawai‘i is in danger of experiencing high winds, heavy rains, high surf, storm surges and flooding that threaten to harm communities and cause extensive […]

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Gov. Ige asks for Presidential disaster declaration for impacts from Hurricane Lane

Gov. David Ige has asked the President of the United States to declare a major disaster for the State of Hawai‘i as a result of the impacts from Hurricane Lane. This includes floods and wildfires that occurred as a result of the hurricane, from Aug. 22 to Aug. 29, 2018.

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State commission adopts recommendations on impacts of climate change sea level rise

The Hawai‘i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission (Climate Commission) at its regular quarterly meeting yesterday adopted a series of recommendations and finalized a mission statement to help guide Hawai‘i’s response to the impacts of climate change. The Climate Commission is led by the DLNR Chair and the Director of the State Office of Planning […]

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Fourth supplementary emergency proclamation covering Kilauea eruption

MEDIA RELEASE WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, provides for the establishment of County organizations for emergency management and disaster relief with the Mayor having direct responsibility and authority over emergency management within the County. WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai‘i Revised Statutes and Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawai‘i County Code, establishes a […]

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Electronic filing now available for solar water heater variance

The State of Hawaii has made several changes to the application process for a solar water heater variance, including a new electronic filing option and the addition of a $25 processing fee. State law requires all new single-family dwellings in Hawaii to be built with a solar water heating system unless a variance is granted […]

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Kilauea Disaster Recovery Center in Pahoa will be closed Labor Day weekend

The joint federal/state/county disaster recovery center assisting residents with the Kilauea eruption recovery will be closed for the Labor Day Weekend. The Disaster Recovery Center at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, 15-3022 Kauhale Street in Pahoa will close for business at its normal time of 6 p.m. on Friday, August 31, and will re-open for business […]

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Gov. Ige selects Halawa Valley animal quarantine station as the site of new Oahu Community Correctional Center

The State of Hawaiʻi has completed its review of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relocation of the O‘ahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC). The Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) and the Department of Public Safety (PSD) submitted the EIS to the state on July 8, 2018. Gov. David Ige and the […]

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