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Governor David Ige signs bill making Hawai‘i first in the world to ban certain sunscreens

Gov. David Ige signed SB 2571, Act 104 — prohibiting the sale, offer of sale, and distribution of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawai‘i, beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The purpose of this law is to preserve marine ecosystems, including coral reefs. Scientific studies have shows that oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic […]

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West Hawaii candidates forum set for July 3 & 10, 2018

Candidates for State Senator District 3 and County Council District 7 will be held in West Hawaii in July.

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Web-based land inventory system available to the public on June 29, 2018

The central Public Land Trust Information System (PLTIS) available only to State and County agencies since January 2015 becomes accessible to anyone tomorrow, June 29, 2018. The online site is found at pltis.hawaii.gov

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Waimea DMV office to be closed for lunch July 2-24, 2018

The County of Hawai’i Finance Department informs the public that the Waimea office of the Vehicle Registration & Licensing Division will be cutting off the waiting line from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. from July 2 through July 24, due to a staff shortage. “We will service whoever is in line at 10:30 a.m., prior […]

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Hurricane Madeline captured at 3 p.m. HST Sunday (Aug 28). NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an image of Hurricane Madeline in the Central Pacific Ocean. Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency reminds residents to prepare for hurricane season

With the arrival of hurricane season, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) is reminding residents to prepare an “emergency kit” of a minimum of 14 days of food, water, and other supplies.

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Status of proposed Nā‘ālehu wastewater treatment plant

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring the County of Hawai‛i to close Large Capacity Cesspools (LCC) in Pāhala and Nā‛ālehu. The County Department of Environmental Management (DEM) currently operates three LCCs in Nā‛ālehu. Untreated wastewater from Nā’ālehu cesspools is currently disposed of directly into the ground. This disposal method is a potential health […]

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Mayor Kim taken to Hilo Medical Center ER with relapse of pneumonia

Hawai’i County Mayor Harry Kim was taken to the Emergency Room at Hilo Medical Center early Friday morning and was diagnosed with a relapse of pneumonia. The Mayor said he suffered severe chills, and his wife called 911 for an ambulance. He was released from the ER and is resting at home. He was diagnosed […]

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Hawaii to ban pesticides containing chlorpyrifos

Gov. David Ige signed SB3095 Wednesday, which completely bans the use of pesticides containing the potentially harmful chemical chlorpyrifos starting in 2023. Hawai‘i becomes the first state in the country to prohibit the chemical. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, users of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos or other restricted use pesticides will be required to report annually to […]

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Gov. David Ige and Mayor Harry Kim signed a Letter of Agreement releasing $12 million to support the county’s response to the active volcanic eruption occurring on Hawai‘i Island, along the East Rift Zone in Lower Puna.

Gov. Ige releases $12M to Hawaii County for Kilauea eruption assistance

Gov. David Ige and Mayor Harry Kim signed a Letter of Agreement releasing $12 million to support the county’s response to the active volcanic eruption occurring on Hawai‘i Island, along the East Rift Zone in Lower Puna. “This is an ongoing emergency and we’re in the early stages of damage assessment, but we do know […]

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The polling place at Waikoloa School was busy during the last hour of voting. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Two Pahoa sites designated as absentee mail precincts for 2018 Primary Election

Due to the continuing volcanic eruption, the Office of Elections issued a proclamation today designating polling places 04-03, Pahoa Community Center, and 04-04, Pahoa High/Intermediate School, as absentee mail precincts for the 2018 Primary Election. Election officials declared polling places 04-03 and 04-04 as mail precincts to ensure that voters affected by the volcanic activity […]

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Court interpreter certification program offered on Oahu

The Judiciary’s Office on Equality and Access to the Courts (“OEAC”), in partnership with the Hawai‘i Office of Language Access, is pleased to announce a special summer workshop for individuals who speak both English and another language(s) and want to be an interpreter in the Hawai‘i State Courts. The summer workshop will be held on […]

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Governor Ige signs second supplemental emergency proclamation for Kilauea eruption event

Gov. David Ige signed Tuesday (June 5) a second supplemental emergency proclamation adding housing and law-enforcement provisions to ensure the health and safety of the people who have been most affected by the ongoing Kīlauea eruption. “The lava flow has expanded and overrun more communities as it’s advanced, and earthquakes continue to rock the area. […]

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Rep. San Buenaventura asks Governor to issue executive orders supporting housing for Kilauea eruption evacuees

With the Hawaiʻi Island lava flow continuing to expand, destroying homes and forcing more residents to evacuate, Representative Joy A. San Buenaventura (Puna) has written a letter to Governor David Ige asking him to issue three executive orders to help prevent the emerging housing crisis that many people are now facing.

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USDA reopens application period for producers recovering from disasters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening the application period for two disaster assistance programs in response to statutory changes made by Congress […]

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