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County recycling program no longer accepts #5 plastics

Due to changes in global recycling markets, starting December 1, 2018, the County of Hawai’i will no longer accept #5 plastics, plastic grocery bags, nor any clam shell-type plastic (salad, bentos, fruit, etc.) in the mixed recyclable bins at the Recycling & Transfer Stations.

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Senator Hirono’s statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ forced resignation

In a direct move to undermine the Mueller investigation, Donald Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. I am concerned that the Mueller investigation will now be overseen by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker – someone who has raised some troubling views about the investigation.

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County of Hawaii honors exemplary employees at awards ceremony

The County of Hawai’i held its 53rd Annual Employee Recognition awards ceremony for 2017-2018 on Tuesday night, with 30 exemplary employees nominated for the categories of Manager, Supervisor, and Employee of the Year.

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County of Hawaii seeks feedback on redesigned website

The County of Hawaiʻi is in the process of reimagining its website. We seek the public’s feedback to make it useful, user-friendly, and exciting. Please take a quick online survey to tell us: What you like about the current website What you don’t like What you’d like to see that is missing The image you’d […]

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County seeking applicants for Boards and Commissions

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.

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Housing and Community Development Administrator Gyotoku rescinds resignation

The County of Hawai‘i’s Administrator of the Office of Housing and Community Development, Neil Gyotoku, has rescinded his resignation in a letter to Mayor Harry Kim. The resignation would have been effective September 30, 2018. “I apologize for not announcing this sooner, said Mayor Kim. Gyotoku had tendered his resignation citing health issues. Those issues […]

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County grants driver’s license to woman wearing headscarf after initially denying her

The County of Hawai‘i granted a REAL ID compliant driver’s license to a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf in the license photograph on April 18, 2018, after ascertaining the most recent Federal guidelines for identification. The woman, identified as Laycie Tobosa, received a REAL ID compliant driver’s license from the Hilo office of the Hawai‘i […]

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Homeland Security prepares against EMP threats

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the release of the Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD). The Strategy lays out a clear vision and an approach for DHS to take to protect critical infrastructure and prepare to respond and recover from potentially […]

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Sen. Hirono opposes President Trump’s efforts to privatize the U.S. Postal Service

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement in support of Hawaii U.S. Postal Service (USPS) workers’ rally to oppose the Trump administration’s efforts to privatize USPS:

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Pahoa Post Office

Postal services suspended during the Kilauea Eruption partially resume Tuesday (Oct 9)

The National Park Post Office, located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, will reopen for business as usual. Its hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. The Pahoa Post Office will resume mail delivery to portions of the Leilani Estates subdivision. Delivery will be limited for now to addresses on the streets […]

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Wireless Emergency Alert System notifications appear on WEA capable cellphones.

Nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergecy Alert today (Oct 3)

The WEA portion of the test commences at 8:18 a.m. HST and the EAS portion follows at 8:20 a.m. HST. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

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Center for Digital Government

Hawaii ranks first in 2018 Digital States Survey

Hawaii is ranked first among fifty states in emerging technologies/innovation, according to the Center for Digital Government’s 2018 Digital States Survey. It also ranked second for its exemplary work in support of collaboration. In addition to those rankings, Hawaii received an overall grade of B+ in the Digital States Survey, up from B in 2016. […]

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A new fissure erupted this evening near fissures 2 and 7, beginning with small lava spattering at about 8:44 p.m. HST. By 9:00 p.m., lava fountains as high as about 70 m (230 ft) were erupting from the fissure. Photo taken Saturday, May 5, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Disaster emergency relief period extended for Hawaii Island’s volcanic eruption recovery

Gov. Ige has signed a fourth supplementary proclamation to support Hawai‘i Island’s recovery from Kilauea Volcano’s lava flows and activity. This fourth supplementary proclamation once again extends the authority to spend state funds as appropriated to protect the health, safety and welfare of Hawai‘i county residents. The proclamation also supports the state’s effort to provide […]

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Jen Ruggles

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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