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Virtual Welcome to Medicare Fair to provide local trusted assistance HONOLULU – Are you turning age 65 soon? Learn about signing up for Medicare from the comfort of your home or office. The Hawaii State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is here to help you navigate the complexities of Medicare and avoid late enrollment penalties. ...
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HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) confirms the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617.2, also known as the Delta variant, has been detected in the islands. This strain of COVID-19 was first detected in India, where the virus sparked a public health crisis in April and May. The Delta variant now makes up ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health laboratory detects Delta variant in Hawai‘i

HONOLULU – Over 200 stakeholders, advocates, and visionaries across the state gathered virtually today to launch the Healthy Hawai‘i Strategic Plan 2030 (HHSP), a roadmap for improving the health of Hawai‘i residents by preventing and reducing chronic disease. The HHSP and six (6) coordinating Program Area Plans—Asthma, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease & Stroke, Physical Activity ...
Read More Department of Health launches new Healthy Hawai‘i Strategic Plan and Unveils Vision for 2030

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch has issued a red “CLOSED” placard to Manoa Bar B Que Restaurant, located at 2752 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu for food safety violations cited during a health inspection on June 9, 2021. The violations involved repeated unsafe temperature control of cooked foods. The issuance of ...
Read More Department of Health issues red placard to Manoa Bar B Que restaurant for repeat food safety violations

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA) issued a Notice of Violation and Order today to Anita Felipe, owner of Island Promise Homes, LLC, for operating an unlicensed care home at 94-947 Lumihoahu Street in Waipahu. As a result of a complaint alleging the operation of an unlicensed adult ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues Notice of Violation and Order and an 8,000 penalty to unlicensed Waipahu care home operator

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will offer free COVID-19 rapid tests at the Lanakila Health Center in Kalihi this coming Saturday, June 12 and next Saturday, June 19. Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days. With the King Kamehameha Day state holiday coming up Friday, this ...
Read More Free COVID-19 testing coming to Lanakila Health Center

HONOLULU – A recent Hawaii Department of Health-commissioned survey has confirmed the need to make vaccinations more accessible for those who face health and social disparities, and that getting vaccinated can contribute to a person’s overall sense of mental well-being. The survey was conducted among 482 adult Hawai‘i full-time residents statewide to assess perceptions about ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health vaccination data confirms disparities, shows link between vaccination and mental health

HONOLULU – The State of Hawai‘i and community partners are expanding efforts to get more people in Hawai‘i vaccinated. #HIGotVaccinated Month will run through June and is aimed at educating and motivating Hawai‘i residents who have not yet received COVID-19 vaccinations. The business community is working together to offer incentives for vaccinated Hawai‘i residents, and ...
Read More State of Hawai‘i, healthcare, business communities launch new vaccination initiative

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health is unveiling its newest tool to help encourage more Hawai‘i residents to get vaccinated: COVID-19 vaccination progress maps. Based on vaccination data collected to date, the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Disease Outbreak Control Division has developed a new set of heat maps that show vaccination rates by ZIP ...
Read More Vaccination progress maps identify areas where improved vaccination access is critical to avoid “vaccine deserts”

Production and retail operations may resume for 120 days HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has suspended the Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) to revoke the medical cannabis dispensary license of Pono Life Sciences Maui, LLC, and its individual licensee, Dr. William Mitchell, Jr. Pono Life Sciences’ for a period of up ...
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Restaurants, malls, farmers market & beach park to serve as walk-up vaccination sites  HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health is partnering with community leaders to increase vaccination access over Memorial Day weekend. Vaccination sites are planned across the state at accessible locations such as malls, restaurants, farmers markets, and a beach park. These ...
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HONOLULU – A report by the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) shows COVID-19 (SARS-Cov-2) variants of concern account for a greater percentage of total COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i than ever and that percentage continues to increase. SLD also reports a growing presence of the P.1 variant which is highly infectious and may ...
Read More Variants are dominant COVID-19 in Hawai‘i

HONOLULU – Hawai‘i State Hospital, which is operated by the Hawai‘i Department of Health, gave a sneak preview of its new, 144-bed, secure psychiatric facility in Kaneohe today to a handful of legislators and media. The new, $160.5 million facility was officially turned over to the Hawai‘i Department of Health from the Department of Accounting ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health conducts preview tours of Hawai‘i State Hospital’s new patient facility

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is offering 150 free COVID-19 rapid tests at Windward Mall in Kāneʻohe on Wednesday, May 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Test results will be available within 15 minutes. Know you’re safe and COVID-19 free before or after getting together with friends and family for graduation ...
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KAHULUI – Pizza in Paradise, located at 60 Wakea Avenue, Suite 101, in Kahului, Maui, has been shut down by the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Maui Food Safety Branch because It was considered an “imminent health hazard.” The food service outlet, operated by Pacific Restaurant Management, LLC, received a red placard on Thursday, May 20, ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health shuts down Pizza in Paradise in Kahului, Maui for being an “imminent health hazard”

I will NOT have a stroke!

Posted on May 24, 2021 in Newsroom

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH), Developmental Disabilities Division’s Neurotrauma Program recognizes May as National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the #1 cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in Hawai’i. This is higher than the national average of stroke as the fifth leading cause of death among Americans. The ...
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HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will add probable COVID-19 cases to the state’s case count beginning Wednesday, May 19. This enhanced metric will reflect a more realistic account of the prevalence of COVID infections in the state. “People who test positive with an antigen test, but do not confirm infection by taking ...
Read More Department of Health to add probable cases to state’s case count & mask survey concludes

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i will upgrade the Waikiki Aquarium’s water system within the next five years to protect nearshore waters as part of an agreement with the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH). The Waikiki Aquarium was established in 1904 and has been an institution of the University of Hawai‘i since 1919. Based on ...
Read More University of Hawai‘i will upgrade Waikiki Aquarium’s water system to protect nearshore waters as part of an agreement with Hawai‘i Department of Health

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is offering free COVID-19 rapid testing at Windward Mall in Kāneʻohe Wednesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Test results will be available within 15 minutes. Recent COVID-19 outbreaks linked to a youth football tournament and performing arts center on O‘ahu. DOH continues to ...
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Science confirms value of vaccinations HONOLULU – A team of about a dozen microbiologists and other professionals has been on an important mission for more than a year: to collect and analyze data on the coronavirus to help epidemiologists determine how best to respond to the ongoing pandemic.   They’re part of a genomic surveillance project ...
Read More State’s microbiologists provide genomic virus data to shape future pandemic response

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