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HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch has issued a $120,000 administrative penalty to Erin N. Carillo and Thomas H. Hernandez, the promoters of the Honolulu Tattoo Expo for aiding and abetting 12 unlicensed tattoo artists to practice the occupation of tattooing at a public event at the Hawaii Convention Center ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues maximum 0,000 penalty to Honolulu Tattoo Expo for violating public health laws by using 12 unlicensed tattoo artists at public event

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) was notified today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that an adult male who traveled to Maui from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 and to Oahu from Feb. 3-7 has been confirmed for COVID-19. The individual is a Japanese national who developed severe symptoms, ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health notified of confirmed COVID-19 case who traveled to Maui and Oahu

HONOLULU – Nearly 500 individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members, service providers and advocates from all islands will convene at the Hawai‘i State Capitol to celebrate their abilities during the 20th annual Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will highlight national Developmental Disabilities ...
Read More Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month kicks off with Day at the Capitol March 5

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has approved Hawai‘i Island licensee Hawaiian Ethos LLC for its second licensed medical cannabis dispensary retail center located at 64-1035 Mamalahoa Hwy., Unit J, Waimea, HI 96743. There are now 13 licensed retail dispensary locations operating on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui and Hawai‘i Island. Hawaiian Ethos opened ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health approves fifth dispensary on Hawai‘i Island to begin retail sales of medical cannabis

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed a case of angiostrongyliasis, or rat lungworm disease, in an adult on the island of Kaua‘i. With the additional case, this brings the statewide total to nine cases of individuals confirmed with angiostrongyliasis in 2019. This includes eight individuals who likely contracted the disease on ...
Read More Ninth case of rat lungworm disease in 2019 confirmed on Kaua‘i

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health Clean Air Branch (DOH) has issued Notices and Finding of Violation and Orders (NOVOs) against two companies. All those responsible have or had the option to request a hearing to contest their alleged violations and penalties. Covanta Honolulu Resource Recovery Venture (H-Power) in Kapolei on O‘ahu, was cited ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health cites H-Power and Pacific Aggregate for air permit violations

HONOLULU – Although the risk to the general public is low, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is working with state, county, and federal partners including the medical community and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively prepare for possible cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Last week, the DOH alerted ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health prepares for 2019 novel coronavirus

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is forewarning companies that make, distribute or sell flavored cartridge- or pod-based e-cigarettes to stop or risk the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) taking enforcement actions against them. The FDA announced the enforcement policy on Jan. 2, 2020, and companies have until the end of this ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health forewarns manufacturers, distributors and sellers of flavored cartridge e-cigarettes about FDA enforcement actions

Everyone is advised to get a flu vaccination HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is advising physicians statewide to be alert for patients who have travelled from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The department sent out a detailed medical advisory to healthcare providers today on reporting, testing, specimen collection, and interim healthcare infection ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health provides guidance to healthcare providers for 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China

New report projects continued decline in emissions below 1990 levels for 2020 and 2025 HONOLULU — Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change are threats to the health and environment of the Hawaiian islands, but Hawai‘i is making progress to mitigate the effects of these threats, based on findings in the Hawai‘i Greenhouse ...
Read More State on target to beat 2020 greenhouse gas emissions goal

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA) is committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of adolescents and young adults by conducting ongoing investigations and taking appropriate action toward unlicensed Special Treatment Facilities (STF) or Therapeutic Living Programs (TLP). OHCA has issued a Notice of Violation and Order ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance cites Pacific Quest Corp. for illegally operating unlicensed special treatment facilities or therapeutic living programs

HONOLULU – Big Island Dairy, LLC, a 2,500-acre dairy operation in ‘Ō‘ōkala on the Hamakua Coast on northeast side of Hawai‘i Island, has met all of the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s (DOH) enforcement actions to address the dairy’s water pollution act violations that began two years ago, according to Keith Kawaoka, the health department’s deputy director ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health ends enforcement against Big Island Dairy in ‘Ō‘ōkala

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) against the Hayama Trust, HH Constructions Inc., and Structural Hawaii, Inc. for discharging dirt, gravel and construction materials into Manoa Stream without State permits and DOH authorization. Officials from DOH’s Clean Water Branch responded to complaints of unpermitted ...
Read More Department of Health issues a Notice of Violation and Order to homeowner and contractors for unauthorized construction activities in Manoa Stream

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) against the Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS), R.M. Towill Corporation, SSFM International, Inc., and Drayko Construction, Inc. for discharging sediment from the Nuuanu Reservoir No. 4 to upper Nuuanu Stream over a period of 18 days and ...
Read More Department of Health issues a Notice of Violation and Order to Board of Water Supply and its contractors for polluting Nuuanu Stream

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Clean Air Branch has issued Notices and Findings of Violation and Orders (NOVOs) against six companies. All those responsible have or had the option to request a hearing to contest their alleged violations and penalties. Edwin DeLuz Trucking & Gravel, LLC in Waimea on Hawai’i Island was ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Clean Air Branch cites six companies for air permit violations

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA) is taking a stronger stand against unlicensed adult residential care homes to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of seniors. OHCA has issued a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) to Randal De Vera and Jeanne Ching of Kolea Senior Management Services, ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance cites Kolea Senior Management Services for illegally operating unlicensed care homes

Honolulu – During routine sampling of drinking water systems across the state, trace levels of organic chemicals were detected in water samples collected at the Haiku Town Water Association, Inc. water system on Maui and the Hawai‘i Department of Water Supply Kukuihaele water system on Hawai‘i Island. 1,2-Dibromochloropropane (DBCP) and 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP) were detected in ...
Read More Water remains safe to drink after trace levels of contaminants detected in one Maui and one Hawai‘i Island water well

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is advising travelers to be on alert for measles as international outbreaks around the Pacific and elsewhere continue to increase. This year, there were four reported cases of travel-related measles in Hawai‘i including three visitors and one resident. In 2018, there were no reported cases of measles ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health advises travelers to be on alert for measles

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health is pleased to announce Raymond Alejo as the recipient of the 2019 Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award, for his outstanding contributions in providing HIV/AIDS services in Hawai‘i. The award will be presented during the annual World AIDS Day ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu on Sunday, ...
Read More Raymond Alejo to Receive 2019 Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award on World Aids Day

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) recently confirmed two additional cases of lung injury related to the use of e-cigarette or vaping products and has received other reports for investigation. This brings the current number of confirmed cases in the state to four, with one individual confirmed in each county. Two of the ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health confirms additional cases of lung injury associated with the use of vaping products