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HONOLULU – The first Ambient Community Air Sampling Reports for Lahaina, issued by the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH), confirm good ambient air quality for the period of January 13 to 24, 2024. “The results provide the community with reassurance that debris removal activities have not significantly impacted ambient air quality,” said Deputy Director for ...
Read More Lahaina Air Monitoring and Sampling Report Shows Good Air Quality

HONOLULU – The tobacco industry spends an estimated $22 million on marketing in Hawaiʻi each year costing the state $611 million in annual health care costs, $1.1 billion in lost productivity, and nearly $1,000 per household in state and federal tax burden....
Read More Department of Health extends “Stronger Together” campaign exposing tobacco industry targeted marketing to Hawai‘i’s youth  In an effort to combat the epidemic of youth vaping, the Hawaiʻi State Department ...
Read More Department of Health extends “Stronger Together” campaign exposing tobacco industry targeted marketing to Hawai‘i’s youth

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed five cases of pertussis (whooping cough) among members of a single household, including a child who was hospitalized. All five cases were unvaccinated. The family had traveled from the United States mainland and stayed at a hotel accommodation on O‘ahu. DOH is coordinating with the ...
Read More DOH confirms five cases of whooping cough

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has received a report of a travel-related dengue case on Maui, in an individual who had recent travel to countries where dengue is commonly found. The last confirmed case of locally acquired dengue in the state was in 2016. Dengue virus is spread from person to person ...
Read More Department of Health reports travel-related dengue virus case on Maui

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) Food and Drug Branch (FDB) is alerting residents of a voluntary recall alert by Ready Pac Foods, Inc. of four varieties of their salad kits because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. These salad kits were sold throughout the United States, including Walmart and Costco in Hawaiʻi, ...
Read More Department of Health issues a recall alert for four Ready Pac Foods, Inc. salad kits due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) continues to closely monitor the reported outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard the Queen Victoria cruise ship, which is set to dock in Honolulu on Feb. 12. Based on the available information, the outbreak appears to have been contained. We do not consider the cruise ship’s docking to ...
Read More UPDATE: DOH closely monitoring reported illnesses aboard Queen Victoria cruise ship

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is closely monitoring a reported outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard the Queen Victoria cruise ship, which is set to dock in Honolulu on Feb. 12. The illnesses appear to have occurred during the ship’s voyage between Florida and San Francisco from Jan. 22-Feb. 6. As of Thursday, ...
Read More DOH closely monitoring reported illnesses aboard Queen Victoria cruise ship

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH)’s Food Safety Branch issued Taste Tea a green placard and approved its reopening on February 2, 2024 after a follow-up inspection found that all critical food safety violations were corrected. Taste Tea, located at 98-1005 Moanalua Road, ʻAiea, received a red placard on February 1, 2024, ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health Approves Reopening of Taste Tea in Pearlridge Mall, ʻAiea

ʻAiea, Hawaiʻi – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) issued a red placard and immediately shut down Taste Tea, located at 98-1005 Moanalua Road, Aiea, due to lack of proper refrigeration for foods that must be stored cold at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below. The food establishment, operated by Taste Tea, Inc., received the red ...
Read More DOH issues red placard to Taste Tea in Pearlridge Mall, ʻAiea

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH), together with The Cohen Clinic at Child & Family Services, will sponsor a two day, in-person LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop open to Maui residents on Feb. 8, 2024 and Feb. 9, 2024. Participants will learn how to recognize when someone may be ...
Read More DOH Offers Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on Maui

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) Food and Drug Branch (FDB) is alerting residents to another voluntary recall alert by the Quaker Oats Company of an additional granola bar snack product, Quaker Chewy Dipps Llama Rama, because of potential Salmonella contamination. These products are sold nationwide, including most retailers and supermarkets in ...
Read More Department of Health issues an updated recall warning for Quaker Oats cereals, bars, and snacks due to an additional product with potential Salmonella contamination

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has received a report of a travel-related dengue case in Hawai‘i in an individual who had recent travel to countries where dengue is commonly found. The last confirmed case of locally acquired dengue in the state was in 2016. Dengue virus is spread from person to person ...
Read More Department of Health reports travel-related dengue virus case in Hawai‘i

All taps that tested positive for lead are being replaced HONOLULU, HI – In 2021 and 2022, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) collaborated on a project to test all drinking water sources at HIDOE elementary schools for lead. The project, which was funded by the U.S. Environmental ...
Read More DOH and HIDOE Launch Website to Monitor Progress of Repairs to School Drinking Water Fixtures

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) today was informed of approximately 50 complaints about tap water and air quality from Navy water system users, by a Red Hill Community Representation Initiative member. DOH is taking these reports seriously and as the state regulator for Hawaiʻi’s water purveyors, the department continues to conduct oversight ...
Read More DOH continues oversight of Navy water distribution system

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the University of Hawai‘i (UH) College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) has issued a memorandum this week detailing a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) determination for ‘awa (also known as “kava”). The DOH memorandum was developed to recognize the substantial history ...
Read More Department of Health announces a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) determination for ‘awa

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) Food and Drug Branch is alerting residents to a voluntary recall by Haleon, manufacturer of Robitussin cough syrups. Specifically, eight lots of Robitussin Honey CF Max Day Adult and Robitussin Honey CF Max Nighttime Adult cough syrup products are being recalled due to microbial contamination. The ...
Read More Department of Health issues voluntary recall alert for certain Robitussin Honey cough syrup products due to potential microbial contamination

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) issued a red placard and immediately shut down CJ’s New York Style Delicatessen, located at 2005 Kalia Road, due to a sewage backup. Later the same day, a follow-up inspection allowed the establishment to reopen with a green placard. The food establishment, operated by RTP HHV, A ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues red placard to CJ’s New York Style Delicatessen

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) is increasing air monitoring and sampling in Lahaina and Olowalu as Phase II debris removal commences. The increased air monitoring and sampling are being conducted to ensure that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) debris removal activities do not significantly impact air quality. The sampling and monitoring ...
Read More DOH to increase air monitoring and sampling during Lahaina debris removal

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) Food and Drug Branch is alerting residents to a voluntary recall by Big Island Candies of its 10 oz. Makana Brownie Assortment Box, because it may contain peanut allergens not listed on the label.  Approximately 120 boxes were sold at the Big Island Candies Ala Moana ...
Read More Department of Health issues voluntary recall alert for Big Island Candies Makana Brownie Assortment Box due to an undeclared allergen 

HONOLULU – The Department of Health (DOH) announced today the first influenza-associated death in a Hawaiʻi resident under the age of 18 during this influenza, or flu season. The child was an Oʻahu resident. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, no further information about the child is being released. “We are always especially saddened to announce the ...
Read More Department of Health announces first Hawaiʻi pediatric influenza-associated death of the 2023-24 season

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