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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

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) Food and Drug Branch is alerting residents of a voluntary recall of a series of vegetable products distributed in Hawai‘i. Mann Packing Company, Inc. is issuing this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution. The recalled products have “Best If Enjoyed By” date of Oct. ...
Read More Recalled vegetable products sold in Hawai‘i associated with potential contamination of Listeria

HONOLULU – Survivors and family members of those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury will share their firsthand experiences at an educational event on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oahu Veterans Center at 1298 Kukila Street in Honolulu. The free event is sponsored by ...
Read More Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Event Designed to Reduce Injuries in Hawai‘i Oahu Veterans Center Sunday, Nov. 17, 11 am – 2 pm

LĪHU‘E, KAUA‘I — The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, is making access to healthy food more convenient to ensure children have a healthy start in life. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, WIC will launch on Kaua‘i eWIC, an electronic benefits transfer card, which is used like a debit card and replaces ...
Read More Kaua‘i selected as pilot site for WIC transition from paper checks to electronic benefits transfer

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) will hold a public meeting to receive public comments on proposed changes to the existing state regulations for underground storage tank (UST) systems (Hawai‘i Administrative Rules, chapter 11-280.1). The meeting will be held at the DOH State Laboratory auditorium at 2725 Waimano Home Road in Pearl City ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health to hold Dec. 2 public meeting to receive comments on proposed rule changes for underground storage tanks

HONOLULU —The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting to receive comments on the U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency’s proposed plan to upgrade the underground storage tanks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The meeting will be at Moanalua Middle School,1289 Mahiole ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold Nov. 19 public meeting to accept public comments on the U.S. Navy’s proposed Tank Upgrade and Release Detection for Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health’s (DOH) annual Stop Flu at School program began this week and will continue in 185 public schools statewide through Nov. 27, 2019. The voluntary program administers free flu shots to students in kindergarten through eighth grade who are enrolled at participating schools. Approximately 31,500 students are expected ...
Read More Annual Stop Flu at School vaccination clinics begin statewide

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Sanitation Branch has issued a Notice of Violation and Order against Maggie Feng, dba Shaka Shaka Tea Express, located at 2600 S. King St. in Honolulu, with a penalty fine of $2,000 for unlawfully and intentionally removing a yellow “Conditional Pass” placard from their facility. The facility ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health issues ,000 fine to Shaka Shaka Tea Express for removing yellow placard

HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency have announced they have completed their proposed plans to implement the best available, practicable technology to ensure the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Tank Storage Facility is operated and maintained in an environmentally protective manner. The Navy’s tank upgrade alternatives and release detection document is available ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health and Environmental Protection Agency to hold public meeting on U.S. Navy’s proposed tank upgrade alternatives for Red Hill Bulk Fuel Tank Storage Facility in November

HONOLULU – The Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) is pleased to announce the selection of Kirby Shaw as its executive director. Shaw begins his appointment on Nov. 1, 2019 and succeeds Francine Wai, who is retiring after serving 41 years with DCAB and its predecessor agencies. The executive director implements programs and policy decisions, ...
Read More Disability and Communication Access Board appoints Kirby Shaw as executive director

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has received notification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a laboratory-confirmed case of angiostrongyliasis, or rat lungworm disease, in an adult visitor to Hawai‘i Island. With the additional case confirmed by CDC, this brings the statewide total to seven cases of individuals confirmed ...
Read More Seventh case of rat lungworm disease in 2019 confirmed in visitor to Hawai‘i Island