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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 ...
Read More State suspends revocation of medical cannabis dispensary license for Pono Life Sciences on Maui

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 ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health and community partners to expand vaccine access over Memorial Day weekend

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 ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health offers free COVID-19 testing before Memorial Day weekend activities

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 ...
Read More I will NOT have a stroke!

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 ...
Read More Department of Health offers free COVID testing at Windward Mall

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

KAUA‘I –  The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Food Safety Branch at the Kaua‘i District Health Office issued a green placard today to the Olympic Café located at 1354 Kuhio Highway in Kapa’a. The restaurant’s food establishment permit has been reinstated after it was issued a red placard earlier this week on May 10. The ...
Read More Kaua‘i District Health Office issues green placard to Olympic Café after closure earlier this week

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health is pleased adolescents age 12 to 15 are now eligible for COVID vaccines. Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that 12 to 15-year-olds receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The recommendation comes two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded emergency use authorization for the ...
Read More CDC recommends Pfizer COVID vaccine for 12-15-year-olds

Financial relief for Hawaiʻi WIC families HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program will increase their cash value benefit (CVB) to $35 for first-use dates of June, July, August, and September. In addition to the CVB that participants can use to purchase fruits and vegetables at authorized WIC vendors, participants receive milk, ...
Read More Temporary increase of WIC cash value benefits

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) to Pono Life Sciences Maui, LLC, and its individual licensee, Dr. William Mitchell, Jr. The order revokes the company’s and individual’s medical cannabis dispensary license, requiring the immediate closure of Pono Life Sciences’ medical cannabis production and retail ...
Read More State revokes medical cannabis dispensary license for Pono Life Sciences on Maui

HONOLULU – The vaccination clinics or Points of Dispensing (PODs) in Leeward and Windward Oahu that have been in operation for the past five months have been critical to the state’s rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations. With the vaccine now available at more sites, however, these PODs will be winding down this week. This Thursday, ...
Read More Leeward and Windward vaccination PODs wind down as state enters next stage of vaccination rollout

HONOLULU – Just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month, a new data dashboard tracking behavioral health provides key information and statistics on substance use, homelessness and mental health in Hawai‘i. The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center on Aging, Pacific Health Analytics Collaborative (PHAC), ...
Read More Department of Health and University of Hawai‘i launch ‘one-stop shop’ behavioral health dashboard

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health is advising consumers to dispose of or returnselected 15 ounce cans of S&W Organic Black Beans, 15 ounce cans of O Organic Brand BlackBeans and 15 ounce cans of O Organic Brand Chili Beans voluntarily recalled by FaribaultFoods, Inc. and shipped and sold in Hawai‘i at various stores. ...
Read More Recalled 15 oz. cans of S&W Organic Black Beans, O Organic Brand Black Beans, and O Organic Brand Chili Beans associated with potential contamination

HONOLULU – Hawai‘i state law requires all students receive a physical exam and age appropriate immunizations before starting seventh grade. Parents of children who have not received a well-child visit and vaccinations within the past year are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Before the first day ...
Read More Department of Health encourages parents of incoming 7th graders to schedule back-to-school vaccinations and physical examinations now