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LIHUE – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) is issuing guidance to individuals who participated in Lihue Missionary Church youth excursions on July 25 and 31. These individuals may have been exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19. The highest risk individuals are those who rode in a van for a Lihue Missionary Church youth excursion ...
Read More COVID-19 Exposures Warrant Caution on Kauaʻi

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will offer free COVID-19 rapid testing at Kamalani Academy in Wahiawa Friday, August 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Test results will be available within 15 minutes. Please bring a government photo ID and wear a mask. Request an appointment by email to [email protected] Walk-ins will ...
Read More Free COVID testing returns to Wahiawa Friday

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) is increasing awareness of free COVID-19 testing sites available across the state. “Testing is a key mitigation measure, especially as we continue to see widespread community transmission,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char. “We encourage individuals exhibiting COVID symptoms and individuals who have been exposed to an ...
Read More Partnerships Increase Availability of Free COVID-19 Testing for Hawaii Residents

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will offer free COVID-19 rapid testing at Ilima Elementary School Saturday, July 31 from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 PM. Test results will be available within 15 minutes. Please bring a government photo ID and wear a mask. Request an appointment by email to [email protected] Walk-ins will also be ...
Read More Free COVID-19 Testing Available in Ewa Beach Saturday

HONOLULU – A series of trainings and exercises for oil spill response is scheduled for August 3-5, 2021 at Kalaeloa Barbers Point. The training is being conducted by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health’s (DOH) Office of Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG); representatives of Marine Spill ...
Read More Oil spill dispersant exercise on August 3-5 to strengthen Hawai‘i’s preparedness and response

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will offer free COVID-19 rapid testing at the Lanakila Health Center Friday, July 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Test results will be available within 15 minutes. Please bring a government photo ID and wear a mask. Request an appointment by email to [email protected] Walk-ins will ...
Read More Free COVID-19 testing returns to Lanakila Health Center

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) released updated COVID-19 Guidance for Schools that includes four core essential strategies and additional mitigation practices to facilitate the return to in-person learning in the 2021-2022 school year. “This update comes at a time when we are emphasizing the return to in-person learning for K-12 schools,” said ...
Read More COVID-19 Guidance for Schools Recommends Layered Approach to Return to In-Person Learning

Local comedian, influencer Tumua Tuinei lends his brand of comedy HONOLULU – The adolescent years are an important time as youth transition to adulthood, making it critical to promote life-long physical, mental, social, and emotional health. The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) recently launched a public awareness campaign to highlight TeenLink Hawaii, a youth empowerment, ...
Read More Department of Health highlights youth-focused empowerment resources with public awareness campaign

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) has partnered with the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System and the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to bring COVID-19 health and digital navigators and telehealth services to 15 libraries in underserved and rural areas statewide. The $3.7 million project ...
Read More Department of Health to bring health/digital navigators and telehealth support services to underserved communities

HONOLULU — About 4% of the water samples collected from faucets and drinking fountains at selected Hawai‘i public schools and child care facilities show elevated concentrations of lead. Water from those sources are no longer being used while ongoing monitoring and testing is conducted.  The Hawai‘i State Department of Education (DOE), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of ...
Read More Lead in drinking water at selected Hawai‘i public schools and child care facilities linked to faucet fixtures no longer being used while monitoring continues

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) is alerting residents and visitors that Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. (JJCI) is voluntarily recalling all lots of five NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® aerosol sunscreen product lines. Company testing identified low levels of benzene in some samples of the products. Consumers should stop using the affected products ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health warns consumers of recalled sunscreen products due to the presence of benzene

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Maui Food Safety Branch has issued a red “Closed” placard to Colleen’s at 810 Haiku Road on Maui for a rodent infestation. The establishment was closed during a health inspection yesterday when dead and live rodents were observed at the location. An initial inspection was conducted on July ...
Read More Department of Health issues red placard to Colleen’s in Haiku, Maui

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health (DOH) will offer free COVID-19 rapid testing at the Wahiawa Civic Center three times in July. Tests will be offered Saturday, July 17 and Saturday, July 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesday, July 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Variants and increased social interaction ...
Read More Free COVID testing comes to Wahiawa

Vaccination rates by county and age now include federal doses HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s COVID-19 data are more detailed thanks to statistical information on federal program vaccine recipients. Beginning today the Department of Health’s Disease Outbreak Control Division data dashboard reflects new data provided by federal agencies. This includes new information on ...
Read More New data provides a more accurate picture of vaccinations in Hawai‘i

DOH embargoes unpasteurized goat milk from various pet store supply and food retailers HONOLULU – Hawai‘i Department of Health Food Safety Branch inspectors are visiting pet supply stores and food retailers throughout the state and issuing cease and desist notices to those engaged in the illegal sale of unpasteurized goat milk. An embargo on raw ...
Read More Department of Health warns public not to drink raw milk

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) has detected a total of 13 cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617.2, also known as the Delta variant of concern. The Delta variant has been found on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i island. “The rapid spread of the Delta variant is troubling, but not ...
Read More Delta variant detected in all major counties

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 of concern, is spreading in the state. To date there have been three cases of the Delta variant associated with travel from the continental United States. Two of those cases are on O‘ahu ...
Read More Hawai‘i Department of Health laboratory detects community spread of Delta variant

HONOLULU – The Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) has released an application form with an instruction sheet for the new Disability Paid Parking Exemption Permit (DPPEP). Pursuant to changes to Hawai‘i Revised Statutes in 2019, starting July 1, 2021, temporary (red) placards, long-term (blue) placards, and special license plates no longer allow a permittee to park in a metered parking space ...
Read More Disability and Communication Access Board to issue new Disability Paid Parking Exemption Permit

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. ...
Read More State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides free help with Medicare enrollment decisions

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