Entries by Jaylen Murakami

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 6/1

Last week, the world witnessed the heartbreaking and horrific death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. Protests occurring across the nation are in response to the long history of oppression, social injustice, and inequity experienced by the Black community. We at the Hawai‘i Public […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 5/18

This afternoon, Governor David Ige announced his 8th emergency proclamation, “Act with Care.” Along with the proclamation, the Governor released the state’s plan to reopen, which will guide both county and state decisions. Based on this plan, Hawai‘i is moving into the second phase, which reopens the “Kama‘āina Economy.” This means that if the number of cases […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 5/11

Hawai‘i has begun to take the first steps of reopening our economy – the Governor had given some low-risk businesses the green light to open as early as last week. Today, the State Legislature went back to work to tackle the budget deficit, capital improvement projects, CARES funding, and confirmation hearings for state boards, agencies […]

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Clarification on Governor’s 7th Emergency Proclamation: What’s Open for Business?

On Tuesday, Governor David Ige announced his “Safer at Home” order, which included the first phase of reopening our economy by allowing low-risk businesses to resume work. However, with variations between the counties and different messages provided at press conferences, there has been a lot of confusion about what businesses are allowed to be open and when. […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 5/4

In these uncertain times, one of the few bright spots are the many acts of kindness and generosity that have risen out of the crisis. Tomorrow, May 5, is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Hawaii’s generosity was on full display last Friday, as KHON2 and the Kūpuna […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 4/27

Hawai‘i continues to show positive signs, with the number of new COVID-19 continuing to slow and our healthcare system is operating within its capacity. Over the weekend, Governor Ige extended the stay-at-home order until May 31, with the possibility that some restrictions may be lifted as appropriate. As the state works towards reopening, officials must carefully […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 4/20

Hawai‘i is now in its fourth week of the statewide stay at home order and currently has 584 cases of COVID-19, with 423 recovered and 10 deaths. Thanks to your efforts to reduce the spread, Hawai‘i has among the lowest documented rates of COVID-19 infection in the nation, although there are still questions about generally […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 4/13

As another week of staying home passes, we hope you continue to stay physically and mentally well. We have seen encouraging signs that the number of new COVID-19 cases in Hawaiʻi has been slowing, but also have tragically seen more deaths and clusters of cases on Maui. This shows that the efforts we have been […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 4/6

It’s been about two weeks since the stay-at-home order, and many of us may be feeling anxious, stressed, bored, and lonely. In response, this week’s webinar features Mestisa Gass, PsyD. Program Director, Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi, who will provide strategies and practices of coping with stress and anxiety as we navigate through social distancing, quarantine, and […]

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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 3/30

HIPHI continues to work and serve the needs of the community. As mentioned in our last email, HIPHI is committed to providing you weekly email updates on Mondays and a webinar on Wednesdays. Our first webinar featuring Lieutenant Governor Josh Green was a great success and had nearly 1,000 participants – you can watch it […]

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2019 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Thursday, May 2, was sine die at the State Legislature, the closing of the 2019 Legislative session. After many committee hearings, discussion, and negotiation, 298 bills passed the legislature and will now go to the Governor to be signed into law. This is about 9.5 percent of the 3,142 total bills that the House and […]