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New Strains of COVID-19

What does it mean that the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) found a new strain of COVID-19 in Hawai‘i? Viruses change (mutate) over time. These mutated versions of the virus can survive and spread in a community,…
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Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

On February 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Johnson & Johnson, also known as Janssen, COVID-19 vaccine. This EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers provides quick…

Hawaii Foodbank adds additional pop-up distribution events

The Hawaii Foodbank is adding additional food distribution events in late October and November amid continued high need amid the pandemic. This includes four larger-scale distributions on Oct. 30, Nov. 8, Nov. 13…

Farm-to-Car program launches on Big Island, giving farmers a boost

After a successful run of the Farm-to-Car program on Oahu, Hawaii County will begin the same program this month. The farm-to-car initiatives supports local farmers and brings fresh produce to Hawaii families. Online…

State begins distribution of PPE, with more available for eligible organizations

The state has begun the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment, and more is still available. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency says they have shipped out the first round of the PPE. They’ll be heading…

Free grab-and-go meals return to more than 200 public schools this fall

Free grab-and-go meals are returning to more than 200 public schools starting Oct. 12 through Dec. 18, the Hawaii Department of Education announced on Thursday. The free meals are for children ages 18 and younger and are available…

Kokua No Ka Ohana pop-up distributions to begin Sept. 24

To keep food flowing to its highest-need communities, the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch has launched a series of pop-up food distributions across the island. Called Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana (Help for Families), the food distributions kicked…

City eases eligibility requirements for program offering assistance for rent, utilities

In a bid to help struggling Oahu families, the city has eased eligibility restrictions for its Household Hardship Relief Program. Under the new rules, a family asset limit has been eliminated and internet and cell phone bills…

Bike-share program switches gears during pandemic

Big Island residents are taking advantage of free, unlimited bicycle rentals that have been offered during the pandemic. Tina Clothier, interim executive director of Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, or PATH, a West Hawaii-based bicycle…

“Farm to Car” Program Returns to Support Local Farmers

The “Farm to Car” program returns this week to provide O‘ahu residents with affordable fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and other produce from local farmers. The innovative program is a partnership between the City and County of…

TheBus to implement ‘No Mask, No Ride’ policy starting Sept. 1

TheBus is updating their mask policy for all riders in light of new restrictions amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Starting Sept. 1, all riders will be required to wear a mask or face covering to board and ride TheBus…

Hawaii County urges eligible residents to apply for rent, mortgage assistance

Hawaii County is partnering with six non-profits to launch the Hawaii County Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program. The program is being funded with federal CARES act money to help families hit hard financially as…